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PhD scholarship – Production of food ingredients using novel and more sustainable fermentation technologies

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

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Frist 31. maj 2020

The PhD project is an alliance project between DTU in Lyngby and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. The main part of the project will be conducted at DTU Food in the research group of Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining (MBB). During the 3 years there will be a ½ year external stay at KAIST in the laboratory of Prof. Sang Yup Lee.

In MBB there is a heavy focus on microbiology, and in particular food microbiology. We are interested in microorganisms that currently are used within the food/feed industry, and their optimization. Furthermore we look into microorganisms that have great potential within the food and feed industry and that could be used to create value from low value by-products (side-streams) of food processing.

The PhD student will be working on optimizing Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and on developing novel fermentation technologies. Although we will focus on natural methods for optimizing LAB (adaptive evolution, classical mutagenesis), metabolic engineering tools will be used routinely as well for different purposes.

Responsibilities and tasks
In addition to the research tasks, the candidate should expect limited teaching obligations, and is moreover expected to partake in keeping the laboratory environment clean, and ensuring that laboratory equipment is being maintained.

The researcher will be involved in preparing a study plan and half-year reports, where the latter will be used to assess the PhD student, and ensure that progress is satisfactory. Other tasks will include preparing manuscripts for publication, and presenting data at conferences.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Candidates should have documented experience with metabolic engineering and fermentation of prokaryotes with an aim to optimize production efficiency/capacity for compounds of industrial interest. Candidates with a strong background within LAB physiology/genetics are preferred. Since the project is highly interdisciplinary, the successful candidates must be prepared to learn and adapt several new methodologies. Candidates with a publication record are preferred. It is important to have a good English proficiency, and it is essential that the candidates are able to work in a team and collaborate with national and international partners.

  • MSc. Degree in Biotechnology or Life Sciences (e.g. Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology)
  • Able to independently plan and carry out research
  • Able to interact in groups and collaborate
  • Practical experience with molecular biology and bacterial genetics
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

Applicants that have experience with Gram-positive bacteria (physiology, genetics), and that have experience with HPLC analysis of fermentation products will be favored.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the DTU food PhD school. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Christian Solem, DTU Food.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Christian Solem, DTU Food, tel.: +45 30585533 or E-mail chso@food.dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU food” at www.fødevareinstituttet.dtu.dk/english and about the microbial biotechnology and biorefining https://www.food.dtu.dk/forskning/mikrobiel-bioteknologi-og-bioraffinering

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 31 May 2020 (23:59 local time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publication list
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The National Food Institute (DTU Food) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching. Read more at www.food.dtu.dk

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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