Postdoctoral Position in Food Science and Consumer Insight

Trondheim, Norway
Monday, 26 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 22 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral position within Food Science at Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The position is a part of the project OMEGA: fish Oil MicroEncapsulation Generating fortified food products for improved human health funded by the Research Council of Norway. The postdoctoral project's overall aim is to gain knowledge about fortification of food to increase the nutritional value and to increase knowledge on consumers’ acceptance of fortified products.

Together with NTNU, the project partners are SINTEF Industry, SINTEF Ocean, Høgskolen på Vestlandet (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) and DTU (Technical University of Denmark). The project also collaborates with companies from food and ingredient industries.  

The position reports to Associate Professor Eva Falch.

Duties of the position

  • The candidate is expected to take part in the project work actively
  • The candidate will be specifically responsible for the work package that includes food technology and fortification of food with microencapsulated oils and analysis of sensory characteristics and consumers’ preferences.
  • The candidate is expected to actively disseminate results within the project, the scientific community, and to the society overall
  • The candidate should take an active part in the Food Science research group at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in Food technology, Food Engineering, Food Science, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

  • Candidates with experience from practical laboratory work relevant to the given project and/or specific analytical skills which fit the projects will be preferred
  • Competence within food technology, sensory science, consumer science, qualitative analysis, food fortification and quality analysis is beneficial
  • Applicants should have good communication skills and be fluent in English, both orally and in writing

Preferred selection criteria

  • experience with food technology and fortification
  • experience with sensory science
  • experience with consumers science
  • good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to be creative and take initiative in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic about food processing, food quality and consumer behavior, with a keen interest in a wider context than own research
  • Open-minded and having interest in exploring new methodology in the research field

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. 

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Personal motivation letter

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Eva Falch, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number NV-53/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.05.202

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Biotechnology and Food Science

Our activities contribute to increased exploitation of existing and new ingredients for sustainable food production as well as next-generation energy solutions and medical technology. We educate graduates for a wide range of careers in industry, public administration and academia. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 22nd May 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Trondheim