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PhD Student

Date: Oct 8, 2021

Location: Brabrand, Central Region, DK, 8220

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 216981 


IFF, one of the major companies for food ingredients, is seeking a 3 years PhD student in food microbiology / Biochemistry. The PhD work is a collaboration between IFF company and DTU (National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark). The host laboratory at DTU is Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining. A part of the PhD project will be performed at DTU based in Copenhagen (DK)and a second part at IFF company located in Brabrand (DK) and Dangé-Saint-Romain (Fr). 


The student leads and supports selection and improvement of micro-organisms to design innovative starter cultures for plant-based fermentation through a variety of scientific techniques, instrumentation and disciplines. The strain improvement will be performed by applying non-GMO innovative techniques. High through put phenotyping, multi Omics approaches (genomic, transcriptomics) will be used to characterize the mutants. Investigations of enzymes of interest for plant-based adaptation are going to be performed. The program will allow to increase the knowledge about the fitness between plant-based raw material used to produce fermented dairy alternative products and lactic acid bacteria.       


As PhD student we expect you have knowledge of: 
•    Practices and principles of basic laboratory operations, techniques and procedures utilized in the areas of microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. 
•    microbial strain improvement techniques and screening techniques
•    Safety procedures relating to laboratory microbes as well as potentially hazardous chemicals; appropriate hazardous clean up procedures; universal precautions. 
•    Computer systems and techniques 


Ability to:
•    Organize test data for the purpose of reporting and documenting test results. 
•    Analyze situations and arrive at accurate conclusions. 
•    Prepare and record accurate laboratory reports. 
•    Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Have good work ethic. 


Education: Master Degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology or graduate degree that is allowing to prepare a PhD.  


Language/Written Skills: Ability to write clearly and informatively and present data effectively. Ability to speak effectively in English. French language ability, written and/or speak will be appreciated, Danish language too. 


Computer Skills: Individual should have knowledge of work processing and spreadsheet software. Ability to use commercial software for primer design and sequence data analysis is a plus.


Other Skills: Standard molecular techniques including Southern blotting, PCR, electrophoresis, bacteria isolation and identification, experience in lactic acid bacteria, sequencing, enzymatic assays design are a plus.

Please submit your CV and application in English as soon as possible. For more information about the role, you’re welcome to contact Principal Scientist, Pascal Fourcassié at 

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

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