A 3-year PhD fellowship is available at the NIELS BOHR INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY
OF COPENHAGEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK , with an expected start in July 2022, or
as soon as possible thereafter.
The fellowship is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and
innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No
Would you like to start your career in a European training network of leading
research universities and professionals from the industry? Then you might be
interested in this PhD position, which will enable you to join the PICKFOOD
project. PICKFOOD is a top level interdisciplinary training and research
programme involving 15 PhD positions across physics, physical chemistry and
food science. PICKFOOD aims to create at European level a network of next
generation young scientists trained in novel methodologies within Pickering
emulsions research enabling the development of safe, healthy and functional
foods and at the same time minimizing food waste due to lipid oxidation.
About your project
It is well known that small particles can get trapped at the interface between
two fluids. This effect can be used to coat droplets with micro or nano-scale
particles, and thereby stabilize emulsions without the use of surfactant
molecules, known as Pickering emulsions.
Together with 2 other Early Stage Researchers (to be recruited respectively
by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Aalto
University (AALTO)), you will contribute to the implementation of PICKFOOD
Work package 3 which focuses on the formation mechanism of stable Pickering
Fabrication of new Pickering encapsulates covers development of new materials
as well as their characterization not only by standard methods but also by
methods not usually accessible by food laboratories including X-rays
synchrotron and neutron scattering. The candidate will identify of food-grade
particles with potential for Pickering stabilization and possible applications
in the food industry. The interactions and assembly behaviour of the selected
Pickering-stabilized emulsions will be analysed in the nano-range, as these
factors determine the microstructure and are known to influence food
structure, rheology and functional properties at the macroscopic scale.
Whereas NTNU will test different combinations of mineral and vegetable oils to
evaluate and understand the properties inducing formation of edible oil-in-oil
emulsions and AALTO will identify food-grade colloidal particles whose state
and morphology can be controlled with temperature and/or pH.
Mobility within the PICKFOOD European Training Network is of high importance
and you are therefore expected to spend 3 months at Bether Encapsulates (BEC
in the Netherlands) for exploring novel approaches for encapsulation process
, 6 months at NTNU for Small Angle X-rays Scattering studies for verifying the
encapsulation and extent of release and one month at the University of
Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) to evaluate the relationship between interfacial
dilatational rheology and actives bio accessibility encapsulated in Pickering
emulsions evaluated by in vitro digestion techniques.
The candidate will be enrolled at the Niels Bohr Institute
(https: // nbi.ku.dk/) at the University of Copenhagen. The graduate program
requires the student to obtain 30 ECTS points during the three-year period in
order to graduate. Mandatory courses/schools are the Course for responsible
conduct of research (1.5 ECTS) and an Introduction to University Pedagogy
course (3 ECTS). A broad set of PhD courses are offered
(https: // phdcourses.ku.dk/).
Your key tasks as a PhD student at University of Copenhagen are:
Carry out an independent research project under supervision
Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education activities
corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
Participate in activities in the PICKFOOD network including secondments to
other partners in the project
Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to
your PhD project
Teach and disseminate your knowledge
Write a PhD thesis and publish scientific papers based on your research
- The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity
(work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organization for more
than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment -
unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva
- The researcher must be Early Stage Researcher (ESR): at time of
recruitment he/she must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent
research experience) 2 of his/her research careers and must not have been
awarded a doctoral degree.
We are looking for a dedicated and skilled individual with the following
Qualifications: Master's degree, preferably within Physics, Chemistry or
Food Science. To be considered for the position, it is a condition that your
Master's degree is considered to be equivalent to a Danish Master's
degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: Assessment
database — Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet (ufm.dk). Please note that
we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the
Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
Experience : Basic knowledge of scattering techniques (light, X-rays and
or / neutrons) will be considered as a strength.
Knowledge and skills: Very good communication and excellent analytical
skills, fluency in English.
Abilities : Interpreting scientific literature and incorporation into
project and understanding the research process are essential. Organising and
prioritising own work and organising research within the project timetable are
essential. Maintaining accurate and up to date records are essential.
Other : Flexible and co-operative; Good relationships with staff and
ability to communicate effectively; Self-motivated and hardworking; Enquiring,
critical approach to work; Willingness to learn new skills; and willing to
travel and go on secondments.
The Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) represents physics at the University of
Copenhagen. We research and teach within a broad spectrum of physics areas:
Astrophysics, Biophysics, eScience, Solid State Physics, Geophysics, Quantum
Physics and Particle Physics. At the condensed matter group we focus on the
understanding of the physical properties of solids and liquids, both naturally
occurring and artificially produced. The ESR hosting group research is
centered around the use of large-scale experimental facilities using X-rays
and neutrons, including the new X-ray source MAX-IV and the coming neutron
source ESS, located in Lund (S), but also home-lab facilities. With these
sources, we have a cross-disciplinary research ranging from understanding
biologically bound water in living cells and food proteins to complex
hydrating dynamics in dental cements and development of oral vaccines.
NBI wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes
applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Terms of employment
The 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 in collaboration with the main supervisor.
The PhD study must be completed in accordance with a) The Ministerial Order
on the PhD program (2013), b) the rules and regulations laid down by the
European Union's Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action European Training
Network, c) and the Faculty's rules on achieving the degree.
Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with the EU MSCA rules and
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.
See more information about The Niels Bohr Institute. For further information
about the position, applicants may contact Heloisa Nunes Bordallo (phone:
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now'
below. Please observe that the three applications are individual positions and
must be applied for separately. The applications must include the following
documents in PDF format:
1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant
for the position
3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a
certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement
from the institution or supervisor will do. As a prerequisite for a PhD
fellowship employment, your master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish
master's degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database:
https: // ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-
assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain
an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education
4. Publication list (if possible)
5. Letters of recommendation
Applications must be submitted before 28 February 28 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 the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment
manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring
committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their
application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the
assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to
comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant
You can read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of
13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
1 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol
2 This is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree
which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in
the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the
researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was