Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Ph.d fellow in On-Line Detection of Undesired Meta-Bolites in Slaughter Carcasses at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Department of Food Science, Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship commencing 1st April 2012 or soon thereafter.

Project description
The aim of this project is to investigate the potential of using various spectroscopic techniques for on-line detection of boar taint in slaughter carcasses. A complementary set of spatially resolved spectra from various spectroscopic sources in combination with multivariate data analysis will be used to device a measurement method that will be able to determine the potential of a carcass to developing the undesired boar-taint smell when the meat is further processed. The project is collaboration between the Department of Food Science and Carometec A/S with financial aid from the Danish Advanced Technology Foundation. Chemometrics and spatially resolved spectroscopy are key technologies for success in this project. The Quality & Technology group at KU-LIFE are experts in chemometrics and biospectroscopy (http://www.models.life.ku.dk/) and Carometec A/S is a world leading manufacturer of measurement equipment for the meat industry (http://www.carometec.com).

Principal supervisor
Professor
Søren Balling Engelsen
Direct Phone: (+45) 3533 3205
Department of Food Science

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at LIFE are:
  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Stay at a research institution abroad for a few months
  • Teach and disseminate your research
 Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
  • A master´s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • Experience with food production
  • Experience with vibrational spectroscopy
  • Experience with multivariate data analysis
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)
 Formal requirements
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty´s master´s programmes. At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the LIFE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment.
Graduate School of Faculty of Life Sciences, LIFE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.

Terms of employment
The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Application Procedure
Apply by clicking "Apply online" below.

Applications - in English - must include:
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
  • Personal Recommendations  
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.

By the end of August 2011, all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application. Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged.

The application must be received no later than 27th March 2012. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes is available at www.LIFE.ku.dk/LIFEphd

Deadline: 27-03-2012
Publisher: Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultet

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