Associate Professor of Sustainable Food and Bio Systems

Department of People and Technology (IMT), Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as associate professor in sustainable food- and biosystems from 1st August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

In announcing the position, IMT looks to simultaneously strengthen its relationship with the private sector mainly through the Danish Food and Bioresources Cluster and  with an ambition to focus on stakeholders in Region Zealand. Simultaneously, IMT aims develop its research and teaching in sustainable transition related to food and bio systems. The Department is interested in applicants, whose research and teaching profile primarily includes one of these fields; applicants who wants to work closely with the university’s external stakeholders in Region Zealand; and applicants who seek an interdisciplinary research and education environment.

Department of People and Technology is the largest department at RUC, and covers a range of subject areas, broadly focused on human – society – technology interactions and covering e.g. sustainable transition, social entrepreneurship, urban planning, sustainable digitalization, health studies etc. This position is linked to the research group METRIK addressing the interaction between societal and technological development with particular focus on planning and regulation issues relating to environment, food, energy, nature and resources. The METRIK group works interdisciplinary, strategic and action-oriented with research issues on environmental transition and sustainable development.ø-energi-transport-regulering-innovation-og-klimapolitik

Responsibilities and tasks

The associate professor’s work will primarily include research (including publication/academic dissemination work) and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. In addition to research and research-based teaching, the position also requires sharing of knowledge with the rest of society – including participation in public debates. Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to develop skills as research manager. It is expected that the candidate has an aptitude for external collaboration, and Roskilde University provides the candidate with a reduced teaching load of 150 hours within the first three year to cover commitment with one or more of the Danish cluster organisations. Applicants are referred to the university’s Faculty expectations for specifications on the required level of qualifications within research, teaching, networking, fundraising, impact and outreach etc.

The ideal candidate for this position is expected to:

  • Demonstrate active engagement with stakeholders in the public and private sector in Denmark
  • Perform research and publish in leading international, peer-reviewed journals, possibly supplemented with research monographs with high-ranking academic publishers
  • Secure external research funding and engage in research partnerships
  • Contribute to the development of the research profile of the Department and in METRIK research group.
  • Increase the international recognition of the research conducted
  • Develop and nurture research networks nationally and internationally, including industry, civil and public sector partners.
  • Contribute to developing the educational programmes of the Department.
  • Teach/supervise/assess PhDs, take part in the doctoral school’s teaching programme, and attract new PhD students
  • Act as a mentor for junior researchers with guidance and supervision
  • Contribute to the administrative responsibilities of the Department including academic assessments.
  • Actively contribute to the research environment by a visible and physical presence at the Department

The applicant must participate actively in the activities organized by the research group and contribute to the development of problem-oriented and transdisciplinary research projects with colleagues as well as external partners.

The applicant is expected to teach at the Sustainable Transition (TekSam) and at one of the related bachelor programs. The teaching tasks consist partly of project supervision and partly of course teaching. The students prepare a project about sustainable transition within a self-chosen topic governed by guidelines in study program, combing relevant elements from social sciences, natural sciences and technical sciences. The courses present theories and methods. 


Applicants must hold a PhD degree and qualifications equivalent to a completed employment period as assistant professor.

We are looking for an applicant with a strong research profile related to sustainable transition in food and bio systems. We expect an applicant that can document innovative research within the academic field of sustainable transition related to food and bio systems and with a specific interest in practice-oriented co-operations. A theoretical-methodological research perspective inspired by socio-technical and STS approaches will be an advantage with a special emphasis on qualitative methods. Analytical and methodological competences within social sciences and especially practice theoretical perspectives will be considered a further preference.

Experience with interdisciplinary and cooperation-oriented approaches to the research area will be a priority. It is expected that the associate professorship is actively participating in furthering the collaboration between Roskilde University and (private and public) actor groups in the food & bio clusters in Region Zealand. Experience with and active participation in larger projects with international partners, preferably including interdisciplinary and multi actor participation, is considered an advantage. The associate professor is expected to have deep and detailed knowledge of the research needs of local, national and global production-consumption collaborations across the food and bio resources value chains – for example within areas such as food, meals, gastronomy, farming, land use or biodiversity issues in relation to sustainable transition extending METRIKs dynamic involvement in this field. It will be considered an advantage if the associate professor has experience with co-developing and implementing research-based knowledge, for example, through social innovation and research-practice partnerships from a university perspective. The associate professor must have documented experience in attracting and managing external funded projects and with publishing in international scientific journals.

The applicant is expected to possess initiative and good cooperative skills, be visible and actively contributing to organizing the daily activities in METRIK research group and the connected teaching programmes. Experiences with problem-oriented project supervision and teaching at university level is an advantage. Both professional and social competencies will be prioritized in the efforts to create an inspiring daily working environment

Within three years of employment, the applicant is expected to be able to teach in Danish.


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

  • relevance of research expertise for the position and research group,
  • scientific production and research potential at an international level,
  • the ability to create, promote and utilize research results,
  • experience in teaching and education development and management,
  • the ability to create an engaged and interactive learning environment that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their profiles,
  • basis academic experience, preferably including international academic experience, e.g. from reviewing or editing academic papers and/or from organizing research conferences or seminars,
  • the ability to attract external funding and manage research projects in collaboration with external partners such as public authorities, private companies, NGO’s etc.
  • networks, experience from research environments and collaborative abilities


For further information about the position, please contact the Dean, Andreas de Neergaard tel. +45 24434331 /; or head of the METRIK research group Thomas Budde Christensen tel. (+45 20784379) /

Terms of employment

The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to the Dean, Andreas de Neergaard.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure 

After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Research plan (2 pages, based on own experience and visions)

4. Description of own research network and collaboration experience (1 page)

5. Documentation of education 

6. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here

7. A complete list of publications 

8. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment  

  If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here

Please submit your application no later than 12 December 2021.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The position is part of a larger strategic effort by Roskilde University to strengthen its research profile within research fields that open new avenues for external collaboration with the private and public sector, for example through the Danish innovation cluster organisations. Roskilde University is an active part of the cluster organisations CLEANDanish Life Science ClusterFood and Bio Cluster DenmarkWE BUILD DENMARKDigitalLead and Maritime & Logistics Innovation Denmark. Furthermore, as the Region Zealand university, Roskilde University is particularly committed to addressing the research and innovation needs of the region’s stakeholders.
Application due date
Institut for Mennesker og Teknologi

Scientic staff
ContactAndreas de NeergaardDekan for Teknologi og Sundhed

Roskilde Universitet
Universitetsvej 1
Postboks 260
4000 Roskilde

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