The National Food Institute (DTU Food) invites applications for a PhD position affiliated to the Research Group for Food Allergy in the Division of Diet, Disease Prevention and Toxicology – a dynamic, sociable and highly ambitious research environment.
The primary research focus of the group is the relationship between different protein-chemical characteristics of food proteins and their capacity to induce either allergy or tolerance. Our overall objective is to develop new and improved preventive, treatment and diagnostic methods.
The PhD candidate will take part in a larger research and innovation project, concerning prevention and treatment of food allergy. The PhD position will focus on animal models of peanut allergy, and will concern planning and execution of 1) animal experiments, 2) immunological analyses, and 3) mechanistic studies. You will work in close collaboration with other researchers in and outside the group.
Responsibilities and tasks
The purpose will be to establish solid scientific evidence for safe and efficient strategies for peanut allergy prevention and treatment. New approaches will be investigated involving various administration routes in models of disease prevention and treatment. Results will be obtained through animal and human studies.
The project will cover the following tasks:
- Peanut protein characterisation
- Animal studies to elucidate the inherent and oral sensitising capacity as well as eliciting capacity of peanut by various routes of administration
- Animal studies to elucidate primary preventive capacity and desensitising capacity of different peanut products
Further tasks will be:
- Disseminate results at conferences and through scientific articles
- Supervision duties of bachelor or master students
- A mandatory external research stay
- Attend PhD courses (30 ECTS)
Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree within life science.
The successful candidate is expected to have knowledge and experience within both biochemistry and immunology. The preferred candidate is ambitious, has a high motivation for research excellence and good command of written and spoken English..
Preference will be given to candidates with:
- Knowledge in food allergy, and/or
- Experience in analytical protein? chemistry, and/or
- Animal models, and/or
- Cell based assays and mechanistic studies.
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.
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.
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Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher, Katrine Lindholm Bøgh, email@example.com
You can read more about DTU Food at www.food.dtu.dk/english
Please submit your online application no later than 21 May 2019. Apply at www.career.dtu.dk
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out 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.
Interviews will take place ultimo May, and expected start of the new PhD students is August 1st 2019.
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.
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.