Data architect - DTU Food

Updated: 4 months ago

We are looking for a data architect who will help us manage and develop our databases and provide data handling assistance to colleagues conducting advisory services and research at the National Food Institute. 

The National Food Institute conducts research and advisory services with the aim of prevents disease and promotes health, develops new and better food products for a growing population and creates sustainable technological solutions. The research combines expertise in a wide range of disciplines from which a large number of scientific data is collected. In addition, the Institute manage data from governmental surveillance programs where a part is submitted to the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA. 

It is the ambition to develop the data-driven research and advisory service and make data available for internal and external use across research areas. This shall be done in collaboration with internal and external partners. 

The job
Are you interested in database designs and data management applications, and want to contribute to our efforts in improving public health by strengthening surveillance and control of zoonotic and infectious diseases and chemical pollution, then you might be our data architect.

You will be responsible for:

  • Collating and compiling datasets for advice and research projects from: The National Surveillance Databases related to animal production and food safety, National databases for monitoring of pesticides, veterinary medical residues and chemical contaminants; population surveys in relation to Danes' diets and life style habits behaviors
  • Other surveillance and research projects, as well as datasets provided by The Danish Veterinarian and Food Authorities or Industry partners 
  • Technical support for colleagues who have scientific tasks related to data
  • National and international bioinformatics data sources, e.g. using Centre for Genomics bioinformatics pipelines
  • Designing and maintaining project databases on our SQL server
  • Setting up visualisation dash boards for national and global surveillance data
  • Storing of data descriptions, data management plans and resolving GDPR issues related to the project databases. 

You will work closely with database- and web developers in research groups, as well as colleagues responsible for advice and research with a background in natural sciences (biologist, veterinarians, medical doctors, biochemists, biotechnology engineers).

Our expectations of you
The candidate must hold a master degree within data sciences, or equivalent work experience with database structures and handling of large datasets. Knowledge of contents and use of one or more of the National Surveillance Databases related to animal production and food safety will be preferred. The candidate must have experience with:


  • SQL programming, for example MySQL or postgreSQL
  • Data management programming, preferably R, SAS or Python, - Microsoft office Excel data functions. 

Other skills:

  • You must have good skills in collaboration and abilities to work on different tasks simultaneously, as well as prioritising multiple of different tasks. In addition, we expect you to be interested in collaboration and take personal responsibility for your work 
  • You enjoy working with complex topics
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork
  • You are focused on the process as well as the outcome.

What we offer in return
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.

In academic support, you will be part of a team of academic specialists who emphasize quality in our support for the institute's employees. We support each other despite differences in tasks and meet our different users with trust, openness and high professionalism

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position is a full-time position. Starting date is August 1st 2023 (or according to mutual agreement). The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 1 June 2023 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Christian Brinch,, +45 53666442, or head of Academic Support Dorte Lau Baggesen,, +45 25477848.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The DTU National Food Institute
DTU Food conducts research into and disseminates - through advice, innovation and teaching - sustainable and value-creating solutions in the area of food and health for the benefit of society. The institute’s vision is to make a difference by generating future prosperity through research into food and health. The institute prevents disease and promotes health, develops new and better food products for a growing population and creates sustainable technological solutions. The institute’s tasks are carried out in a unique interdisciplinary cooperation in e.g. nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, modelling and technology.

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 mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 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.

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