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Ph.d-fellow in "Extension of shelf-life of milk by mild processing"

The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen seeks a Ph.d-fellow from 1st July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on a Ph.d project “Extension of shelf-life of milk by mild processing.

The application deadline is 3rd May 2017.

Project description

This PhD project is related to professorship in Dairy Process technology at University of Copenhagen and more specifically the research  “Platform for Novel Gentle Processing and Shelf-life Intelligence” that is a dynamic industrial multidisciplinary environment supported by Danish Dairy Research Foundation.

The research aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility and robustness of non-thermal processing as alternative to thermal pasteurisation and solving bottlenecks to ensure milk safety during storage.  The work will combine knowledge about non-thermal technologies, microbiology and milk structure.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SCIENCE are:

  • Manage and carry through your experimentally based research project

  • Take PhD courses

  • Write scientific papers and your PhD thesis

  • Participate in international congresses

  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key critieria for the assessment of the candidates:

  • Master degree in dairy technology or non-thermal processing
    Experience in microbiology, food structure or food chemistry

  • Interest to perform experiments across scales (lab, pilot, full-scale)

  • Interest in understanding the effects of process on product properties

  • The grade point average achieved

  • Relevant work experience

  • Other professional activities

  • Language skills

  • Interpersonal skills

Formal requirements
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master degree

The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the SCIENCE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment. Graduate School of SCIENCE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.

Terms of employment

The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

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


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about the Ph.d programmes is available at

Application Procedure

 Apply by clicking ‘Apply online’ below.

 Applications – in English – must include:

  • Cover letter describing your motivation for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas and transcripts of grades (Master degree)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. MSc thesis, list of publications
  • Applidants whos principial lanuguage of instruction during their BSc/MSc was not Scandinavian or English must enclose IELTS or TOEFL test scores


The application must be received no later than 3rd May 2017. Applications received later than this date will not be considered


Further information on the Department is linked at


Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Lilia Ahrné,

The project will be hosted by University of Copenhagen.





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Lilia Ahrné


Ansøgningsfrist: 03-05-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-07-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Fødevarevidenskab

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