PhD Scholarship in Precision Fermentation of High-quality Protein

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The National Food Institute (DTU Food) offers a PhD position related to studies of the potential of microbial expression of high-quality protein for human consumption.

You will be part of the Research group for Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining at DTU Food. We offer an ambitious, dynamic and sociable research environment with lots of exiting challenges and opportunities.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The successful candidate will be carrying out research in the field of cellular agriculture/precision fermentation. The overall aim of the project is to develop efficient bacterial cell factories for the expression of functional mammalian proteins and test these as food ingredients in food models. The PhD. position is a collaboration between DTU Food, DTU Biosustain and a danish dairy company.

Candidates should have a master's degree in food technology or biotechnology, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Candidates are expected to have interest and knowledge within sustainable food production. You need to be ambitious, highly motivated, and capable of working independently, and to have good skills within written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to candidates with documented hand-on experience within one or more of the following areas: design and gene cloning, heterologous expression of mammalian proteins in bacteria, protein purification and characterisation, microfluidic based high throughput screening.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

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 an 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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Ruhdal Jensen, tel.: +45 2085 5601.

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Please submit your online application no later than 20June 2021 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter) explaining how your interest and expertise match the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades needs to be included by Danish as well as foreign applicants(see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Interviews will take place in shortly after the deadline, and expected start of the new PhD student is 15. August 2021.

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

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) 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.

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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.

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