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Post doctoral position - Mass spectrometry based research in food proteins and peptides

Aarhus Universitet


Aarhus University, Science and Technology, Department of Food Science, offers a 2-year position at the post doctoral level within the area of mass spectrometric based analyses of food proteins and peptides, starting 1 April 2019.

Area of work
The positon is within the field of impact of processing on molecular structures of food proteins, especially in dairy products. The molecular understanding in relation to food quality implies characterization of process induced markers, posttranslational modifications, formation of aggregates, effects of enzymatic treatments and impact on nutritional and health aspects, like digestibility. The use of mass spectrometry in combination with separation techniques and other protein chemistry analytical techniques for protein and peptide characterizations, identification and quantifications in both model systems and more complex food matrices are central for the position. Bioinformatics tools will be employed as part of the work. Therefore, we seek a candidate with strong analytical background in mass spectrometry and food science.

The Postdoc position is part of the Science Team ‘Food Chemistry and Technology’ at the Department of Food Science. The candidate is expected to take part in teaching at BSc and MSc level, as well as participating in supervision of students. It is furthermore expected that the postdoc candidate participates in attracting funding for further research in the area.


  • A PhD degree (or equivalent experience) in protein chemistry and mass spectrometric analyses of proteins, preferably within food and dairy
  • Experience on bioinformatics tools used in connection with mass spectrometry of proteins and peptides
  • Preferentially experience on analytics related to process-induced changes and post translational modifications of proteins at molecular level
  • Documented expertise in analytics used for quantitative and qualitative characterizations of simple and complex biological matrices, including mass spectrometry based quantifications
  • Documentation of good skills in communication of research results internationally as evidenced by a high rate of publication
  • Experience in supervising students and teaching at a high academic level will also be a merit

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related Departments. As from 1. November, 2019 the Department will relocate to a new site and the place of work will be Agro Food Park 48, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Lotte Bach Larsen,

You can read more about the Department of Food Science at

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at ( Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. (

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. (

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure ( for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here ( Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here (

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here (

Application Deadline:
21 February 2019

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