Postdoc Position: (1-year) in Risk-Benefit Assessment on Food

Study in:Denmark
Deadline: 16 January 2018

Postdoc Position (1-year) in Risk-Benefit Assessment on Food

The National Food Institute (DTU Food) offers a 1 year position as postdoc in risk-benefit assessment on food.

You will be part of the Research group for Risk Benefit at the Division of Diet, Disease Prevention & Toxicology. The research group is a highly ambitious and world-leading within the research area.

The research focus of the group is on quantitative health assessment of food and diets, and its primary aims are to develop new and improved methods to perform risk-benefit assessments, to estimate burden of food associated diseases and to rank risks and benefits of food.

One of the major research projects within the group is the Metrix project. The objective of Metrix is to perform integrated analyses of the health risks and benefits of diets, food and nutrients. The method used is quantification in common health metrics like Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY).

  • You will be part of the Metrix project and work in the field of quantitative risk-benefit assessment.
  • You will work in a dynamic group together with researchers with competencies within nutrition, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, and mathematical modelling.
  • The work will involve international and national collaboration.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will work in a multi-disciplinary team and will be responsible for and/or contribute to specific risk-benefit case studies. The main tasks will be:

  • Quantifying health impact of food based on multiple data sources such as health registers, epidemiological data, and toxicological animal data.
  • Disseminate methods and results in the form of reports and scientific publications.
  • Together with the other researchers, in the group, take part in the planning of future research projects and writing of grant applications.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

We expect that you have a solid background in life science. Required skills include:

  • Experience in data analysis and modelling
  • Good knowledge of R or similar programming language
  • Experience with public health risk assessment modelling
  • Experience in food science and epidemiology
  • Experience within interpretation of toxicological data

Risk-benefit assessment is a research area integrating different research disciplines. It is therefore important that

  • You enjoy working with complex topics
  • You are motivated by both personal and team accomplishments
  • You thrive on multidisciplinary collaboration

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 terms of employment
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.

Workplace and period of employment:

The workplace will be at the new Life Science & Bioengineering building specifically designed to accommodate and facilitate our activities. The building is located at the DTU main campus in Kgs. Lyngby at the outskirt of Copenhagen.

The period of employment is 1 year.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from research group leader Morten Poulsen +45 3588 7606. You can read more about DTU Food on

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 16 January 2018 (Local time).

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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching. 

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.

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Apply no later than 16 January 2018
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