Department of Food Science (FOOD), Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellowship in applying electrodialysis to acid whey from 1 September 2019 or soon thereafter.
The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen seeks a PhD candidate to work on a PhD project regarding application of electrodialysis to acid whey. This PhD project is part of the Platform for Novel Gentle Processing and Shelf-life Intelligence that is a dynamic industrial multidisciplinary environment supported by Danish Dairy Research Foundation.
Electrodialysis (ED) is a membrane separation process for charged molecules via ion exchange membranes. Charged components are transported from one solution to another due to the influence of applied electrical potential. Acid whey is a by-product of strained yoghurt, cream cheese and chemical acidification of milk in dairy production. Previous studies have proven the high effectiveness of ED for demineralization of whey and removal of lactic acid from fermentation broths and acid whey to improve down-stream processability, e.g. reduce stickiness of whey powder during spray-drying. However, there are still a number of challenges regarding application of ED to acid whey. The complexity of the feed, criteria for selection of the membranes and reduction of fouling require basic understanding and knowledge to make ED process more effective and robust.
The objective of this work is to improve the basic understanding of ED regarding separation of lactic acid and/or demineralisation of acid whey.
Principal supervisor is Professor, Lilia Ahrné, Department of Food Science, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , Direct Phone: +45 3533 3794 with co-supervision by Assistant Professor Shyam Suwal.
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are::
- Manage and carry through your experimentally based research project
- Take PhD courses
- Write scientific papers and your PhD thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
- Work for the Department
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
- Previous experience in membrane filtration technologies
- A strong commitment to research and performing experiments across scales (lab, pilot, full-scale
- Strong interest in processing technology and understanding the effects of process on product properties
- The grade point average achieved
- Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
- Previous publications
- Relevant work experience
- Other professional activities
- Interpersonal skills
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master degree.
Applicants should hold an MSc degree food technology or science, chemical or biochemical engineering with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.
Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor, Professor, Lilia Ahrné, Department of Food Science, E-mail email@example.com , Direct Phone: +45 3533 3794
Application ProcedureThe application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
- Cover letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
- Diploma and transcripts of records
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
- List of references or personal recommendations letters
- Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The deadline for applications is 5 June 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd
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Deadline: 5 June 2019
Unit: Faculty of Science
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Post expires on Wednesday June 5th, 2019