The Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a Ph.D. position concerns the extraction of bioactive fractions from insects using green technologies, at the Research group for Food Production Engineering (FPE) at DTU Food, Denmark – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jun 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Food Production Engineering (FPE) at 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) in Food Technology, Chemical Engineering, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate has:

  • Knowledge of food science and technology (e.g., food colloids and mass transfer) and experience with process technologies
  • Knowledge of biochemical and physico-chemical characterization techniques.
  • Knowledge of extraction processes and experience with green extraction of bioactive compounds will be an advantage
  • Skills in design of experiments (DOE)/data analytics or modelling
  • Good laboratory skills
  • Good collaboration and communication skills (written and oral English)
  • Critical thinking and analytical working approach
  • Skills within statistical analyses of data and data management

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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.


The assessment of the candidates will be made by Assistant professor Federico Casanova and Associate professor Aberham Hailu Feyissa, both from Food production Engineering, DTU and Associate professor Uri Lesmes from Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion. The assessment will be based on the qualification requirements listed above as well as the grades from MSc/BSc education.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Would you like to start your career working on our new project, which aims at providing fundamental knowledge that will enable an efficient extraction of bioactive fractions from new sustainable protein source (insect) by the use of green technologies followed by an understanding of the structure-function relationship of extract generating novel techno-functional fractions and ascertaining their potential performance during human digestion? The project is a collaboration with Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) in Israel.

This PhD position concerns extraction of bioactive fractions from insect using green technologies, followed by the application and evaluation of the techno-functional properties of extract fraction when evaluated in emulsions and human digestion.

You will be associated with the Research group for Food Production Engineering (FPE) at DTU Food. The goal of FPE is to provide new, cutting-edge knowledge of principles of industrial food processing and creation of novel technologies that contribute to sustainable food productions. Research on green processing and process optimization is one of the focus areas of the group.


During your PhD project you will

  • Apply green technologies such as pulse electric field (PEF), deep eutectic solvents (DES) or combination of these technologies to extract bioactive fraction from insect
  • Design experiments to optimize extraction processes
  • Investigate biochemical and physico-chemical properties of the extracted fractions
  • Screen isolated fractions for techno-functionality as thickeners and emulsifiers
  • Produce and characterize in vitro digestibility of O/W emulsions stability of insect proteins
  • Study the digestibility of insect-based fractions in the human digestive tract using in vitro methods of the upper GI and/or the colon (using relevant--controlled bioreactors).

The PhD study includes a research stay at Technion in Israel.

During the PhD work you will

  • be responsible for your own research, supervised by experienced and engaged supervisors in a collaborative environment
  • perform research and contribute with new knowledge within the fields of extraction using green technologies (such as PEF, DES), characterizations of techno-functional properties from insect, the relationship between their structure and function and digestibility of insect-based fractions in the human digestive tract.
  • engage in collaboration with the other scientists both at DTU and Technion
  • contribute to co-supervision of students and other teaching activities.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 25 March 2022 (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 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 - It is important that you document in your Curriculum vitae that you fulfil the eligibility requirements mentioned above
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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.

You can read more about DTU Food at

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Note or Other details


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.

Expected starting date is 1st June 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from the supervisor, Assistant Professor Federico Casanova (Tel. + 45 252716, mail:[email protected]), Associate Professor Aberham Hailu Feyissa (Tel. + 45 45252772, mail: abhfe

You can read more about DTU Food 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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