Ph.d-fellow in Screening and valorization of minor components in refined milk fractions

University of Copenhagen, Department of Food Science (FOOD.KU)


Ph.d-fellow – Screening and valorization of minor components in refined milk fractions


Department of Food Science (FOOD.KU), Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship commencing January 1st 2020 or soon thereafter. The application deadline is October 31th 2019.


Project description
This PhD project is part of a new research project funded by the Danish Dairy Research Council in collaboration with Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S (2019-2022) entitled “Low molecular weight compounds in milk and dairy streams - a potential new source for value added products (MilkStreamValue)”. Today, the Danish Dairy Industry is experiencing that an increased share of the produced milk is used for the production of high value products such as infant formulas and medical foods. These products often require a very specific composition where minor components, which contribute to Non-protein nitrogen (NPN) and ash, will play an important role for the properties of the product.


The aim of this PhD project is to establish new analytical methodologies for comprehensive and unbiased analysis of minor (low concentration) components in milk derived products, including milk and whey powders. Today, minor components in milk products largely remain unknown which in turn is a major limiting factor for the dairy industry to produce more value added products and improve quality. This project will implement new high-throughput methods anchored on hyphenated analytical platforms (GC-MS, LC-MS and NMR).


The PhD fellow will become a part of a successful and growing research group in foodomics. We expect you to have a background in analytical chemistry and/or in related areas with strong interest in applying advanced analytical platforms for solving challenges in sustainable production and valorization of side-streams from dairy industry.


We expect that you are highly interested in learning new analytical methods and multivariate data analysis for high-throughput analysis of minor components in dairy production and processing streams. Furthermore, we expect you to have an innovative mindset and good communication skills to establish a successful collaboration between academia and industries.


The project will be hosted by University of Copenhagen in close cooperation with dairy industry.


Principal supervisor

Associate professor

Bekzod Khakimov

(+45) 2887-4454

Dept. of Food Science

University of Copenhagen




Søren B. Engelsen

(+45) 2020-0064

Dept. of Food Science

University of Copenhagen


Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SCIENCE 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 some 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 in analytical chemistry or related areas

  • Experience in dairy science and technology

  • Knowledge about dairy production processes

  • The grade point average achieved

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme

  • Previous publications

  • Relevant work experience

  • Other professional activities

  • Language skills

  • Interpersonal skills

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in analytical chemistry or related subject areas. Applicants should also have excellent English skills including writing and speaking.


The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the SCIENCE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment.


Graduate School of SCIENCE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.


Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.


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


The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.



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


General information about PhD programmes is available at

 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.

  • Applicants whose principal language of instruction during their BSc/MSc was not Scandinavian or English must enclose IELTS or TOEFL test scores.

  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees


The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 1039 of 27 August 2013.

The application must be received no later than 31st October 2019. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

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