Postdoc position in Analytical Chemistry and Circular Food Packaging

fredag 13 mar 20

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The National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites applications for a position as postdoc for research in food safety of food packaging materials containing recycled plastic.  

The postdoc will join the Research Group for Analytical Food Chemistry. The group contributes to healthy and safe food and uses efficient and robust methods for food surveillance, monitoring and food control and screening analyses to discover emerging risks and fraud and to check for proof of authenticity.

You will be part of an experienced team housed in new laboratories with a-state-of-the-art analytical platform including accurate mass spectrometry.

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate will take part in an innovation and research project on circular plastic packaging with partners inside and outside DTU. In particular, collaboration with the Division of Risk Assessment will be needed on a daily basis

You will be responsible for testing and evaluating chemical food safety of new innovative and recycled plastic materials.  This will include migration testing as well as development and implementation of a testing strategy for target and non-target screening testing of prototype plastic packaging materials by mass spectrometry techniques and estimating toxicity using models for quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR). Results are directly used to evaluate food safety and compliance of the recycled plastic packaging.  

 The candidate will contribute to the project by:

  • Chemical and toxicological testing of substances in novel and recycled food packaging and evaluating of their safety
  • Use of LC- and GC-MS equipment and contribute to its maintenance
  • Exchanging scientific knowledge and collaborating with other partners in the project
  • Publish results in international scientific journals

Candidates must have a PhD degree and have a solid knowledge and experience in analytical chemistry at low concentration level. Knowledge of chemical testing of food packaging materials is an advantage but not obligatory.

Priority will be given to applicants with documented experience in the following areas:

  • General analytical chemistry
  • LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS and other analytical techniques of relevance for determination of chemicals at low level
  • Systematic approach to project work and planning
  • Good collaboration and networking skills
  • Good English communicative capability, orally as well as written.

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 with the relevant union.


The period of employment is 2 years, with expected start in August 1st, 2020 or soon hereafter.


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

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from senior adviser Gitte Alsing Pedersen, tel.: +45 35887473 ( and associate professor Kit Granby +45 21924666 (


 Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 15 April 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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10 APRIL 2020