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PhD fellow in Microbiological safety and quality aspects of circular water economy in the food and beverage industry

The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Microbiological safety and quality aspects associated with water reuse in the food industry commencing 1 June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment 
The Department of Food Science is internationally recognized for its excellent food research and education, its impact for consumers and industry and its contribution to solving global challenges. Common to all of our research is that it contributes to growth, employment and solutions to global challenges such as sustainable food production, secure food supply, food and health, and the challenges within energy and the environment. 
Our research ranges from food microbiology, food chemistry, food analysis, metabolomics of molecular and technological functionality, food processing technology, and exploratory data analysis to gastronomy, sensory quality and consumer perception.  
Project description 
Many food processors would like to introduce a more circular water economy by treating and reusing process water streams. A strict requirement is that safety and quality of the products are not compromised. The project has focus on the microbiological aspects of the processes, the treatment technologies, monitoring options, and the potential end use.  
The research will be conducted in collaboration with internal partners, industry as well as regulators and requires good laboratory skills, curiosity and flexibility, and an understanding of microbiological hazards and potential quality problems in food production.   
Principal supervisor is Professor Susanne Knøchel, Department of Food Science, email:, direct phone: +45 35 33 32 58. 
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Food/Dairy Science and Technology or similar with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications or conference contributions (if any), and relevant work experience. 
The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the SCIENCE Graduate School before the Faculty of Science can complete the letter of employment.   
Terms of employment  
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 317.458 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.851). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project 
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees 
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 
The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at ;
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Susanne Knøchel, Department of Food Science, Email:, Direct Phone: +45 35 33 32 58. 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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