Research Assistant for implementation and evaluation of a rapid microbiological detection method

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Do you want to be involved in the testing and implementation of a detection method that gives companies faster and better microbiological insights and thus reduce the time for product release while increasing safety and microbial quality?

We are seeking a research assistant to join our research group for Food Microbiology and Hygiene at the National Food Institute (DTU FOOD) to work on two research and development projects. The position is for a one-year employment at the National Food Institute.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your main task will be to test applications of a rapid microscopy- and image-based detection method that has been developed by our industrial partner. You will be testing our partner’s method against standard detection methods used in the food industry. The project will primarily focus on the establishment of sample preparation, determination of detection limits and speed. In addition, the project seeks to investigate the possibilities and limitations of the technology in collaboration with our industrial partners. You will also participate in another research project focusing on microbiological resistance to disinfectants in the food industry. In both projects, you will be involved in planning and conducting experimental work in the laboratory with accompanying data analysis and reporting as well as dissemination of results in collaboration with colleagues.

We expect you to have a scientific education in the field of microbiology. You have a background as a food engineer, food scientist, microbiologist, biotechnologist, biologist, or similar and preferably with practical experience in experimental work with microorganisms. You must be able to work both independently and in collaboration with other researchers and our industry partner, as well as master English in both speech and writing. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A relevant master's degree in life sciences with a microbiological focus.
  • Experience with experimental microbiological work.
  • Some experience with microbiological detection methods, including ISO standards and / or qPCR.
  • Solid abilities in planning and structuring as well as the ability to be solution-oriented

We offer
We can offer an inspiring workplace in the Research Group for Food Microbiology and Hygiene at DTU Food where we have a helpful and welcoming environment with colleagues who are willing to help, guide or discuss ideas or problems. We have well-equipped laboratory facilities with the opportunity to work with relevant technologies such as MALDI-TOF, qPCR, digital PCR and NGS and more.

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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 1 year. Starting date will be 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible according to mutual agreement. The position is a full-time position.

The position is located at DTU Food, Kemitorvet Building 204, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby. The primary workplace will be at DTU in Lyngby.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen,, 35886278, or Researcher Martin Laage Kragh,

You can read more about the National Food Institute and our research group at

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than Monday, 25 July 2022.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis starting in the beginning of July 2022.

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 or Danish in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)

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 Research Group for Food Microbiology and Hygiene contributes to solving the food industry’s challenges related to productivity and the use of resources by developing and applying methods to trace, type and quantify numbers of food- and waterborne microorganisms and infectious viruses, as well as to predict their growth and/or survival.

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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 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.