2 Post doctoral positions within cultured meat

3. august 2022


  • Udsendt dato
    3. august 2022
  • Udløbsdato
    23. august 2022

Job beskrivelse

Aarhus University, Department of Food Science, offers 2 positions at the post doctoral level within the area of cultured meat, starting 1 October 2022.

Area of work

Cultured meat is a future way to produce the same nutrients as traditional meat, with reduced impact on the environment. For cultured meat to enter the market, an affordable product of good taste is a prerequisite for success. To address this challenge Department of Food Science has a portfolio of new research projects with two open post-doc positions. This is part of a larger investment in cellular food at Aarhus University, which is lead from our group at Department of Food Science.

Postdoc 1 on nutrients and growth factors for culturing muscle cells: This project focuses on making animal derived side streams bioavailable as nutrients for muscle cells and combining these with relevant growth factors to support growth and differentiation of functional muscle fibres. Nutrients are obtained by enzymatic or chemical degradation as well as fractionation. This position will likely offer a 3-month stay in another international lab.

Postdoc 2 on muscle cell platform for testing culturing media:  This project focuses on establishing a screening platform with primary cells, establishing cell assays suitable for screening purposes of proliferating and differentiating cells. Screening assays will involve real time PCR, metabolic or cellular markers using Cytation 5.

The positions are part of the same project and will be collaborating.


  • A PhD degree in a relevant area e.g. food science, molecular biology, molecular medicine or similar
  • Documented experience in cell culturing, cell/molecular biology techniques, food science, meat science

The applicant is requested to specify which of the 2 positions is applied for.

Place of Work and area of Employment

The place of work is Agro Food Park 48, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related Departments.

Contact information

Further information on the position may be obtained from Jette Feveile Young, jettef.young@food.au.dk

You can read more about the Department of Food Science at http://food.au.dk/en/

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.


Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

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