Fully Funded University of Copenhagen PhD Fellowship in Food Design and Sustainability in Denmark

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Food Technologies
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Vocational scholarships
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    University Of Copenhagen Nørregade 10, PO Box 2177 DK-1017 Copenhagen K

The Department of Food Science is looking for candidates for a PhD fellowship in Quantitative Sustainability Assessment of Food Systems.

The start date is (is expected to be) May 1st, 2022, or as soon as feasible after that.

This PhD project is one of several Food Science projects, including the EU project FoodRUs (An innovative collaborative circular food system to reduce food waste and losses in the agri-food chain) and the Independent Research Fund Denmark-funded MASSPROVIT (Making microalgae a sustainable future source of proteins and vitamins).

The PhD project’s purpose is to do system level analyses of emerging technologies’ market entry exploiting food waste and side-streams of the present food supply chain, thereby alleviating global social concerns linked with the current food system. The PhD will be awarded.

  • contribute to the advancement of modeling concepts and techniques for quantifying nutritional and environmental sustainability in food production and consumption
  • contribute to or carry out process-based LCA of current and future food technologies
  • contribute to or carry out hybrid-LCA and EE-MRIO modeling of the global economy, with an emphasis on either the food or energy sectors

We are looking for applicants in the field(s) of sustainability science who are interested in assessing the sustainability of food systems. Applicants with backgrounds in industrial ecology, environmental science, environmental engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, or food technology are encouraged to apply. Understanding of systems, as well as knowledge of and experience with industrial ecology modeling methods such as Substance and Mass Flow Analysis (SFA/MFA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and/or Input-Output modeling, is advantageous. You will be a member of an interdisciplinary research environment that will combine all dimensions of sustainability in the design of environmentally sustainable and innovative food systems. In the design of health-improving functional foods, we deal with the use of untapped raw materials, innovative components, and bioactivity. Finally, we incorporate environmental and nutritional life cycle assessments of innovative food processes using green chemistry concepts, with the goal of zero waste food supply value chains.


About the Scholarship:

In Denmark’s capital city, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) contains four campus locations. The University of Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest educational institution, with eight faculties offering over 200 academic programs in health sciences, humanities, law, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and theology. In Copenhagen, students frequently live in student dorms or share apartments. They are required to approach their studies critically and independently. The ‘Friday bar,’ a social event organized by students from each department, is a University tradition. It provides an opportunity for students (and faculty) to socialize. The University is located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital. With a population of 1.7 million, the city was founded in 1167 and has retained its original attractiveness to this day. The safe environment, little pollution, and numerous cultural events all contribute to Copenhagen becoming one of the most liveable cities in the world. Every year, almost 1,700 international students from all over the world attend the University of Copenhagen. International students give campus life a multicultural flavor. The University assists international students with admission, housing, and student counseling, among other things, and provides orientation programs that include a variety of social events. The University of Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest educational institution. The six colleges together provide nearly 200 study options in health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology. The University’s goal is to equip students for a variety of careers in the private and public sectors. As a result, university education covers specific talents and scientific methodologies, as well as other more theoretical skills that will allow graduates to increase their qualifications. To achieve this, teaching and research are closely interwoven, first and foremost by giving them equal weight in the everyday work of academic and scientific staff and, whenever possible, by basing teaching on research.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):   University of Copenhagen

Scholarship Country:  Denmark

Scholarship Worth:   Fully Funded

Study Level: Vocational

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer: 

Stipends for food design and sustainability fellowships will be provided by the University of Copenhagen to qualifying students.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Relevant professional qualifications for the PhD project
  • Publications that are relevant
  • Work experience that is relevant
  • Other professional tasks that are relevant
  • Curious mind-set with a great interest in assessing the sustainability of food systems
  • Excellent language skills


Note: We will be needing you:

  • Carry out an individual research study while being supervised.
  • Complete PhD courses equivalent to approximately 30 ECTS / 12 FTE.
  • Participate in active research environments, which may include a visit to another research institution, ideally abroad.
  • Activities involving teaching and knowledge dissemination
  • Prepare scientific papers for high-impact publications.
  • Create and defend a PhD thesis based on your project.



The University of Copenhagen PhD Fellowship in Food Design and Sustainability in Denmark is open to all International Students students


Documents Needed

  • Application letter with motivation (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae detailing your education, experience, language skills, and other relevant skills for the role
  • Original Bachelor of Science or Master of Science diplomas, as well as transcripts of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if granted in a language other than English or Danish. If a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is not available, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will suffice.
  • a list of publications (if possible)
  • Letters of recommendation (if available)


Application Procedure

  • Following the deadline, a number of applications will be chosen for academic evaluation by an unbiased expert assessor. You are informed whether or not you will be passed for evaluation.
  • The assessor will evaluate the shortlisted applicants’ qualifications and experience in the above-mentioned research area, methodologies, skills, and other requirements. The assessor will determine whether each candidate is qualified and, if so, which of the two models they are qualified for. The applicants who have been evaluated will be given the option to remark on their evaluation. The recruitment process can be found at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
  • Please contact the principal supervisor if you have any questions concerning the PhD fellowship.
  • The PhD School’s website, https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/, provides general information regarding PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE.
  • The University of Copenhagen strives to reflect the surrounding community and invites all applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply. APPLY RIGHT NOW


Application Deadline

The application deadline for University of Copenhagen PhD Fellowship in Food Design and Sustainability in Denmark is 17 March 2022,


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