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New job vacancy: Assistant/associate professors at Metropolitan University College Copenhagen, Denmark

Bachelor’s Degree in Global Nutrition and Health
Metropolitan University College Copenhagen, Denmark

Assistant/associate professors in health education; physical activity; public health nutrition and/or food policy & food security

The Bachelor’s Degree in Global Nutrition and Health at Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen, Denmark is inviting applications for three temporary positions as assistant/associate professor in Global Nutrition & Health (GNH). The employment periods are scheduled to begin between 1 January and 1 May 2014 and run for 1, 1½ and 2 years. The positions are full time, that is, 37 hours per week.

GNH is a 3½-year undergraduate programme taught exclusively in English with a common first year and two options of specialization: ‘Public Health Nutrition & Food Policy’ and ‘Lifestyle & Health Education’. Approximately 200 students from various countries and cultures are currently enrolled in the programme. The programme faculty is composed of 13-14 assistant/associate professors.

Their strategy is:

  • To promote the development of an academic culture where students take responsibility for their own learning and are capable of being critical and applying knowledge
  • To identify and attract potential students who match the special focus and setting of the programme: a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary and global perspective on nutrition and health in an international and multicultural educational environment
  • To build an R&D environment that enables practice-oriented and interdisciplinary research with a focus on interventions within food and nutrition, targeting at-risk groups in particular
  • To conduct research activities and apply research practice and principles within GNH’s teaching framework.

Candidates should be able to contribute to that strategy and be a proactive, open-minded and flexible person who is able facilitate students’ learning processes by upholding excellence in teaching, examining and advising students across a number of modules as well as generating practical examples and exercises within their areas of teaching.

GNH is a WHO Collaborating Centre and

involved in several international projects and networks. For more information about the programme, please visit: www.phmetropol.dk/gnh.

Prerequisites for the position:

  • An MSc or a PhD relevant to the position
  • Experience with and dedication to teaching and student-based learning
  • Documented teaching competencies, including experience with supervising and assignment grading, for example in connection with bachelor theses
  • Strong interest in the interplay between theory and practice
  • Excellent English skills in speech and writing
  • Structured and well-organized
  • Thrives in an interdisciplinary and international environment

The three main teaching areas to be covered are:

  1. Health education; this is a 2-year position
  2. Physical activity combined with didactics or psychology; this is a 1-year position
  3. Public health nutrition and epidemiology AND/OR Food policy and food security; this is a 1½-year position

Areas 1 and 2 must be combined with at least one of these additional areas:

  • Argumentation theory and philosophy of science
  • Health communication
  • Sociology of food
  • Psychology of food choice
  • Counselling
  • Narrative methods

Applications should clearly state which main and additional areas you apply for.

You will be employed as assistant professor/associate professor according to agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the relevant trade union and based on regulation of 29 August 2013 on job structure for teachers employed at academies of professional higher education, university colleges and the Danish School of Media and Journalism. It is not possible to obtain a lecturer approval during the employment period.

Application (in English) should be sent to mabl@phmetropol.dk no later than 13 December 2013 at 12.00 noon. The application must include the following:

  • Cover letter including motivation for applying, highlighting relevant competencies
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of relevant certificates/diplomas

Applications that do not include the above will not be considered.

Interviews will take place on 18 and 19 December 2013. For

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applicants who are not able to travel to Denmark, interviews will be held via SKYPE. Applicants who are invited to an interview will be asked to give a short presentation (5-7 minutes) on a topic that is relevant for the position.

Please contact Associate Professor Allan Køster (akos@phmetropol.dk), Aileen Robertson (airo@phmetropol.dk) or Head of the GNH programme Hanne Gillett (hngi@phmetropl.dk) if you have any questions regarding the positions.

The GNH campus is situated in the

heart of Copenhagen, only a 5-minute walk from Nørreport train station.

The Metropolitan University College, Denmark, is committed to a policy of equal opportunities. We respect and value cultural and religious diversity and will not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, religion, culture or disability. All applicants will be assessed on merit alone.

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