PhD scholarship in Beeromics from Malt and Mashing to Beer

DTU Food
Monday 08 Oct 18

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The National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food) invites applications for a PhD position within the research field of beer brewing. The successful applicant will be based in the research group for Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining. One of the focus areas of the research group is brewing. We aim to improve the understanding of all aspects of the brewing process, with special interest in the mashing process, fermentation, processing and application of brewing by-products.

Responsibilities and tasks
The overall objective of the PhD study is to use a Beeromics strategy to understand how changes in raw materials and processing effect beer composition and properties. The study will help to answer the question of how changes in raw materials (e.g. barley) due to environmental changes lead to changes in properties of the beer. This will involve profiling of desired and undesired compounds and chemical changes from the raw materials to the finished product and ways to control these. This includes, for example changes in starch structure and how to mitigate these. A further part of this mapping is the formation and transfer of undesired chemicals through the production chain and their impact on the following steps and eventually for the consumer for example formation of harmful chemicals like acrylamide, PAH, mycotoxins ethylcarbamates but also residues of pesticides and migration from contact materials.

You will collaborate closely with other researchers at DTU Food as well as researchers at the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences at University of Queensland, Australia, and it is expected that you will work at both places during the PhD study.

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

The ideal candidate has:
  • Knowledge about brewing and brewing analytical procedures
  • Experience with analytical chemistry and LC-MS/MS
  • Knowledge about enzymes
  • Good laboratory skills
  • Good collaboration and communication skills (written and oral English)
  • Structured and analytical working approach

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, 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 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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The main workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, but the PhD-study plan will include an external stay at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Timothy Hobley, +45 45252706, E-mail: or Professor Jørn Smedsgaard,  E-mail:, or Senior Research Fellow Dr.Glen Fox, E-mail: 

You can read more about DTU-brewery on and the Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining group on

Please submit your online application no later than 24 October 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

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

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

DTU Food researches and communicates sustainable and value-adding solutions in the areas of food and health for the benefit of society and industry in order to:

  • To solves some of the biggest societal challenges facing the world
  • To provide research-based consultancy at the highest level to national and international authorities and businesses
  • To translate the institute’s research results into innovation through value-adding solutions for industry and authorities
  • To teach and educate students for the food sector, government and research community.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.