Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, is recognized for excellence in food research, food science education, and industry collaboration. It covers all disciplines of food science from raw materials to processing and consumption, and is organized in four sections, one of which is the section for “Food Microbiology and Fermentation”, where the position is placed. Gut microbiome research is a strong focus area and during the last 5 years the viruses residing in the gastrointestinal tract (bacteriophages as well as archaeal and eukaryotic viruses – also termed the gut virome) and their interactions with their microbiological hosts as well as the mammalian host has become a particular research focus. Further information about the Department can be found at

The postdoc’s duties will include research within gut virome research. The post may also include performance of other duties.

The position is open from 1st February 2021or as soon as possible thereafter for 16 months with possibility for prolongation of the contract.

Preferred qualifications

The preferred candidate holds a PhD within microbiology or related research fields and has strong experience within gut microbiome research in general and gut virome research in particular. The project will combine wet-lab work (including animal experiments) with bioinformatics and the ideal candidate will have strong experience with both. Furthermore, it is expected that the candidate has strong qualifications within several of the following areas:

  • Animal experiments (holds a FELASA licence or similar)
  • Bacteriophages and methods for their characterization (plaque assays etc.)
  • Cultivation of obligate anaerobic bacteria
  • Virome characterization of complex environments

Terms of employment

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

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae-Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list-Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

Interviews will be held first or second week of January 2021.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.APPLY NOW

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


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Application deadline: 15-12-2020Employment start: 01-02-2021Working hours: Full timeDepartment/Location: Food Microbiology and Fermentation


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