DTU Tenure Track Researcher in Green technologies for extraction and modification of bioactive compounds

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If you are establishing your career as scientist and want to be at the forefront of the green transition, then this position may be for you. At DTU Food we want to be at the very forefront of what is possible in the development of new green technologies to fully utilize new raw materials, such as algae and side-streams from food production, to replace animal-based ingredient. In some cases, modification of these new ingredients by modern green technologies is needed to obtain satisfactory techno-functional properties.

The position is a tenure track research scientist at the National Food Institute (DTU Food) at the Technical University of Denmark, in the Research Group on Bioactives – Analysis and Application. The 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.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU’s Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment, you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Senior Researcher position. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within the use of green technologies such as supercritical CO2 and sub-critical water extraction for extraction and modification of bioactive compounds from marine and plant biomasses. Specifically, you will:

  • teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and be co-supervisor for PhD students.
  • develop new process concepts to extract lipids, proteins, pigments, antioxidants and vitamins from various marine and plant biomasses.
  • develop new concepts to modify and improve the techno-functional properties of proteins and polysaccharides, e.g. by conjugation of the compounds.
  • characterize the composition of the extracted compounds using techniques such as HPLC, UPLC-MS, GC-MS.
  • investigate the functional properties e.g. by determining the emulsifying and antioxidant properties of the compounds.
  • engage in collaboration with industry and authorities.

You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in food science and technology.

  • You must have documented research experience in the field of green extraction and modification technologies
  • You must have experience with supercritical CO2 and sub-critical water extraction of bioactive compounds from marine biomasses
  • You must have experience with high pressure size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC), HPLC, GC, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • You should have some experience with measurement of antioxidant activity and physical properties of emulsions
  • You must have good communication skills both in oral and written English

Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU. In addition, we expect you to be a team player and interested in collaboration internally and externally.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Charlotte Jacobsen, chja@food.dtu.dk,  tel.: +45 23 27 90 75 and Head of Division Henning Høgh Jensen, hehje@food.dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU Food at www.food.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 3 February 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

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.

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 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.