PhD Fellow in Nutrition, Public Health or Related Fields
University of Copenhagen Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

PhD Fellow in Nutrition, Public Health or Related Fields

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Nutrition/Public Health commencing 01.06.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment 

The PhD student will be enrolled at Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, but will be expected to collaborate closely with co-supervisors at Department of Food and Resource Economics.

The Section for Preventive and Clinical Nutrition at Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports possesses specialist expertise within the documentation of the health effects of foods, diets, clinical nutrition and the use and development of biomarkers. (Read more here).

The Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) holds research expertise in economics and social science aspects of food consumption and production, environment and nature (Read more here).

Project description

In this project, the aims are to identify intervention and entry points to enable a transformation process to resilient, sustainable food systems and to identify potential pathways towards more sustainable consumption and food production. This will be done by mapping and analysing five case territories (Copenhagen, Cilento, North Hessia, Warsaw, Kenitra) in a transdisciplinary way from four perspectives • system transition, • shifting towards sustainable diets, • enhancing organic food & farming, and • reducing waste. The tasks include collection and analysis of available data from households and public procurement related to organic and sustainable food systems, i.e. adherence to recommendations and dietary indices, health, economic factors, socio-cultural factors and environment. The PhD project is part of a larger European study with cross-disciplinary research collaboration.

Principal supervisor is Professor Susanne Bügel, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports,, Direct Phone: +4535332490. Co-supervisors are Professor Jørgen Dejgaard Jensen and Associate Professor Sinne Smed; Department of Food and Resource Economics.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Public Health; Nutrition or related fields with good results and good English skills.
As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), experience in collection and analysis of empirical data, and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
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.
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 April 2021, 23:59 GMT +2. 

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Susanne Bügel, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. E-mail:, Direct Phone: +4535332490.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Jørgen Dejgård Jensen


Susanne Gjedsted Bügel


Application deadline: 05-04-2021
Employment start: 01-06-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department/Museum: Nutrition, exercise and Sports
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