Postdoc within Microbial functionality in food and gut

Updated: 3 days ago
Deadline: 03 Dec 2021

Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, is recognized for excellence in food research, food science education, and industry collaboration. It covers all disciplines of food science from raw materials to processing and consumption, and is organized in four sections, one of which is the section for “Food Microbiology and Fermentation”, where the position is placed. Further information about the Department can be found at https://food.ku.dk/ .

The use of microorganisms for improving the nutritional value of plant based raw materials is a growing research area for the section. Furthermore, the effect of diet on the gut microbiome and its influence on health and disease continue to be a focus point for the section. The post doc will conduct research within both areas with primary focus on high throughput-sequencing data, bioinformatics and data integration.

The position is open from 1st January 2022or as soon as possible thereafter for 2 years with possibility for prolongation of the contract.

Preferred qualifications

The preferred candidate holds a PhD within microbiology or related research fields and has strong experience within microbiome research, whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics and data integration. The position will combine wet-lab work with bioinformatics and the ideal candidate will have strong experience with both. Furthermore, it is expected that the candidate has strong qualifications within several of the following areas:

  • High throughput sequencing incl. metagenome analysis
  • Whole genome sequencing analysis
  • Multivariate data analysis/data integration
  • Bioinformatics with strong knowledge of R and preferably also languages like Python

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 3 December 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews will be held between 13th and 20th of December 2021.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


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