Aarhus University (AU)

Three year Post doc at the Department of Food Science, Aarhus University

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus N, Denmark

The Department of Food Science is seeking applications for a 3-year post doc to focus on extraction, characterization and stability of proteins from green biomass and natural colorants from black carrots. The position includes scientific as well as teaching duties at the Department of Food Science. The post doc will work approximately 1 year in a project on green protein, where we seek to understand the enzymatic browning process upon extraction of protein from different green biomasses. The other 2 years, the post doc will be aligned with a project on molecular structures and acylation of anthocyanins in black carrots. In both projects, we focus on stability and characterization but also includes aspects of genetic and environmental influence on molecular structures. The main field of expertise is within free radical chemistry, stability and mechanistic studies. The intended start date is April 1st, 2020.

The candidate is expected to:

  • Perform design of experiments to understand the underlying enzymatic catalyzed mechanisms within extraction of green protein
  • Analyze extracted proteins with LC-MS Q-ToF, ESR, and protein chemical analysis, e.g. SDS-PAGE, Western blotting ect.
  • Perform design of experiment to investigate stability and understand underlying mechanisms of bleaching of anthocyanins extracted from black carrots
  • Contribute to the development of an analytical platform for analysis color, shade and stability in relation to molecular structure of anthocyanins of small volume samples from black carrots
  • Analyze extracted anthocyanins from black carrots with LC-MS Q-ToF, color measurement, light absorption ect.
  • Analyze data with both multivariate and univariate analysis for evaluation of the analytic platform
  • Write articles for high impact journals
  • Assistance of users/students from the department in advanced MS- and ESR experiments
  • Assist students in data collection software and data analysis
  • Participate in teaching at bachelor and master level, primary within food chemistry
  • Various duties related to the Department of Food Science

The candidate will be a part of a team focusing on alternative proteins, natural colorants, process- induced changes (oxidative- and heat-induced modifications) as well as metabolomics.

The successful candidate must have:
  • a strong background within stability of natural colors and alternative proteins
  • experience in data analysis, multivariate as well as univariate data analysis
  • a strong background in instrumentation, instrument control software, and data collection as well as experience in implementation of advanced experiments
  • documented strong writing skills
  • solid understanding of redox chemistry, molecular interaction, protein chemistry, analytical chemistry, and process-induced changes in food or feed
  • hands-on experience in maintenance and trouble-shooting of mass spectrometry equipment
  • a good technical understanding of mass spectrometry and experience in LC-MS QToF is considered a plus
  • a MSc and PhD degree in food science, analytical chemistry, biochemistry or similar

We offer a challenging and independent job opportunity in an ambitious and inspiring research and education environment with an informal atmosphere. We are looking for a dynamic employee who is able to work independently and maintain an overview during periods of high workload. We expect that you are efficient at planning your time and organizing major tasks. You enjoy interaction with both scientific staff, students and technical-administrative staff and you have a flair for establishing collaborative relationships.

The application must be in English and include curriculum vitae, publication list, degree certificate, and a description of previous relevant merits. The application should include the names and e-mail addresses of three people who can provide a letter of reference.

Read more about the Department of Food Science at www.food.au.dk

The place of work is Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Agro Food Park 48, Skejby, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

For further information on the position please contact associate professor Trine Kastrup Dalsgaard (trine.dalsgaard@food.au.dk, +45 22410942)

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
Technical Sciences 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.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

30 January 2020

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