Two-year postdoc position within protein extraction from green biomasses

Two-year postdoc position within protein extraction from green biomasses

At the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, a postdoc position is available starting as soon as possible. The ideal candidate has a research background within biorefinery and protein technology, practical experience with processing of biomass and strong analytical skills.

The chosen candidate will play an active role in developing applied research within the recently established protein platform at Aarhus University. The goal of the platform is to develop, optimise and implement locally produced protein feed/food from green leafy biomass. A new green biorefinery pilot plant has been erected at the Department of Engineering. The candidate will be a part of a dedicated team, bringing the technology from the laboratory to pilot- and demonstration scale, while optimising each unit operation and the integrated process. The main focus of the postdoc position will be on research and development within plant protein -extraction, -precipitation and -separation, both in lab- and pilot scale, as well as implementation of analytical biochemistry tools.

The postdoc position will take part in several research projects and be part of an interdisciplinary platform across different departments at Aarhus University on proteins from green biomass as well as the Bio-Value SPIR platform funded under the SPIR initiative by The Danish Council for Strategic Research and The Danish Council for Technology and Innovation.

The candidate is expected to take part in teaching and supervision of students at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels as well as developing new project applications.

• Experience in protein precipitation and separation
• Experience in processing of green plant materials
• Experience in analytical biochemistry
• Academic qualifications at PhD level preferably within biorefining
• Documentation of excellent skills within a relevant research area
• Good skills in communication of research results internationally as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Experience in supervising students and teaching at a high academic level will also be a merit

Further information on the position may be obtained from Postdoc Morten Ambye-Jensen, phone: +45 93508009, e-mail:

Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish).
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

The deadline for applications is 1.8.2016

Applications must be done online

Apply here

Please do note, that even though the application portal is in Danish the application must be in English as mentioned above.

Original job posting from Aarhus University. Their job posting can be found here.