PhD scholarship within Mathematical Modelling for Risk-Benefit Assessment, Technical University of Denmark

Publish Date: Oct 09, 2015

Deadline: Oct 19, 2015

PhD scholarship within Mathematical Modelling for Risk-Benefit Assessment, Technical University of Denmark

DTU Food invites applications for a PhD scholarship within risk-benefit assessment of food in the Division for Diet, Disease Prevention and Toxicology. The PhD fellow will be affiliated to the Research Group for Risk-Benefit. Research in this group is focused on quantifying and combining both beneficial and adverse effects of nutrients, foods, and whole diets in an integrated way.

Responsibilities and tasks

The PhD project will focus on the development of novel mathematical methods for risk-benefit assessment in foods, using a case study on the consumption of fish. It aims to:

  • Compare methods for quantifying food related health risks and benefits;
  • Study the importance of variability between consumers and characterize the uncertainty of quantified health risks and benefits;
  • Investigate methods for finding the optimum intake of a specific food or nutrient with the ambition to ultimately characterize diets for optimum health.


Candidates should have a master's degree in applied mathematics or life sciences or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience with developing and analyzing mathematical models, and
  • Interest in the food or health sciences, and
  • The capacity and ambition to work in a multidisciplinary research environment

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Researcher Maarten Nauta, Head of research group Morten Poulsen and Head of Division Anette Schnipper.

We offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Maarten Nauta, +45 3588 7085 or Head of research group Morten Poulsen, +45 3588 7606.

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Please submit your online application no later than 19 October 2015.

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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • 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.

DTU Food is a department with the overall mission of contributing to research, development and education within the following scientific areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & health – all key elements to public health and food production.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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