PhD scholarship in Vitamin and Bioavailability at Technical University Of Denmark

Applicants are invited to apply for a phd position at Technical University Of Denmark. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is September 21, 2018.

The National Food Institute (DTU Food) at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a PhD position within the research field of vitamins. The successful applicant will be based in the research group for Bioactives - Analysis and Application. One of the focus areas of the research group is vitamins in food. We aim to assess the biological activity of different vitamin active compounds, as well as to develop new strategies to optimize the content of vitamins in food.

Responsibilities and tasks

The overall objective of the PhD study is to establish an in vitro digestion model to investigate the relative bioavailability of vitamins. The bioavailability estimates for the combined in vitro digestion and human cell model generally correlates well with human data.

You will be responsible for investigating the individual forms of vitamin K, phylloquinone (PK) and menaquinones (MKs), in foods and supplements. This will include optimization and implementation of a LC-MS/MS method for vitamin K. The results will be essential for future vitamin K recommendations by food authorities and you can be involved in providing the food industry with knowledge on vitamin K compounds for innovation and development of new food products.

You will collaborate closely with other researchers at DTU Food as well as researchers at the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences at University of Queensland, Australia.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering with focus on analytical chemistry combined with nutrition or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The main workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, but the PhD-study plan will include an external stay at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Jette Jakobsen, +45 2025 9192 , E-mail: or Professor Charlotte Jacobsen, E-mail:

You can read more about the research group Bioactives - Analysis and Applicataion on


Please submit your online application no later than 21 September 2018.

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:
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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