PhD scholarship in Bioactive Compounds from Microalgae

DTU Food
Wednesday 13 Sep 17

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The National Food Institute (DTU Food) invites applications for a PhD position within the research field of bioactive compounds from microalgae. The successful applicant will be based in the research group for Bioactives – analysis and application, Division of Food Technology at DTU Campus Lyngby. One of the focus areas  of the research group is optimisation of the content of bioactive compounds in microalgae and extraction of these.

Responsibilities and tasks
The overall purpose of the PhD project is to investigate the effect of cultivation conditions on the biomass content of vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and pigments of selected microalgae and to develop new multi-extraction technologies for the production of high value ingredients (proteins, omega-3 oils, and pigments, vitamins E and D) from these microalgal species. Extraction technologies may include a range of techniques such as centrifugation and different extraction methods e.g. enzymatic, pulsed electrical field, microwave and molecular extraction.The PhD study will thus include different technologies ranging from algal cultivation, harvesting, extraction, fractioning, drying  and various chemical analyses. Special focus will be analysis of vitamin D, vitamin E, lipid and protein content, composition of fatty acids, amino acids and pigments. The project will involve collaboration with industry.  

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Furthermore the ideal candidate has:
  • Knowledge about microalgal cultivation
  • Some experience with downstream processing of microalgae
  • Experience with HPLC and GC for analysis of pigments and fatty acids
  • Good laboratory skills
  • Good collaboration and communication skills (written and oral English)
  • Skills within scientific paper writing
  • Structured and analytical working approach

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor and group leader Charlotte Jacobsen, +45 2327 9075.

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Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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
  • 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.

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.