PhD Scholarships (2) in Chemical Food Safety of Plant-based Food

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If you are interested in chemical food analysis of plant-based materials, one of these PhD positions are the perfect opportunity for your development as a researcher. DTU Food invites applications for two PhD scholarships within chemical food safety of plant-based food.

We seek two candidates capable of working independently, being curious and yet able to collaborate as team players in our research group. Both should have interest and competences within analytical chemistry, food processing, food safety and exposure evaluation. The successful candidates will become part of the Research Group for Analytical Food Chemistry.

Our Group holds an extensive analytical platform based on mass spectrometry and the group aims at providing comprehensive chemical insight to understand the formation and prevalence of unwanted chemical components in the food chain. We therefore work on e.g. novel and renewable resources, food contact materials (packaging) and food models for processing.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Both PhD projects are part of the overall project on Chemical Food Safety of Plant-based food funded by The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark.

Project one will focus on the fate and formation of chemicals during processing of plant-based materials. You will be working with target (known) and/or untarget (unknown) mass spectrometry detection of chemicals e.g. maillard reaction products, metabolites and other chemicals related to food safety assessment. The project will furthermore include studies on the bioavailability of chemicals from plant-based foods by use of in-vitro experiments.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Select relevant materials, analytical chemistry methods and compounds for the studies
  • Study the fate of targeted/untargeted chemicals during processing of plant materials
  • Evaluate the fate of target chemicals using in-vitro digestion models
  • Disseminate the output in peer-reviewed publications and presentations
  • Teach at BSc, BEng and MSc Eng programmes and supervise student projects.

Project two will focus on potential toxic trace elements in plant-based materials, where you will use ICP-MS analysis as one of your analytical tools. The bioavailability of selected trace elements will be studied using in-vitro models. Furthermore element speciation and formation of metabolites will be investigated.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Study the fate of trace elements/selected elements during food processing
  • Evaluate the fate of trace elements usingin-vitro models
  • Disseminate the output in peer-reviewed publications and presentations
  • Teaching at BSc, BEng and MSc Eng programmes and supervision in student projects.

Preferred qualifications for both positions include:

  • Competences within analytical chemistry, especially mass spectrometric methods
  • Competences within food chemistry
  • Competences in statistical data evaluation and modelling
  • Good understanding and interest in food processing
  • Good English communication skills, both verbal and written.

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.

Applicable for all scholarships

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 at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.  

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 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. Starting date is 1st October or according to mutual agreement.

The position is a full-time position. You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Lene Duedahl-Olesen ( or Professor Jens Jørgen Sloth (

You can read more about the National Food Institute at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 19 August 2022 (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)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for”, please indicate which project you are applying for (title from the above list of PhD projects or individual research projects).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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
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