Postdoc in Sustainable Cheese Production - DTU Food

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To attain the desired flavor, cheeses are ripened for weeks to more than a year. Cheese ripening is costly, both due costs associated with running the ripening facility, but also due to inventory costs. At DTU Food we offer a 3 year postdoc position on a project where a novel approach for accelerating cheese ripening will be explored. 

The postdoc will join a dedicated research team with an excellent track record, led by Associate Professor Christian Solem.  

Responsibilities and qualifications
In addition to the research tasks, the candidate should expect limited teaching obligations, and is moreover expected to partake in keeping the laboratory environment clean, and ensuring that laboratory equipment is being maintained.   

The researcher will be involved in preparing a study plan and half-year reports, where the latter will be used to assess the PhD student, and ensure that progress is satisfactory. Other tasks will include preparing manuscripts for publication, and presenting data at conferences.

A background in microbiology is a requirement. Candidates must have documented experience with Lactic Acid Bacteria, cheese fermentations, and cheese surface ripening. A solid publication record is required. It is important to have a good English proficiency, and it is essential that the candidate is able to work in a team and collaborate with national and international partners.

  • PhD degree in Biotechnology or Life Sciences (e.g. Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology), or equivalent experience
  • Able to independently plan and carry out research  
  • Able to interact in groups and collaborate
  • Practical experience with molecular biology and bacterial genetics
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Christian Solem, DTU Food.

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 appointment terms
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. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Christian Solem, DTU Food, tel.: +45 30585533 or E-mail

You can read more about DTU food” at www.fø    and about the microbial biotechnology and biorefining

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

Please submit your online application no later than 16 October 2023 (23:59 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)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 

Applications and enclosures 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 National Food Institute (DTU Food) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching. Read more at  

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