Ph.D in Food Science

Deadline: 9 December 2016
Open to: graduates with a Master degree related to the subject area of the project (e.g. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, pharmaceutical science and chemical engineering
Scholarship: 3 year-position, covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff


Department of Food, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Food Science commencing February 1st 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
PhD student will be part of the EU-funded project “European Joint Doctorate in Food Science” (EJDFoodSci). EJDFoodSci is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) concerning the challenges malting and brewing. The scientific objective of the project is to reduce the environmental impact of malt and beer production by introducing innovative technologies that reduce energy consumption, whilst maintaining or improving their flavour quality and stability. The current PhD project (ESR2) focuses on malts for control of trace elements with pro-oxidative effects during the brewing process and in finished beer. The current project is offered as joint degree PhD project together with UA Krakow.

The project will assess the possibility to obtain beer with improved flavour stability by setting up schemes for minimising the levels of prooxidants in beer. This will include characterization of important prooxidants in malt, wort and beer, their distributions and their chemical interactions.

The key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project;
  • Take PhD courses at EJDFoodSci partners;
  • Write scientific papers and your PhD thesis;
  • Participate in international congresses;
  • The successful candidate must be ready to visit both academic and industrial EJDFoodSci partners during the project;
  • Teach and disseminate your research.


  • Master degree related to the subject area of the project (e.g. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, pharmaceutical science and chemical engineering);
  • Any nationality;
  • A good understanding of multivariate data analysis, design of experiments and database creation;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Interest in working in a cross-disciplinary environment;
  • Academic record;
  • Relevant work experience;
  • Other professional activities;
  • Language skills, fluency in English is essential.


  • The position is available for a 3-year period;
  • At the time of selection by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment;
  • Specific for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs, PhD positions): At the time of recruitment, it is a requirement that PhD candidates have not been awarded a doctorate degree and are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) their research careers;
  • The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
  • Terms of appointment is according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The salary is according to standardised EU rules for ITN grants and the appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students.

How to Apply?

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically APPLY HERE.

Please include 

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project;
  • CV;
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BsC and MsC);
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any);
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees;
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2 PhD Order. For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor: Professor Mogens L. Andersen, Department of Food Science,

More information on the official website.

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