Postdoc in Microscopy of Food Materials at University of Southern Denmark

A postdoc position working at the interface between food science, bioimaging and biophysics is available at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense. Employment can take place from 1 May 2022 or soon thereafter. Application deadline: 1 March 2022.
The successful candidate will work on a project focused on the microstructural basis of product stability in novel food types containing dairy and non-dairy ingredients.
The project is interdisciplinary and explorative and will develop new sample types, original use of microscopy tools and implementation/development of image analysis methods in conjunction with concepts from food science. The main focus will be to establish a relationship between micro and nanostructure of food materials and their physical stability, and to develop a toolbox based on microscopy. The project is performed as a collaboration between a university (SDU, Campus Odense) and two partners from the food industry: Arla Foods and IFF Denmark (both located in Aarhus, DK). Employment and main workplace will be at SDU, Odense.
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with the following qualifications:
  • A strong experimental background (PhD) in food science, biophysics, bioimaging, soft materials, biological nanoscience or a related discipline. The ideal candidate will have experience in both food science and biophysics/bioimaging.
  • Competence to perform high-quality experimental research at the interface between food science, bioimaging and biophysics. The candidate should be both creative and systematic, able to propose and design relevant experiments and to work independently.
  • Experience with microscopy of micro/nanostructures (e.g. confocal or AFM) and image analysis is beneficial.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (English) for effective teamwork in the project group.

The successful candidate will get access to state-of-the-art microscope and biophysics facilities at SDU (DaMBIC) plus laboratories at the company R&D facilities.
The postdoc position is for up to three years. Candidates are requested to motivate their interest in the position and to include two letters of recommendation or alternatively references that can be contacted.
For further information please contact Associate Professor Adam Cohen Simonsen (
About the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy
The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy has approximately 160 employees including 37 permanent researchers, 70 postdocs and PhD students, and 35 technical administrative staff. To support experimental work the department has both a mechanical and electronics workshop. The department hosts four programmes - physics, chemistry, pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry - with a total student population of just over 500. The research at the department is internationally competitive and the researchers secure DKK 45 – 50 million per year from external foundations and stakeholders.
Application, salary etc.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.
The application must include the following:
  • A curriculum vitae including information on previous employment.
  • A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.
Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.
To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.
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