PhD fellow in Protein Purification and Dairy Enzymology
The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Protein Purification and Dairy Enzymology commencing 1st March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Description of the scientific environment
The Department of Food Science is internationally recognized for its excellent food research and education, its impact for consumers and industry and its contribution to solving global challenges. Common to all of our research is that it contributes to growth, employment and solutions to global challenges such as sustainable food production, secure food supply, food and health, and the challenges within energy and the environment.
Our research ranges from food microbiology, food chemistry, food analysis, metabolomics of molecular and technological functionality, food processing technology, and exploratory data analysis to gastronomy, sensory quality and consumer perception.
Milk is a very complex medium in which at least 70 different indigenous milk enzymes are present at very low concentrations. These indigenous milk enzymes include alkaline and acid phosphatases, lactoperoxidase, xanthine oxidase, catalase, plasmin, lysozyme, and lipoprotein lipase. The activities of these enzymes may result in reduced product characteristics in the final dairy product.
The central focus of this PhD project will be to map, purify and quantify the activity of these key enzymes with respect to improving the overall quality of dairy products. Conventional protein purification methods together with advanced proteomic tools (LC-MS/MS, 2-D gel electrophoresis) will constitute the key analytical technologies used within this project.
Furthermore, various photometric and fluorophotometric analysis will be use to characterize the key indigenous enzymatic activities within various dairy products and processes. This PhD project will address the challenges facing the dairy industry in terms of an ever increasing demand for products with high quality and safety while at the same time maintaining production and processing efficiencies.
The department has a strong platform within proteomics, protein purification, enzymology, and analytical biochemistry as well as pilot plant facilities for the production of dairy products. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with internal partners and industry.
The principal supervisor is Professor Fergal P. Rattray, Department of Food Science, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Direct Phone: +45 35 33 12 55.
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
- To manage and carry through your research project
- Attend PhD courses
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
Applicants should hold a MSc degree in Food/Dairy Science and Technology, Biotechnology or Bioprocess 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.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW.
Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project
Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
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 31st January 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.