Post-Ingestive Sensations and Healthy Eating Behaviour: A Cross Cultural Consumer Perspective.

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Food Science programme. The position is available from 1 May 2017 or later.

Title:
Post-Ingestive Sensations and Healthy Eating Behaviour: A Cross Cultural Consumer Perspective.

Research area and project description:
The PhD will be part of The SinoDanish Center (SDC) Food and Health Research Theme under development between Danish Universities and University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) to build up research-relations within the Food & Health area between China and Denmark with a view to contributing to a future Master’s Program in the area.

The overall aim of the PhD. project is to study how post-ingestive sensations can be utilized to influence eating behaviour. The project will explore how post-ingestive sensations vary between foods and consumer groups from different cultural backgrounds, amongst other perspectives, and how post-ingestive sensations are related to future food intake.

This is an area that needs to be addressed more extensively, and which is relevant for the overall appreciation of foods and future food intake, and post ingestive sensations that are experienced as a consequence of eating. This work includes: identification of relevant sensations (across- and between food categories), their dynamics over time, and the effect of adding components with health-beneficial effects on future food choice and consumption in different populations.

The project will provide the food industry with new knowledge on products which can be used in product development and marketing, and lead to higher success on the market. Consumers with higher quality of food related life through foods that is palatable and feel good and society a healthier population from a nutritional perspective and a well-being perspective.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants to the PhD position must have a relevant Master’s degree in Food Science, Sensory Science, Consumer science, Human Nutrition or equivalent. Competences in sensory and consumer analysis, human perception, diets and eating behaviour, health and nutrition, cross-cultural perspectives and eating and multivariate data analysis will be an advantage.

Place of Employment and Place of Work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University and the place of work is at the Food Quality Perception and Society Science Team at Department of Food Science (http://food.au.dk/en/), Kirstinebjergvej 10, DK-5792 Aarslev (Fyn). During the PhD period, time will be spent in Beijing China at a research institute in the Food and Health space under UCAS (University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) (http://english.ucas.ac.cn/).

Contacts:
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

Derek Victor Byrne
Professor & Science Team Leader,
Food Quality Perception and Society,
Faculty of Science and Technology,
Department of Food Science
Aarhus University
Kirstinebjergvej 10
DK-5792 Aarslev, Denmark

Mobile tlf.: +45 2878 2840
E-mail: derekv.byrne@food.au.dk

Application procedures

Before you apply

Information and attachments:

Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.

Documentation of language skills:

The English language requirement at Graduates School of Science and Technology is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” is documented by one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL test, minimum score: 560 (paper-based test) or 83 (internet-based test)
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
    Cambridge English: First Certificate  with grade A (FCE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to sphd@psys.au.dk no later than one month after the application deadline.

The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

  • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at Aarhus University for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants able to document that English was the language of instruction during the whole period of their Bachelor and/or Master’s programme. This must be documented by uploading an official document from the institution stating this under “language skills documentation”.

The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:
Go to http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/opencalls/
Choose February 2017 Call with deadline 1 February 2017 at 11.59 PM MET.
You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme 'Food Science'

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any)
  • Study: In the dropdown menu, you must choose the project: " Post-Ingestive Sensations and Healthy Eating Behaviour: A Cross Cultural Consumer Perspective."
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:
Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

Please note that all information in the application must be in Danish or English.

As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):

  • One reference (template for references)
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Transcripts and diploma(s)
  • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found.  Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed. The e-mail will also include a link to the application – GSST urges you to check that all mandatory data, marked with an asterisk (*), is registered correctly and all attached files are readable. In case of significant errors, you should reply to the confirmation e-mail with the correct details before the application deadline.

GSST reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made. 
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSST application guide here

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • The project will only be initiated if final funding (from GSST/the faculty) is secured.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.