Örebro University

Doctoral student in Culinary Arts and Meal Science

2024-08-30 (Europe/Stockholm)
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Reference number ORU 2.1.1-04837/2024

Örebro University and the School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Meal Science are looking for a doctoral student for the doctoral programme in Culinary Arts and Meal Science, concluding with a doctoral degree.
Start date: autumn 2024.

Project description

The subject Culinary Arts and Meal Science (CAMS) with 32 employees is looking for a PhD student with a focus on how culinary expertise can lay the foundation for tasty, sustainable, and healthy meals. Research in CAMS is about studying the creation of sustainable and healthy meals for different target groups where the culinary craftsmanship is combined with aesthetics aspects. The subject also includes studies of social and cultural perspectives on meals, working life within the gastronomic sector with a focus on social and financial sustainability and the importance of products' sensory properties for meal experience and consumer behaviour.

The current doctoral position is about how culinary expertise can be used to create tasty, healthy and sustainable meals for different target groups. More specifically, the research will focus on the development and the meaning of culinary craftsmanship so that food and meals become an obvious part of the green transition in order to contribute to a more sustainable way of living and eating.

The selected candidate should demonstrate strong and independent problem-solving skills as well as critical analytical skills. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is a requirement, while knowledge of Swedish is desirable but not necessary. Education in hospitality, culinary arts and meal science and related subjects within the fields of gastronomy, Food Studies, or other relevant subjects in social sciences and humanities is a requirement. Previous practical experience in the gastronomic sector including aesthetics is meritorious.

The doctoral student will be part of a research group lead by Professor Jonatan Leer.

The programme and the doctoral studentship

The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. The employment will include teaching, administration and research other than the own thesis work with a maximum of 20 percent of full time. Additions to time for thesis work and funding with corresponding time will be made.

Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral degree. A thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series, covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to support during the study period and networking.

The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is SEK 30 300 a month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition, applicants must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in culinary arts and meal science if they have a Degree of Master (60 credits) in culinary arts and meal science or another main field of study of high relevance to the research field in question. A person who has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meets the specific entry requirements.


The doctoral position is 100 % and located on Campus Grythyttan in Hällefors municipality.

For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Professor Jonatan Leer, e-mail: jonatan.leer@oru.se or Head of subject Professor Åsa Öström, e-mail: asa.ostrom@oru.se.

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
  • CV
  • Copies of the original certificate and official transcript for Bachelor's degree
  • Copies of the original certificate and official transcript for Master's degree
  • Independent project (degree project)
  • Other relevant documents, course and degree certificates verifying eligibility
  • Description of research interests – detailing the field of research you are interested in, including, if applicable, theoretical and methodological approaches (2-5 pages).

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Certificates and documents in other languages verifying your qualifications and experience must be translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency), www.kammarkollegiet.se/engelska/start.

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship.
More information for applicants will be found on our career site: https://www.oru.se/english/career/available-positions/applicants-and-external-experts/

The application deadline is 2024-08-30. We look forward to receiving your application!

As we have already made our choices in terms of external collaboration partners and marketing efforts for this recruitment process, we decline any contact with recruitment agencies and advertisers.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.

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Doctoral student in Culinary Arts and Meal Science
Fakultetsgatan 1 Örebro, Sverige
Sista ansökningsdag
2024-08-30 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-08-30 23:59 (CET)
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