PhD scholarship in food process encapsulation technologies

Tuesday 23 Feb 21

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The National Food Institute (DTU Food) at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Ph.D. student in the Research Group for Food Production Engineering. In our research, we use food processing in creating a sustainable and effective food production, optimizing resource consumption, utilizing side streams and developing technologies and food products for specific requirements. The research group has a dynamic staff with high international visibility, many research collaborations with leading international universities and organisations and a successful track record of national and international research projects.

If you dream of a career in science where you can make a significant impact on developing new technologies for a more healthy and sustainable future in collaboration between industry and university, then this position may just be for you. The PhD position is aiming to develop technologies to encapsulate sensitive compounds that can be utilized in health-promoting foods. The project involves a close collaboration with BASF A/S.

You are expected to start May 1st, 2020, or soon hereafter.

Responsibilities and qualifications
We wants to expand our research in sustainably extraction, functionalization and valorisation of interested molecules for food and pharmaceutical applications.

You will contribute to the research by establishing electrohydrodynamic processing methods to encapsulate sensitive health-promoting compounds to enhance their health effects and protect against degradation.

The project will cover the following tasks:

  • Develop electrohydrodynamic encapsulation processing technologies to protect sensitive compounds
  • Characterisation of the morphology, stability, and functionality of the encapsulated compounds

Further, you will have tasks including:

  • Preparation of project meetings
  • Disseminate results at conferences and through scientific articles
  • Supervision duties of bachelor or master students
  • A mandatory external research stay
  • Attend PhD courses (30 ECTS)

You must 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 with master degree in food technology and related areas are preferred.

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

The preferred candidate is ambitious, has a high motivation for research excellence and good command of written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge in:

  • Experience in electrohydrodynamic processing methods
  • Experience with biopolymers
  • Experience with encapsulation using nano-microstructures
  • Experience with microscopy, physicochemical and analytical characterization techniques
  • Previous experience in Innovation R&D projects 

An internal panel will assess all applicants with appropriate qualifications.

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.

It’s a key priority for the department DTU Food to develop technologies that can contribute to a more sustainable future. Creating value out of sidestreams or new resources is an important element of this as it thus reduces the uses of valuable raw resources and simultaneously lead to societal value and impact.

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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Ioannis S. Chronakis ( or Ana C. Mendes  (

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 17 March 2021 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter) and your research interest and experience
  • 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)

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot start in the position before having received it.

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

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 12,000 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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