Postdoc in Molecular Food Microbiology

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The National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites applications for a position as postdoc in Molecular Food Microbiology.

The postdoc will join the Research Group for Food Microbiology and Hygiene. The group contributes to healthy and safe food through studies of the microbial ecology of food products as affected by product characteristics, processing and packaging. The Research Group has excellent laboratory facilities to experimental research with opportunities to work with cell cultures, Class 2 pathogens and GMO at levels 1 and 2.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc will join a new project entitled “Biocide rotation and control of microbial resistance development in the food industry” that has a received funding from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. The aim of this project is to investigate if current food industry practices in biocide usage lead to formation of resistant bacteria and whether that can be alleviated by precision rotation of biocides in a sequence preventing resistance development.

The candidate will contribute to the project by:

  • Planning, executing and analyzing challenge experiments to determine minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC)
  • Characterizing microbiota using culture dependent and independent techniques
  • Analyzing whole genome and metagenomic sequencing data
  • Conducting world-class research in molecular microbial ecology in foods
  • Exchanging scientific knowledge and collaborating with colleagues
  • Publishing results in international scientific journals
  • Participating in supervision of B.Eng., M.Sc.Eng. and Ph.D. students

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a relevant area and have solid knowledge and experience in  techniques to conduct challenge experiments and characterize microbial agents in foods. Completion of a postdoc in relevant research areas is also an asset. Priority will be given to applicants with documented experience in the following areas:

  • General food microbiology (molecular microbial ecology, challenge experiments, processing microbiology, bacteriology)
  • Experience in conducting MIC and biofilm experiments
  • Molecular methods, qPCR, next generation sequencing techniques and bioinformatics
  • Systematic approach to project work and planning
  • Good collaborative and networking skills
  • Good English communication skills, orally as well as written.
  • Ability to communicate in Danish is considered an asset to facilitate interactions with multiple partners

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.

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This is a term position for 2.5 years with preferred start on November 1st, 2020 or soon hereafter.

Workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen, tel.: +45 35886278 (

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2020 (23:59 local time).

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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Only applications submitted through the online platform will be considered. 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.

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