Postdoc in food loss and food waste quantification and sustainability assessment

The Center for Life Cycle Engineering at the Department of Green Technology, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a two- or three-year postdoc position in food loss and food waste quantification and sustainability assessment. This position is available from January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Food loss and waste plays a significant role in sustainable development. The quantification and reduction of food loss and waste are crucial in a sustainable food system transition. This postdoc position is part of the Horizon Europe project WASTELESS which aims to develop a mix of innovative tools and methodologies for food loss and waste measurement, to recommend a harmonised methodological framework for food loss and waste quantification, and to develop decision support tool targeting all food value chain stakeholders. The position will be partly linked to the biowaste related tasks in another Horizon Europe project TREASOURCE as well (; which aims to initiate systemic change by developing systemic circular economy solutions in cities and regions).  

The successful candidates should have a PhD degree and knowledge on environmental system analysis, agricultural economics, or similar methodologies. Previous experience working on food loss and waste quantification and sustainability assessment is a plus. Good command of analytical expertise and data management are beneficial.

Ability to work in an international multidisciplinary environment is an advantage. A collaborative mindset and proven track record is an advantage. Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills as well as an excellent command of the English language (both written and spoken) are desired.

SDU Life Cycle Engineering
The successful candidates will be affiliated with the SDU Life Cycle Engineering, which is acknowledged for its unique research on global, holistic, and systems integration of agriculture, energy, and materials sectors. The Department of Green Technology is located in Odense, the main campus of the University of Southern Denmark. Odense is a fast-growing international community with an open Scandinavian culture, affordable housing and living costs.

Further information about this position is available from Assistant Professor Wu Chen, If you experience technical problems you must contact

Conditions of employment
Employment as a postdoc is temporary and will cease without further notice at the end of the period. The initial contract is for two years, with possibility for one year extension. The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

Employment as a postdoc requires scientific qualifications at PhD level. The postdoc position is initially for two years, with possibility of one-year extension pending mutual agreement.

Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree. The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

Your application including the required attachments must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. The faculty expects applicants to read How to apply before applying.

Attached files must be in Adobe pdf-format. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The application must be in English.

The application must include:

  • Motivation for application
  • Curriculum Vitae including information on previous employment, research, publication and teaching experience and personal contact information
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and PhD) - Danish or English translation
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached, if any
  • Examples of the most relevant publications, if any. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication

Reference letters and other relevant qualifications may also be included.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Deadline for application: January 10, 2023.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about The Faculty of Engineering.

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  • Application deadline: Jan 10, 2023
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Department of Green Technology
  • Odense, Denmark
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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