Department of Food Science (FOOD KU), Faculty of Science (SCIENCE) invites
applicants for a PhD fellowship in Food Engineering. The project is in
collaboration with Arla
Start date is (expected to be) 1 June 2022 or as soon as possible
There is an increasing demand for sustainable processing for example in terms
of reducing of energy and water demand. Cleaning In Place (CIP) processes
have a significant environmental bearing, in terms of energy consumption
(estimated at 20% of the total energy used in manufacturing), water usage
and use of chemicals. There is a substantial risk in product quality and
safety associated with reducing the intensity of CIP processes making
optimization challenging. Monitoring tools and advanced data analytics at
industrial scale provide an opportunity that can be augmented by using models
that capture the relevant physico-chemical phenomena
The aim of the PhD is to develop knowledge that will enable optimization of
Cleaning in Place (CIP) processes in the dairy industry. The PhD will
investigate the fundamental mechanisms at microscopic and macroscopic scales
during cleaning of dairy formulations. Small scale rigs will be used to obtain
fundamental understanding of the phenomena. Interactions of dairy materials
with equipment surfaces and cleaning material, e.g. swelling, will be
investigated using a range of techniques, e.g. microscopy, to obtain relevant
kinetics. The potential of using a range of sensors, e.g. spectroscopy, to
monitor the process will be explored. We will model the dynamics and cleaning
processes aiming to develop on-line optimisation/monitor systems
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates with the field(s) of Food Processing.
Applicants can have a background for example from Dairy Engineering, Food
Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics.
Our group and research- and what do we offer?
The group is a part of Deaprtment of Food Science, Faculty of SCIENCE,
University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.
We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and
international research environment. Our research facilities include access to
state of the art pilot plants, ability to use a range of sensors and expertise
in process modelling and design.
The PhD project will be undertaken in collaboration with Arla Foods
Ingredients. Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI), a subsidiary of the European
dairy cooperative Arla Foods, is a global leader within specialized high
quality milk and whey ingredients used to meet specific needs of children,
athletes, patients and consumers. Close collaboration with AFI presents a
unique opportunity for the student to benefit from a dynamic environment,
state of the art facilities as well as be exposed in an industrial environment
that will enable transformation of fundamental knowledge to practical findings
Principal supervisor is Prof. Serafim Bakalis , Department of
Food Science, E-mail: email@example.com , Direct Phone: +4535336314.
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree
programme, equivalent to a Danish master's degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120
ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Food
Science, Dairy Science, Chemical Engineering. For information of eligibility
of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and
Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.
Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at
the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This
requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project
formulated by the applicant.
The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between
the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional
Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the
Protocol on Job Structure.
Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes
Carry through an independent research project under supervision
Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another
research institution, preferably abroad
Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project
We are looking for the following qualifications:
Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
Relevant work experience
Other relevant professional activities
Curious mind-set with a strong interest in Sustainable Food Processing
Good language skills
Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted
electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Please include :
Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project)
Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
Publication list (if possible)
Reference letters (if available)
The deadline for applications is 1 March 2022, 23:59 GMT +1.
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and
not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned
The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic
assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will
be passed for assessment.
The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted
applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques,
skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each
applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed
applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can
read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in April
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the
General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at
the PhD School's website: https: // www. science.ku.dk/phd/.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and
invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.