Postdoc in Predictive Dairy Microbiology

The Danish National Food Institute (DTU Food) invitesapplications for a one-year postdoc position within the research group of FoodMicrobiology and Hygiene. The group develops and applies methods for therapid detection, typing, quantification and prediction of microorganisms andmicrobial responses in food and water. We develop predictive foodmicrobiology models by using our detailed characterization of food incombination with microbial kinetics. New mathematical models and softwareare developed to improve development, processing, distribution, risk assessmentand HACCP-based own control programs for various foods. Our research groupconsists of nine faculty/scientists, 13 PhD students/postdocs and hassubstantial experience within predictive food microbiology (see

The industry and authorities increasingly use ourpredictive food microbiology models in product development/formulation and indocumentation of food safety to reduce time-to-market and costs ofmicrobiological testing. To be used in this way extensive and validatedmathematical models including the effect of various product characteristics andstorage conditions are required. This postdoc project will focus on developmentof new predictive models for Listeria monocytogenes inselected veined and nisin-containing cheeses.

As the postdoc, you will study growth responsesof Listeria monocytogenes and develop mathematical modelsto reliably predict growth and no-growth conditions for this importantpathogenic microorganism. Focus will be on the anti-listerial effect of nisin andon the effect of contamination scenarios for growth responses. Theproject includes collaboration between DTU Food and a Danish dairycompany.

    You will quantify and mathematically model the inhibitory effect of nisin and dairy specific ingredients in cheeses on growth and survival of Listeria monocytogenes.  Your research will include quantitative determination of nisin in cheeses and development of a predictive tool to facilitate the application of the developed models by industry and others.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in predictive food microbiology, foodmicrobiology, or equivalent field.

We are looking for a candidate with experience in foodmicrobiology and with the ability to perform experimental studies of microbialkinetics in food. Interest in fundamental and applied aspects of microbial foodsafety and experience with quantitative microbial ecology or predictivemodelling is needed. Good communication skills and the ability to work as partof a team are required.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globallyrecognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation andscientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an internationalenvironment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterizedby collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

 Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collectiveagreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevantunion. You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

 The period of employment is one year. Further information

may be obtained from Professor Paw Dalgaard, +454525 2566/+45 2567 5220,

 You can read more about DTU Food at  ApplicationPlease submit your online application no later than 28 January 2019 (local time).

To apply, please openthe link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form. Thefollowing must be attached in English:

    Application (coverletter)CVDiploma (MSc/PhD)List of publications

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Food researches in and disseminates sustainable and value-addingsolutions in the area of food and health for the benefit of society andbusiness. The institute delivers its outcomes through a uniqueinterdisciplinary cooperation between the disciplines of nutrition, chemistry,toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology and technology.

DTU is a technical university providinginternationally leading research, education, innovation and scientificadvice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovativesolutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are beingeducated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is anindependent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry,government and public agencies.

Deadline: 28 January 2019
Unit: DTU Food
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Post expires on Monday January 28th, 2019