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Professorship (W2) (m/f/o) "Organic Food Quality" at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Science, University of Kassel, starting date as soon as possible

Closes: 10.06.2021
Date of Hire: as soon as possible
Reference: 33989

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We are looking for a scientifically outstanding personality to head the section “Organic Food Quality” in research and teaching. The candidate shall contribute to the Faculty’s profile of Organic Agricultural Sciences. The professorship is dedicated to questions of organic food quality, which is of central importance for a supply of healthy and sustainably produced food, as also expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals. The examination of holistic organic food quality is all the more pressing given that food products possess a diversity of ingredients that are produced, traded, and processed in increasingly complex regional and global markets. The professorship will therefore apply and further develop established and innovative methods for the assessment of food quality, especially of organically produced foods, and their production methods. This can, among other things, serve the positioning of products with corresponding quality characteristics in the market and prevent confidence risks in the production and trade of organic products.

The successful candidate will offer courses that provide content-related and methodological knowledge about organic food quality. This includes quality issues along the food chain, i.e. the interrelationships of food quality, cultivation and production methods, and processing technologies; the methodological basis for evaluating organic food quality; and approaches to innovative product development. Using the existing infrastructure (sensory and other laboratories), the professorship should offer courses for all degree programs of the Faculty, but should place special emphasis on the Master "International Food Business and Consumer Studies".

Applicants must have a habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements with a focus on the analysis and evaluation of food quality, which assigns special importance to the consideration of eco-logical aspects or can be made useful for this purpose. Relevant, peer-reviewed publications as well as experience in the independent acquisition and implementation of third-party funded projects are expected. Didactic abilities, teaching experience and willingness to teach in German and English are required, as well as the willingness to participate in university self-administration. Previous activities are expected to demonstrate the capability for interdisciplinary cooperation to support the integration of food and natural science issues with economic and social science perspectives at the department and beyond at the University of Kassel. Own contributions to or documented interest in research questions pertaining to organic farming are desired.

The employment and performance conditions are pursuant to §§ 61, 62 of the Hessian University Act.

For additional information about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof. Dr. Katrin Zander (k.zander(at)uni-kassel.de).

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The University of Kassel is very interested in the professional satisfaction of its employees. It is distinguished as a family-friendly university and, in the interests of equal opportunities, strives to offer everyone the same opportunities for development and to counteract existing disadvantages. It promotes the Family Welcome Service and also the Dual Career Service for positions that are scientifically and academically filled. One of the strategic goals of the University of Kassel is to significantly increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome. Seriously handicapped and equivalent applicants are given preference if they have the same suitability, qualifications and professional performance. Full-time positions are generally divisible (except when filling civil servant positions).

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