Ph.D. Scholarship in Food Symbiotics approach for the prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders is available for a master degree students in Food health, Bioengineering, Biomedicine at the Research Group for Food Production Engineering at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food), Denmark 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Research Group for Food Production Engineering at the National Food Institute, DTU Food

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Candidates with master degree in Food health, Bioengineering, Biomedicine and related areas are preferred.

Responsibilities/Job Description

This PhD position is aiming to investigate the potential beneficial effects of food symbiotics (probiotics and prebiotics) for the prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You will be associated with the Research Group for Food Production Engineering at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food), Division of Computational Science and Technology, (SciLifeLab), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

If you dream of a career in science where you can make a significant impact on developing food systems and technologies and for a more healthy and sustainable future then this position may just be for you.

You are expected to start June 1st, 2022, or soon hereafter.

Responsibilities and qualificationsIn this project we will investigate the potential beneficial effects of food symbiotics (probiotics and prebiotics) supplementation during early prenatal life on gut microbiota composition animal behavior and associated changes in the brain activity dynamics, using a well-validated animal model of ASD. These studies will contribute to understand further how the food influences (during early life), can have a profound impact on brain development and later-life function.

The project will cover the following tasks:

  • Utilization of symbiotics to modulate the microbiome
  • Determination whether prenatal symbiotic intervention improves deficits in social behavior and repetitive behavior in mouse models of ASD.

Further, you will have tasks including:

  • Preparation of project meetings
  • Disseminate results at conferences and through scientific articles
  • Supervision duties of bachelor or master students
  • External research stay at KTH and KI
  • Attend PhD courses (30 ECTS)

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot start in the position 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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Note or Other details

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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.

Assessment The preferred candidate is ambitious, has a high motivation for research excellence and good command of written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge in:

  • Experience in food symbiotics (probiotics and prebiotics)
  • Experience with mouse behavioral assays
  • Experience with gene expression profiling techniques
  • Experience with microscopy, physicochemical and analytical characterization techniques,
  • Skills within statistical analyses of data

An internal panel will assess all applicants with appropriate qualifications.

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

You can read more about DTU-Food at, KTH , SciLifeLab group at and Karolinska Institute Neuroscience group at

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

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Contact details

May be obtained from Ioannis S. Chronakis ([email protected]) or Arvind Kumar ([email protected]) or Rochellys Diaz Heijtz ([email protected]).

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