University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Postdoc position in food bioimaging

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Odense M, Denmark

The Culinary Chemistry and Gastrophysics Group at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology at University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applicants for a 1 + 2 year postdoctoral research fellowship in food bioimaging.

The position is funded as part of the VILLUM Young Investigator Project “Microscopic investigation of food during culinary preparations” that will investigate the molecular origin of food texture using modern light microscopy (e.g. super-resolution and label-free imaging) to visualise and quantify the nano- and microscopic structure and organisation of biomolecules within food materials ( The position will be available from December 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The main part of the work will aim at applying microscopy tools to shed light on the relationship between the textural properties of food, food microstructure, and the molecular re-organisation taking place during culinary preparations.
The ideal candidate for the position should have:

  • A PhD in science or engineering with a specialisation related to chemistry, biophysics, food, structural biology or other relevant scientific area
  • Experience with one or more of the following: bioimaging, fluorescence, biophysics, food science, physico-chemical characterisation, soft matter characterisation, image analysis.

The candidate must expect to be working with all of these areas during the postdoc project and will get the sufficient training in the subjects that he or she is not familiar with.
  • An interdisciplinary and collaborative mind-set, be willing to work in an open and honest manner and engage in scientific discussions with colleagues, assist in supervising students (PhD, Master and Bachelor level), a scientific curiosity to explore a novel research area, and the ability to work independently.

Note that not all of the above points are expected to be met, and that the project will be carried out in close collaboration with the project PI.
The Culinary Chemistry and Gastrophysics Group is a newly established group within the young and aspiring Biotechnology section (SDU BIOTECH) offering complementary competences within the biotechnology field. The group currently includes one PhD student and a number of master and bachelor students, and will grow to at least one additional PhD student and one additional postdoc within the next two years. The group is working closely with the SDU bioimaging facility that offers a range of state-of-the-art microscopy methods available for both high spatial and temporal resolution, super-resolution, CRS label-free microscopy, multi-photon microscopy and several standard fluorescence microscopes (

The postdoc position is likely to include shorter research stays with collaborators at University of Oxford (United Kingdom), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Science Mainz (Germany) or SciLifeLab Stochkholm (Sweden).

For more information, please contact Project PI Associate Professor & VILLUM Young Investigator Mathias P. Clausen (email: or Head of the Biotechnology section Eva Arnspang Christensen (

Requirements for the position
Employment as a postdoc requires scientific qualifications at PhD level.

Applications will be assessed by an expert. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

Shortlisting may be used. Shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment panel.

An interview might be part of the assessment process.

Conditions of employment
Employment as a postdoc is temporary. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.
Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree.

The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

Your application must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please read guidelines for applicants.

All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The applications must include:
  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc, PhD) – Danish or English transcripts
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be a part of this pdf-file

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The application must be in English.

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You can only apply for the position through SDUs website

Your application must be registered in our system on the 01/11/2019 at 23.59.59 CET at the latest.

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