Assistant Professor in Food Technology

Lund University Faculty of Engineering

Assistant Professor in Food Technology with a focus on Nutrition

Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Institutionen för livsmedelsteknik

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition, at Lund University, Faculty of Engineering invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor in Food Technology with a focus on Nutrition.


Food Technology with a focus on Nutrition.

Subject description

Research in food technology with a focus on nutrition. The subject concerns consequences and mechanisms of overnutrition and malnutrition, and other physiological functions of importance for the health of the consumer. The health effects are studied in relation to chemical and physical properties of food as well as changes in intestinal microflora, composition and metabolism. The research focus on nutritional aspects in an international from an Agenda 2030 perspective. Examples can be malnutrition and deficiency diseases in industrialized- and developing countries.

Work duties

Employment as an Assistant Professor is a career development position, which aims for the holder to develop his or her independence as a researcher and educator. The work duties mainly involve research and teaching. The position shall include the opportunity for five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Work duties include:

  • Research within the subject area.
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies, including teaching within the EIT Master of Food Systems.
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students.
  • Actively seeking external research funding.
  • Work with application, planning and teaching in connection with the department's SIDA project
  • Collaboration with industry and wider society in an international context.
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to Assistant Professor requires that the applicant has a PhD or acquired corresponding research expertise.

Priority should be given to applicants who have completed their degree or acquired the equivalent expertise no more than five years before the last date for applications.

Assessment criteria

For appointment to Assistant Professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional requirements

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience of working with the development of international degree programmes.
  • Experience of working with educational issues within the EIT or developing similar international collaborations together with industry.
  • Experience of working with SIDA or equivalent international development organizations.

Other qualifications

  • The ability to supervise doctoral students who complete their doctoral education alternately between their home country and the Swedish/European university.
  • Experience in teaching in food nutrition, food chemistry or similar areas.
  • Experience of international development work outside the university.

Consideration will also be given to ability to cooperate, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research, education and innovation within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of 6 years. The employment is regulated in accordance with Chapter 4 Section 12a§ HEA.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:


Promotion to Senior Lecturer in Food Technology with a focus on Nutrition

During the period of employment, an Assistant Professor can apply for promotion to a permanent position as Senior Lecturer if he or she has the required qualifications listed below and is deemed suitable. An Assistant Professor can only apply for promotion once.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to Senior Lecturer requires that the applicant has:

  • A PhD or corresponding research competence or professional expertise considered important with regard to the subject matter of the post and the work duties it will involve.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means.

Assessment criteria
The assessment criteria specify the aspects to be taken into account, and the level to be achieved, in order for the assessment criteria to be deemed fulfilled. The following assessment criteria must be fulfilled for appointment to senior lecturer:

  • A good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • Good teaching ability, including a good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • An ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • An ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

Additional requirements

  • Good ability to co-operate, independence and drive.
  • Progression in research and teaching expertise.
  • Ability to actively, independently seek and successfully acquire external funding.
  • Ability to contribute to renewal of the organization’s activities.
  • Documented experience of international cooperation on master's level education.
  • Documented good ability for international cooperation on doctoral education.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/529
Marie Wahlgren, 046-2228306
Mattias Alveteg, +46462223627
Union representative
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364,
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362,
Published 08.Apr.2022
Last application date 20.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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