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Tenure Track / Associate Professorship position in food packaging
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Tenure Track / Associate Professor position in food packaging 1001810
iFOOD; the Aarhus University Centre for Innovative Food Research, anchored at the Department of Food Science, invites applications for a tenure track or associate professor position within the area of Food packaging. The iFOOD centre is an interdisciplinary research centre funded by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University, but includes collaboration and expertise across Aarhus University, see www.ifood.au.dk.
The position is available from 1. December, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
We are specifically interested in individuals who can apply their expertise to both plant- and animal-based food products within food packaging. It is expected that the successful candidate will have documented experience on the interaction of food in relation to packaging and how to implement novel sustainable solutions to optimize food quality and deliver food in innovative ways to meet consumer trends whilst minimising food waste. Knowledge on the influence of modified atmosphere, light and temperature exposure, use of edible films, biodegradable materials, smart packaging systems, sensors, but also food quality parameters including sensory, microbiology, oxidation and other molecular changes as affected by packaging is important, within the context of healthy and convenient food solutions.
New research initiatives in food packaging should complement existing Department activities in food quality, food components, ingredients, shelf life, postharvest research, differentiated and biofunctional foods, with a specific focus on delivering new, healthy and convenient foods.
Science and Technology Tenure Track
Aarhus University offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates will be appointed for a period of six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured position.
The aim of the Science and Technology Tenure Track Programme is to:
attract outstandingly talented individuals that are competitive at an international level
to promote the early development of independent research success early in the career of scientists
to create transparency in the academic career path
PhD degree and postdoc research experience required, within food processing, or food packaging
Proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
Teaching experience at BSc and MSc level
Experience in international research collaboration and networking
As part of the tenure track position, the candidate will be offered:
access to 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 Aarhus University Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate after three years, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. The final tenure review will be conducted after five and a half years. If the review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor/Senior Researcher at Aarhus University.
Qualifications for the Associate Professor level at Aarhus University include a strong academic background, documented successful grant writing and experience with project management, industrial/public sector collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision experience.
Criteria for evaluating candidates can be found here.
The Department of Food Science
The Department of Food Science is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University and includes research across the food value chain within the areas of Plant Production Systems, Biofunctional Food, Systems Biology, Food Chemistry and Technology, Food Quality, Food Metabolomics and Sensory Science. The Department currently employs approx. 60 full time scientific staff and 50 PhD students and Postdocs, with approx. 30 visiting staff and students contributing to an international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars.
The Department works in teams and therefore self-leadership, clear and open communication, success in mentoring, supervising and teaching are important qualities needed to be successful in the Department. In addition, the Department has a strong culture that is based on openness, equality, consultation and inclusion, and contributing to the Department strategy and working environment is viewed as important.
The Department is responsible for a Master's programme in Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology, taught at AU, Denmark, and a Master's programme in Food and Health at the Sino-Danish Center in Beijing, China. In addition, Department staff contribute to several other key interdisciplinary educations, including Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Agrobiology, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in Food Technology, Aarhus University. Staff also teach on a number of other educations offered at other Universities in Denmark and China.
Employment / Conditions of Appointment
The employer is Aarhus University, Denmark.
The place of work is Department of Food Science, AU-Foulum campus, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark. The positions are initially located at the AU-Foulum campus. It is
planned that the Department of Food Science will be relocated to Agro Food Park, Skejby, Aarhus in 2019.
Positions are open for appointment from 1. December, 2018.
Aarhus University offers competitive start-up packages.
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
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