Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, is offering four PhD scholarships in fruits, vegetables and legumes quality design, with expected commencement on 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The PhD positions are associated to a newly funded EU Marie S. Curie ITN project, “Enginomics in food quality design: the case of shelf-stable fruit-, vegetable- and legume-based foods”, FOODENGINE, with a total of 13 early-stage researcher positions together with other participating institutions.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order. The University wishes their staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. By the end of June 2018, all shortlisted applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application.
Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student in FOODENGINE are:
  • Participate in the research environment at FOOD and the network activities of FOODENGINE
  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in congresses
  • Teach and disseminate your research
Worth of Award
  • Attractive 3-year full-time employment contract in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers of the European Commission – continuation after the first year is dependent upon a positive evaluation Enrolment in a PhD program whereby PhD tuition fee is paid by project Supervision by recognized experts and access to (beyond) state-of-the-art research and pilot-scale infrastructure Training in complementary skills via participation at workshops, winter schools and conferences
  • 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 and according to the rules and regulations laid down by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie S. Curie Innovative Training Networks.
  • The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff (available on request).
Eligibility
  • At the time of commencement, it is required that the candidate has not been awarded a doctorate degree and are within the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers.
  • Furthermore, the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • The candidate is required to spend part of their project period at other institutions in the FOODENGINE consortium on secondments.
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates  
  • Outstanding, self-motivated researcher with willingness to travel/be seconded on a regular basis in order to perform top-notch research in leading academic institutions, R&D divisions, and industries.
  • Holding a Master´s degree in Food Science and Technology or related discipline with excellent study results (typically minimum “distinction”, “70%” or “second class upper”).
  • The grade point average achieved.
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme: see above for each PhD.
  • Previous research publications.
  • Other professional activities.
  • Language skills: Solid written and oral communication skills in English are prerequisites of any successful application (typically IELTS min. 7, TOEFL internet-based min. 90 or similar level as proven by other tests).
How to Apply 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Please include:
  • Cover Letter, stating which of the four PhD projects you are applying for and describing research career goals, skills and experience
  • 2-page research project related to the topic of choice
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Full contact details of two reference persons
  • Documentation of English language qualifications
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
Deadline: applications close  6 May 2018 at 23:59 CET. 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

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