The DTU National Food Institute, Research group for Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining is seeking a postdoc with research and industrial experience in food and beverage fermentation.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competencies within food and beverage fermentation. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark.

The main purpose of the job will be to conduct research in a collaborative project with industry, to investigate how fermentation can be used to improve umami taste in food products.Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Characterise plant-based feedstocks from company collaborators for potential fermentation substrates
  • Conduct laboratory-based fermentation experiments
  • Develop an ingredient that can be implemented into plant-based food products
  • Transfer of knowledge to company collaborators
  • Supervise BSc and MSc student projects.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

You must have research experience in fermentation processes. Research experience in fermentation of foods and beverages would be an advantage as well as industrial experience in production of fermented foods and beverages would be an advantage.

Experience with plant-based food systems would be an advantage.

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 terms of employment
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 for 3.5 months.

Starting date is March 1st 2023 or after agreement. The position is a part-time position (30 h/week).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Timothy Hobley (, National Food Institute.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than the 7 February 2023 (Danish time).

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

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/Ph.D. – in English)
  • List of publications

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

The DTU National Food Institute
DTU Food conducts research into and disseminates – through advice, innovation and teaching – sustainable and value-creating solutions in the area of food and health for the benefit of society. The institute’s vision is to make a difference by generating future prosperity through research into food and health. The institute prevents disease and promotes health, develops new and better food products for a growing population and creates sustainable technological solutions. The institute’s tasks are carried out in a unique interdisciplinary cooperation in e.g. nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, modelling and technology.

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 mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.


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