Thursday, April 15, 2021

PhD fellowship within the development and application of a handheld infrared spectrometer for food quality measurement


The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant PhD–position related to the application of infrared photonic technologies for food quality measurements.

The PhD position is for a period of 3 years, or up to 4 years if teaching or other work duties are agreed.

The starting date for the position will ideally be Aug 15, 2021, but some flexibility is possible.

The PhD positions are funded by the NFR Centre for Digital Food Quality, DigiFoods (2020-2028) NFR-SFI​.

The PhD projects will be within the development and application of handheld and portable infrared sensor technology for quality measurement of foods.

Project and supervisor group

Prof. Dr. Achim Kohler, Dr. Boris Zimmermann and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Volha Shapaval at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway and Professor Dr. Boris Mizaikoff at Ulm University in Germany.

Main tasks

Establish an optical setup based on an infrared LED or QCL light sources combined with an IR spectrometer for testing measurements for different food quality applications

Perform evaluation of infrared measurement setup for different quality measurements of food

Analyze infrared data employing chemometrics and machine learning methods and correlate infrared data related to food quality and contamination

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

The candidate will need to have research stays at Ulm University for the development of infrared sensor test setups and prototypes for food quality applications.


The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level. Candidates submitting MSs thesis by 30. June 2021 may be considered. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the NMBU PhD Regulations sections 5, and the supplementary provisions for Science and technology.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications

Master in Physics / Photonics / Analytical Chemistry / Physical Chemistry or similar

Fluent English both written and oral

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

Experience in working with photonic, sensor and spectroscopic technologies, in particular based on infrared electromagnetic radiation.

Experience in multivariate data analysis, such as Principal component analysis (PCA), Partial least squares (PLS), Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA), K-nearest neighbors (kNN), Multivariate curve resolution (MCR), Artificial neural networks (ANN), and Random forests (RF). Experience in usage of data analysis software, such as R, Matlab, Python, the Unscrambler, and Origin, will be considered as advantage.

Experience with application of spectroscopic sensors for chemical characterization, detection and identification in food or biomedical sciences.

You need to:

Be able to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary research team and needs to describe these skills in the application.


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