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Assistant professor in food microbiology with focus on cheese quality, safety and technology

Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a position as assistant professor from 1st May 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position is for a period of 3 years.

The position is anchored in a project for pushing the limits in cheese manufacture and ripening, which implies research obligations within: (i) advanced genotypic and phenotypic analysis methods; (ii) characterization and quantification of quality and safety risks involved in cheese manufacturing and ripening; (iii) Experimentally determination and selection of best scenario conditions to improve quality and safety during cheese processing and ripening; (iv) screening, selection and application of alternative bio-protective techniques.

The department has a strong platform within processing of cheeses as well as its analytical microbiology and chemistry that will support the project tasks. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with a number of internal and external partners, including industry, and experience with such collaboration is essential. The duties also include obligations with regards to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching.

The assistant professor’s duties will be associated to the Section of Food Microbiology and Fermentation, and include teaching (B.Sc. and M.Sc. level) within the field of cheese microbiology and technology. To a limited extent this role may also include performance of other duties.

The candidate should have qualifications within several of the following areas

  • Development of analytical methods
  • Microbiological safety and quality
  • Cheese processing and technology
  • Health and Nutrition

In addition the appointed should have: 

  • A PhD degree related to the subject area of the position
  • Experience in managing of research projects with industrial focus
  • Documented research skills within analytical microbiology and chemistry within dairy science
  • Documented teaching skills within microbiological safety and quality
  • A collaborative mind set and excellent English skills

For further information on the Department please visit Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Fergal Rattray,

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically and must contain:
  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications
  • List of publications

The deadline for applications is 26th March 2017

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held during week 14.



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Fergal Rattray


Ansøgningsfrist: 26-03-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-05-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Fødevarevidenskab

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