Professor in Food, Nutrition And Dietetics, Especially Meal Research
Uppsala University Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics

Professor in Food, Nutrition And Dietetics, Especially Meal Research


Sort on published: 2019-04-09


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.


The study of food, nutrition and dietetics helps us understand the complexity of food and mealtimes for individuals, different groups and contexts based on perspectives from the social and natural sciences. The Department of Food Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics which is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University and conducts interdisciplinary research and education focusing on food, mealtimes and health for individuals, groups and communities. The Department offers various research specialisations under three main categories: meal research, dietetic communication and nutrition. This professorship is to focus on meal research and include cultural, social and health elements. Research in the area is both macro and micro-level and development of the field’s knowledge base, just as the development of theory and methods is also significant.


Principal duties: General responsibility for research and education at the Ph.D. level within the field and responsibility for further development of the field. Teaching and tutoring at all levels. The faculty’s aim is that about half the appointee’s working hours should be dedicated to her or his own research. There is also the possibility of a paid sabbatical semester after a number of years of employment. Supplying information about research and development in the research field, and planning and leading research projects (including applying for research grants). Administrative assignments, including managerial duties, at department and other levels within Uppsala University may be relevant.


Qualifications required: The eligibility criteria for employment as a professor are research as well as teaching experience (Higher Education Ordinance Ch 4 Sec 3). Research expertise should be demonstrated through independent research and through research activities of high international and national quality. The applicant should have demonstrated skills in planning, initiating and managing research projects, including the ability to secure competitive research grants, and well-documented aptitude in the supervision of Ph.D. students.


Teaching skills should be demonstrated through merits in teaching and instruction. In addition, applicants should be able to demonstrate a well-documented ability in supervision at undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. levels, as well as meet the criteria stated in the Uppsala University's appointment regulations (section 33) and the Faculty of Social Sciences’ complementary guidelines (section 2b).


Under Uppsala University’s appointment regulations, it is also a general eligibility requirement that teachers possess the personal qualities necessary to capably perform the duties of the post.


To be eligible for this appointment, candidates must meet requirements for a professorship in the food, nutrition and dietetics with a research track record in meal research.


Applicants must have the ability to teach in Swedish and English. Any appointee who is only proficient in one of these languages at the start of employment must be able to also teach in the other language within two years.


Assessment, research and teaching skills:


Assessment for the appointment of professors at Uppsala University shall be based on the degree of skills required for the appointment.


In the appointment of this professorship, ranking will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise, with special emphasis on research expertise. A combined consideration of all bases of assessment, however, could result in an applicant deemed to be vastly superior in teaching expertise being ranked higher than a candidate with superior research expertise.


When the research expertise of an applicant is assessed, the quality achieved is of prime importance. The scope of the applicant’s research, in terms of both breadth and depth, is also essential to consider. The applicant’s contribution to the international and national scientific communities will be assessed based on quality and scope of research publications in the most relevant publication channels for the field. In the assessment of the requirement for international qualifications, the nature and specific conditions of the subject area will be taken into account.


Research expertise should be demonstrated through independent research that significantly exceeds the requirements of a senior lecturer in terms of both quality and quantity.


Unless special circumstances exist, the applicant should have served as the primary supervisor for at least one Ph.D. student and supervised this student through completion and defence of their doctoral thesis.


Teaching expertise will be assessed as carefully as research expertise. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the prime consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be afforded consideration. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead, and develop teaching and instruction, as well as the ability to connect research to teaching in respect to research in the subject at hand, subject didactics, and teaching and learning in higher education.


Assessment criteria, additional skills:


Candidates must also possess the necessary administrative and other skills significant to the subject content and duties of the position. The ability to cooperate, to develop and supervise activities and staff, and to contribute to synergies both within and outside the department will also be considered. Attention will also be given to the applicant’s ability to interact with the surrounding community and inform the public about research and development work.


Experience in managerial roles, demonstrated by supervision of a departmental environment or similar, will be considered a plus.


When Uppsala University appoints new teachers, the applicants selected are those who, following a qualitative total assessment of expertise and merits, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and contribute to a positive development of the department.


Merits must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both quality and scope.


The Recruitment Committee may in this recruitment come to use interviews, trial-lectures and referrals. The applicant should therefore submit a list of referees with insight into the applicant’s professional skill as well as personal qualities that may be of relevance for the position, e.g. ability to cooperate, ability to lead and working methods.


Personal circumstances (such as full or part-time parental leave, trade union appointments, military service, or other) that may benefit the applicants in the assessment of qualifications should be included in the list of qualifications and experience (Curriculum Vitae).


Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.


How to apply: A complete application should be submitted to Uppsala University’s on-line recruitment portal. It should comprise:


    Letter of application

    List of appendices

    Curriculum Vitae

    Account of academic qualifications

    List of publications

    Account of teaching qualifications

    Account of other qualifications

    Academic works and any educational works being brought to bear

    List of referees


Instructions on how to prepare your application are available on the Faculty’s website:


Instructions to applicants for appointment as professor


Note! Applications and appendices must be submitted digitally on the recruitment portal My Network. Any cited publications that are not in digital format must be sent in three copies to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala. Please clearly mark the envelope/package with the reference number UFV-PA 2019/708


For more information, please see:


Appointment regulations for Uppsala University


and the Faculty’s complementary guidelines


For additional information on the appointment, please contact: Deputy Head of Department Helena Elmståhl, tel +46 (0)18-471 22 07, e-mail


We look forward to receiving your application no later than September 16th 2019.


In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.


Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.


Placement:                      Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics


Type of employment:       Full time , Permanent position


Pay:                                Fixed pay.


Number of positions:         1


Working hours:                100%


Town:                             Uppsala


County:                          Uppsala län


Country:                         Sweden


Union representative:       Seko Universitetsklubben




Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/708


Last application date: 2019-09-16

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