The National Food Institute (DTU Food) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites applications for a position as researcher in the Research Group on Nutrition, Sustainability and Health. One of the focus areas of the group is conducting The Danish National Survey of Diet and Physical Activity. The research group is interdisciplinary combining nutrition and sociological perspectives. It has a dynamic staff with especially national but also some international visibility, many research collaborations with other universities and organisations.

The research field concerns determinants for dietary habits, including sustainable and healthy diets as well as physical activity. The focus is on social determinants, attitudes and beliefs and research methods include both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. We provide you with the best conditions including a mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, teacher training and relevant networks. After maximum 6 years you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, and if evaluated positively, you will acquire a permanent Senior Researcher position.

Responsibilities and tasks 
DTU Food wants to strengthen our research within dietary habits among population segments with a particular focus on health and sustainability. You will contribute to this research by:

  • Being responsible for the design and documentation of survey questions, data processing and handling of survey data on social background, meal habits and attitudes to healthy and sustainable eating
  • Being involved in development of new externally funded projects via engagement with industry and authorities.
  • Dissemination of results in international scientific journals and at conferences
  • Contributing to teaching and supervising student projects.
  • Contributing to further development of the research field of the group and particularly of the social science perspectives
  • Engage in advisory tasks for authorities and other stakeholders within the area of healthy and sustainable diets, physical activity and social determinants


  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) within the area of food sociology, public health or the like
  • You must have in depth experience with design and development of population based public health surveys, preferable with regard to diet and physical activity, data processing and analyses of survey data
  • You must have in depth knowledge about social science perspectives on food and eating, e.g. social inequality in healthy diets and consumer attitudes to food, nutrition and health
  • You should have knowledge within nutrition and sustainability
  • You must have experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, preferably including mixed method research
  • You must have experience in statistical analyses and in publication of results
  • You must be able to work interdisciplinary but also independently and be able to build up own research area
  • In relation to the surveys, you must be able to master the Danish language (both written and oral) as well as master English well.

Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU. In addition, we expect you to be a team player and actively seeking collaboration internally and externally.

As a successful Tenure Track candidate, you will meet DTU’s Tenure Track requirements. You have documented teaching experience and have experience in supervising students from Bachelor to PhD. You are among the best research talents in your field with the potential to reach the highest international level. You have documented scientific production at the highest international level and can document initiative for independent and original project ideas. You have the personal drive and potential to attract external funding for research activities and you thrive in a multidisciplinary work environment.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration with academia
  • Experience with and quality of teaching
  • Communication skills (in English and preferably also Danish or another Scandinavian language)

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Tenure Track at DTU
DTU offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the DTU Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Researchers for a period of up to six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured Senior Researcher position.

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate receives:

  • Access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • Capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • A mentoring programme
  • Support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level

As part of the DTU Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. If the final review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Senior Researcher at DTU.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The candidate is expected to take up the position in March 2021 or soon hereafter.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Anja Biltoft-Jensen,, tel: +45 3588 7425 and Head of Division Henning Høgh Jensen,

You can read more about DTU Food at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 7 December 2020 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures that is not submitted through the online system or received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.


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