Postdoc in analytical chemistry – trace elements in novel marine food resources

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The National Food Institute (DTU FOOD), a department at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applications for a position as post doc in the Research Group for Nano-Bio Science. The research group has a dynamic staff with high international visibility, many research collaborations with leading international universities and industry partners and the group has a successful track record of national and international research projects.


The research group aims to contribute to the development of healthy and safe foods and functional ingredients via research on nano- and micro-structured materials and trace elements. Particular focus areas are on studies of trace elements in the food and feed chain primarily through ICPMS-based techniques, analytical characterization of nanoparticles, and synthesis of functionalized nano-/micro-structures.


You will be part of an experienced and dynamic team housed in new laboratories with a state-of-the-art analytical platform. The group has an extensive, interdisciplinary collaboration with other research groups at DTU Food.


Responsibilities and tasks

A major part of the candidate’s activities will be related to on-going research projects related to studies on trace elements and assessment of food safety in novel marine food resources, e.g. seaweed and shellfish. The activities will be conducted in close collaboration with both internal and external partners. The candidate will be involved in the planning and administration of the project activities.


The work will focus on the analysis of trace elements in marine samples and the use of obtained results for evaluation of food safety aspects.


The candidate may also be involved in other research activities within the research field of the group.


The successful candidate is expected to contribute to:

  • development of the research area of the group
  • attraction of research funds
  • teaching activities
  • collaboration with businesses
  • scientific advice of public authorities

The group has an extensive, cross-disciplinary collaboration with other research groups at DTU as well as national and international research partners and the candidate will be responsible for utilizing such collaboration to strengthen the group’s position.


Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. The candidate is expected to have solid knowledge of and experience within analytical food chemistry at trace levels with focus on analysis of biological materials. The preferred candidate is ambitious and structured, has a high motivation for research excellence and a good command of written and spoken English.


Priority will be given to applicants with documented experience in and/or knowledge of one or more of the following areas:

  • General food/feed analytical chemistry
  • Use of ICPMS and other analytical techniques related to trace element analysis
  • Laboratory accreditation (ISO17025) and analytical quality assurance
  • Sample handling (from sampling to analysis)
  • Food safety risk assessment (e.g. knowledge of EU food legislation)
  • International networking and collaboration skills obtained through e.g. projects and networks

In addition we expect that:

  • You document your work in the form of scientific publications
  • You are motivated by both personal and team accomplishments
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork in a multicultural environment
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 an 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.


The successful candidate is expected to start by 1. October 2020.


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


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Further information

Further information may be obtained from head of research group Jens J. Sloth, tel.: +45 35887625 ( and senior researcher Heidi Amlund  tel: +45 93510877 (


Please submit your online application no later than 14 August 2020 (23:59 local 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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

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

Applications and enclosures 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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