Friday, July 23, 2021

Research Assistant in Preservation of Blue Biomass


DTU wants to contribute to a more sustainable future by developing new technologies so that we can utilize our resources better. The aquatic resources – blue biomasses – has a particular high potential. If you are burning to make a difference for a more sustainable future then this research position may be a possibility for you. In the position at the National Food Institute at DTU (DTU Food) you will therefore preserve blue biomasses to decrease waste and increase utilization of fish raw material.   

You will be associated with two research groups at DTU Food, Research group for Bioactives – Analysis and Application and Research group for Food Microbiology and Hygiene. The position involves close collaboration with the company Royal Greenland (Denmark and Greenland) and with other partners in our EU-project from Iceland, Norway and Malta. Your research will be multidisciplinary including food chemistry, microbiology and technology.    

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the Department’s and Royal Greenland’s competences within preservation of lumpfish roe for increased safe shelf-life using mild processing. Another focus is to preserve lumpfish carcasses for increased utilization. You can expect research travels to Greenland and Malta as a part of your experimental work. You will also train project partners in analytical methods.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Characterize composition, oxidative status and microbiota in lumpfish roe and carcass
  • Identify new plant based antioxidants, which efficiently prevents oxidation and microbial growth in lumpfish roe and carcass
  • Evaluate preservation techniques / antioxidants in storage experiments using spectrometry and GC-MS to determine oxidative stability and microbial methods to evaluate safety and microbial stability.

Within the position, you will:

  • Be responsible for own research in collaboration with experienced scientists and technicians in a collaborative environment
  • Perform interdisciplinary research within the fields of lipid oxidation and microbiology
  • Collaborate with the industrial partner Royal Greenland and other project partners
  • Contribute with new knowledge in the field of preservation and increased utilization of fish biomasses for the benefit of industry and society

As a qualified candidate, you need to have:

  • Knowledge in the areas of lipid oxidation / antioxidants and experience with food microbiology is desirable
  • Good laboratory skills preferentially both within food chemistry and microbiology
  • Good collaboration and communication skills (written and oral English)
  • Structured and analytical work approach
  • Skills within statistical analyses of data

As a formal qualification, you must have a master’s degree in engineering or equivalent in the field of Food Technology / Science, Chemistry, Chemical engineering or related areas or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a M.Sc.

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 terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 20 months. The period of employment will start November 1, 2021. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Ann-Dorit Moltke Sørensen (; +45 9351 8870), Research group for Bioactives – Analysis and application and Professor Paw Dalgaard (; +45 2567 5220), Research group for Food Microbiology and Hygiene. 

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 25 August 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)

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

DTU Food performs research and disseminates sustainable and value-adding solutions in the area of food and health for the benefit of society and industry.

Technology for people
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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Apply no later than 25 August 2021
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