If you have hands-on experience in analytical chemistry, are interested in method validation and application and enjoy international collaboration, this postdoc position is the perfect opportunity for your development as a researcher. DTU Food invites applications for a post doc position with particular focus on characterization of chemical contaminants in food by liquid chromatography-based methods. A large part of your work will be related to the Horizon Europe-funded project PHOTONGATE (coordinated by Valencia Polytechnic University) where you will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of researchers.

You will become part of the Research Group for Analytical Food Chemistry. We have an extensive analytical platform based on mass spectrometry and aim at providing comprehensive chemical insight in understanding the formation and prevalence of unwanted chemical components in the food chain. Our work includes the study of novel and renewable food resources, food contact materials, and food models for processing.

We seek a candidate capable of working independently, being curious and able to collaborate both, within our Research Group and the international and interdisciplinary project team. Competences and interest within analytical chemistry and food chemistry will characterize the successful candidate.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The main tasks in PHOTONGATE will be the selection, validation, and application of analytical methods for the determination of methylmercury and histamine in seafood. The candidate will also be responsible for the presentation of project results during regular project meetings and reporting.

The candidate may also be involved in other research activities within the research field of the group.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to:

  • Development of the research area of the group
  • Attraction of research funds
  • Teaching activities, supervision as well as lecturing
  • Collaboration with businesses
  • Scientific advice of public authorities.

The group has an extensive, cross-disciplinary collaboration with other research groups at DTU as well as national and international research partners and the candidate will be responsible for utilizing such collaboration to strengthen the group’s position.

The candidate is expected to have solid knowledge of and experience within analytical food chemistry with focus on elements and small molecules at trace levels and experience in the analysis of biological materials / food. The preferred candidate is ambitious and structured, has a high motivation for research excellence and a good command of written and spoken English.

Priority will be given to applicants with documented experience in and/or knowledge of one or more of the following areas:

  • Strong background in analytical chemistry
  • Knowledge within food chemistry
  • Hands-on experience in using liquid chromatography, HPLC-FLD/HPLC-UV/HPLC-ICP-MS and similar analytical techniques
  • Hands-on experience with sample preparation
  • Laboratory accreditation (ISO17025), analytical quality assurance and method validation
  • International networking and collaboration skills obtained through, e.g., projects and networks.

In addition, we expect that:

  • You document your work in the form of scientific publications
  • You are motivated by both personal and team accomplishments
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork in a multicultural environment.

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

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 3 years. Starting date is 1st of April 2023 (or according to mutual agreement). The position is full time.

Further information
May be obtained from Professor Jens J. Sloth (phone: +45 29461280, e-mail: jjsl@food.dtu.dk) and Associate Professor Katrin Loeschner (phone: +45 93518928, e-mail: kals@food.dtu.dk)

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 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 online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • In your application, please answer the following:
    • do you have experience in analytical chemistry with focus on chromatography methods?
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – 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 National Food Institute, DTU
DTU Food or the National Food Institute do research within biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & 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. The institute prevents illness and promotes heath, developing new and better foods for the growing population and creates sustainable technological solutions. Institute tasks are solved in a unique cross disciplinary cooperation in, e.g., nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, modelling, and technology.

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