Postdoc position – food protein matrix functionality

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Oct 2023

The Department of Food Science, Aarhus University (Denmark), invites applications for a 1.5 year postdoc position within physical chemistry and rheology of food proteins,  in particular their structure formation and changes occurring during processing and digestion.   The starting date is 1. January, 2024, or subject to mutual agreement.

To respond to some of the most critical societal changes of the next decade, we need to reduce the CO2 in food production and explore new ways to produce food protein more sustainably. We are looking for a successful, competent and motivated candidate, who will develop and support the research project at the intersection of protein chemistry, food physics and functional properties.

The Postdoc position is part of the Food technology group at the Department of Food Science and may also include teaching and dissemination activities, as well as supervision of students. You are expected to complement and grow your expertise, and to actively participate and deliver on projects carried out in one of the most dynamic groups in food science at Aarhus University. You will have many opportunities to connect with other research partners, and collaborate with PhD and other post doctoral fellows, in cross-disciplinary collaborations with other research groups both national and international as well as with industrial partners.


  • Applicants must have a PhD degree in biotechnology/food physics/food science or similar;
  • Documented expertise in using advanced physical techniques in analyzing food matrices;
  • Advanced knowledge in food rheology and protein systems;
  • Advanced knowledge in experimental design and methods;
  • Be innovative in method development of small-scale food functionality analysis;
  • Experience with self-directed coordination of research;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively collaborate and communicate in academia and to the public at large;
  • Efficient at planning, developing, organizing and execution of major tasks;
  • Curiosity-driven interest in investigating the structure-function relationships of protein properties in a food matrix;
  • A high level of verbal and written communication in English, science communication skills proven publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Good interpersonal skills, the ability to thrive in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment, and the ability to disseminate scientific results;
  • Experience in supervising students, teaching and conducting hypothesis based research of the highest academic standards.
The Department of Food Science

The Department of Food Science (FOOD) is part of the Faculty of Technology, Aarhus University (AU) and includes research across the food value chain within the areas of Plant Production Systems, Biofunctional Food, Systems Biology, Food Chemistry and Technology, Food Quality, and Sensory and Consumer Science. Research will be conducted at a newly built 7000 m2 state-of-the-art research facility at AU FOOD. AU FOOD is in possession of the most advanced analytical research infrastructure, with well-integrated, high-tech prototype facilities.

The Department currently employs approx. 60 full time scientific staff and 80 PhD students and Postdocs, with approx. 80 thesis based Bachelor and Masters students and visiting staff and students, who together contribute to an international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. Read more about the Department of Food Science at

What we offer
We offer a challenging and independent job opportunity in an ambitious and inspiring research and education environment with an informal atmosphere. We are looking for a dynamic employee who can work independently and maintain an overview during periods of high workload. We expect that you are efficient at planning your time and organizing major tasks. You enjoy interaction with both scientific staff, students and technical-administrative staff and you have a flair for establishing collaborative relationships. We offer a unique research experience in an interdisciplinary research project, combining state-of-the-art techniques in rheology, food technology and food chemistry. We also offer a great research environment characterized by collaboration, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and success in mentoring.

Place of work
The place of work is the Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Agro Food Park 48, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Contact information
For further information about the project or the position, please contact the project leader professor Marianne Hammershøj,

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the

Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation


The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here .

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here .

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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