The National Food Institute (DTU Food) offers a 2-year position as postdoc working within the area of molecular microbial ecology in the intestinal environment.

You will be part of the Research group for Gut, Microbes and Health. We offer an ambitious, dynamic and sociable research environment with lots of exciting challenges and opportunities.  

Every day antibiotics are being prescribed as oral tablets to treat infections not related to the intestinal environment. The lack of complete absorption however results in a major disturbance of the natural bacterial community in the intestinal environment. This induced dysbiosis frequently causes short-term negative effects, such as diarrhoea, but may also cause more severe long-term complications. Is it possible to reduce or eliminate this side effect of oral antibiotics?

The ROTATE (Reduction of oxygen in the gut to facilitate microbiota re-establishment following antibiotic treatment) project, recently funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, seeks to investigate novel strategies to approach this question and we are recruiting a postdoc to design, setup, conduct and interpret studies related to this.

Responsibilities and tasks 
The main task for the postdoc will be to design and set up studies in rodent models to investigate the potential of various natural compounds and microbes to alleviate the dysbiotic effect of antibiotics in complex microbial communities. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the role of abiotic conditions in the gut environment in relation to antibiotic-induced bacterial dysbiosis.

Additionally, you will be involved in the supervision of Master and/or Bachelor students in the group affiliated to the project.

The work will involve:

  • Designing and running trials in rodent models.
  • Molecular microbial work, including qPCR and 16S rRNA gene sequencing, to profile bacterial and archaeal communities and assess host effects.
  • Dissemination of methods and results in the form of conference contributions and scientific publications.
  • As part of the research group for Gut, Microbes and Health to contribute to the overall activities and development of this group.

Candidates should have a relevant PhD degree or equivalent.

We expect that you have a background in life science and a PhD degree related to intestinal microbial ecology. Required skills include:

  • Solid knowledge and understanding of microbiology and specifically the bacterial communities in the intestinal environment.
  • Experience profiling microbial communities in complex environments based on 16S rRNA gene or metagenomic sequencing.
  • Knowledge concerning host/microbe interactions in the intestinal environment.
  • Preferably experience with animal experiments and FELASA certificate    

Additionally, the candidate should

  • Be able to work independently
  • Have good scientific communication skills
  • Have a positive attitude and enjoy interacting and helping others in the research group

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.

The workplace will be at the Life Science & Bioengineering building 202 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 position is for 2 years.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Martin Iain Bahl +45 3588 7036. You can read more about DTU Food on

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Application procedure: 
Please submit your online application no later than 3  January 2021 (Danish 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.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.


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