PhD scholarship in Protein science

DTU Bioengineering
torsdag 01 feb 18

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A PhD fellowship is available at Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) at the Technical University of Denmark. The position will be placed in the Enzyme and Protein Chemistry group in the section of Protein Science and Signaling Biology with about 30 staff members.

The position will be part of the project “WPAC. Structure and Design of Whey Protein Alginate Complexes” granted by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. This research is carried out at DTU Bioengineering in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim; Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen; Center for Molecular Protein Science, Lund University; Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen.

Project partners also include DTU Chemistry; DTU Micro- and Nanotechnology; Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University; Arla Food Ingredients (AFI).

Responsibilities and tasks
The project work for this position includes: production of recombinant b-lactoglobulin and analysis of sites interacting with designed alginate oligosaccharides using NMR; cross-linking of b-lactoglobulin as well as whey protein mixture and identification of cross-linked amino acid residues using mass spectrometry; evaluation by in vitro digestion using articificial gastrointestinal tract systems of cross-linked protein (whey protein mixtures) in complex with alginate for validation of functional effects.

Experience within some of the following areas of protein science will be an advantage

  • Protein structure analysis (NMR, X-ray crystallography)
  • Biophysical methods for measuring protein molecular interactions
  • Recombinant production, purification and characterization of proteins
  • Oligosaccharides / polysaccharides
  • Protein mass spectrometry
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Birte Svensson and Prof. Finn L. Aachmann (NTNU) together with relevant project partners.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be at the DTU main campus in Lyngby, 10 km north of Copenhagen in Denmark with work visits to partners in Copenhagen, Trondheim and Lund.

The position is available shortly.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Birte Svensson - DTU Bioengineering, tel.: +45 4525 2740.

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Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2018 (Local time). Apply online at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) conducts research, educates future bio-engineers, provides scientific advice and innovate within the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine. The research at DTU Bioengineering is at the highest international level and focuses on the societal and scientific challenges within the field. Research is conducted within three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 160 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.