Department of Food Science, Aarhus University

The Department of Food Science, Aarhus University invites applications to a Tenure Track position in crop physiology. We are looking for a successful candidate with a strong research profile within food crop physiology, who would like to work with a highly engaged and motivated staff in an innovative and dynamic working environment. The position is available from 1 October 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position

You are expected to have a strong research profile in crop physiology, focusing on either protected plant production systems of high-value crops or the interaction of (multiple) stress conditions in field crops. Expertise in both areas is valuable, but candidates specializing in either field are welcome. You should have documented research experience within physiological aspects of climate change related stresses and/or how to manipulate climate conditions (temperature, water, light, CO2) and other horticultural factors to improve plant growth, yield, quality and to reduce resource use. The position focus on physiological responses of high value crops grown in protected environments or in the field, with new approaches and goals for sustainable production of fruit, vegetables, field crops and ornamentals but will also contribute to policy advise.
This Tenure Track position aim to strengthen and complement ongoing research on climate resilient high value crops both in protected production and the field. The position is aligned to the Science Team Plant, Food & Sustainability.

Successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Establish and lead their own research area including development of international networks
  • Deliver innovative research of the highest international standard, take initiatives for externally funded research activities, and be granted competitive research funding
  • Communicate research outcomes through publication in high impact international peer-reviewed publications
  • Deliver research-based teaching (graduate-level teaching in English), and supervise bachelor, masters and PhD students
  • Contribute to relevant tasks in research-based policy advice according to the Agreement with the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

You are be expected to have:

  • Extensive research experience with crop physiological methods and plant x climate interactions.
  • Experience in photosynthetic research is an advantage
  • Thorough research experience of protected crop production (controlled environmental agriculture)
  • Experience in complex data handling and analysis

Collaboration and exchange of knowledge with industry and advisory services, and the Danish Government are seen as a natural part of the position.


  • PhD degree in crop physiology and minimum of 2-3 years of relevant postdoc experience
  • A proven publication record in international peer-reviewed journals (minimum 15 publications)
  • Teaching experience at BSc and MSc level
  • Experience in international research collaboration and networking
  • Documented ability to attract or contribute to attracting research funding
  • Write and speak English fluently
  • Have an independent mindset, good leadership qualities, high flexibility, and like to work in an international and team-oriented environment

The Department of Food Science

The Department of Food Science is part of the Faculty of 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, and Sensory and Consumer Science. The Department currently employs approx. 60 full time research staff and 80 PhD students and Postdocs, with an additional approx. 60 Master and Bachelor thesis-based students and visiting researchers, who together contribute to an international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars.

We offer a challenging and independent job opportunity in an ambitious and inspiring research and education environment with an informal atmosphere. We are looking for a dynamic employee who is able to work independently and maintain an overview during periods of high workload. We expect that you are efficient at planning your time and organizing major tasks. You enjoy interaction with both scientific staff, students and technical-administrative staff and you have a flair for establishing collaborative relationships. 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 Plant and Food Science, 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 and host PhD-courses

The Department also conducts research-based advice of the Danish Government in the areas of plant production and food quality.

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