Researcher for research on Flavour Formation in Lactic Acid Bacteria

DTU Fødevareinstituttet
onsdag 19 sep 18

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A researcher position is available in the Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining Group at the National Food Institute, DTU (Lyngby).

The focus of this position is on improving the flavor forming capacity of selected dairy relevant lactic acid bacteria (LAB). The researcher will isolate mutants with desirable properties using classical mutagenesis in combination with a high-throughput microfluidic-based screening system. Isolated mutants will be characterized in different ways, e.g. by growth experiments and by analyzing products formed. Of other tasks that can be mentioned are genome sequences analysis and genetic engineering. The researcher will also be involved in supervising a PhD student employed on the same project.

The Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining Group has a strong background in working with LAB and deep insight into LAB physiology and genetics. In the last few years we have developed several efficient LAB based cell-factories, one of which will be further developed in the current project.  

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position.

Responsibilities and tasks
The researcher will be employed on a project funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark and the Danish Dairy Research Foundation (MFF), and which is a collaboration between DTU Food, ARLA Foods and ARLA Foods Ingredients.

The researcher will be involved in preparing timely reports to the steering committee. Other tasks will include preparing manuscripts for publication, presenting data at conferences, and travelling to annual consortium meetings.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent, have documented experience with metabolic engineering and fermentation of prokaryotes with an aim to optimize production efficiency/capacity for compounds of industrial interest.   

Candidates with a strong background within LAB physiology/genetics are preferred. Fermentation experience is also seen as important. Since the project is highly interdisciplinary, the successful candidates must be prepared to learn and adapt several new methodologies. Candidates with a strong publication record are preferred.
It is important to have a good English proficiency, and it is essential that the candidates are able to work in a team and collaborate with national and international partners.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

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 Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position. After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment.

More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

The candidate will be based at DTU, Lyngby, but will have the opportunity to travel and work periodically at other locations depending on relevancy.

Further information
Further information about the project and position may be obtained from Associate Prof. Christian Solem, +45 3058 5533, e-mail:

You can read more about Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining Group on and

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 31 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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