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Research Scientist - Dairy Chemistry & technology

For our Food Chemistry team in Aarhus, we are looking for a Research Scientist with a passion for dairy chemistry preferably with a strong understanding of dairy processing and mineral science.


About our team


We have a global role in Arla R&D and are based in Arla’s Innovation Centre in Aarhus, Denmark. Our purpose is to transform food chemistry into business opportunities for Arla. We drive food chemistry based research, partner up with product developers to create the future of dairy and support our production sites worldwide with ad hoc tasks. We are a team of scientists and technicians with vast experience within food chemistry and we are eager to find a new colleague to share our chemistry passions with.


Key partner to various innovation projects


As a scientist within dairy chemistry you will be a key element in our strategic focus on developing the future technologies for Arla. By utilising your knowledge within mineral science, dairy processing and analytical approach, you drive science and innovation from lab scale to pilot plant trials and communicate this to your stakeholders. You will be a key partner in innovative science projects and tasks with focus on dairy chemistry during processing. You will be responsible for handling multiple tasks in parallel and will work independently, but always as part of a team of scientists and technicians. In this role you will combine your strong scientific skills with a business mindset.


This means that you:


  • Will be a key partner in various innovation projects related to dairy chemistry and processing, covering impact of filtration, heating, pH adjustments etc. on mineral and protein chemistry.
  • Drive dairy chemistry research and innovation projects, making sure they meet expectations for deliverables, time and resources
  • Maintain, build and strengthen competencies through internal and external research projects related to dairy technology
  • Combine your analytical skills with your knowledge within dairy chemistry and technology to provide recommendations to product development teams
  • Maintain, build and strengthen our analytical competencies within mineral characterisation with a primary focus on existing methods including ion chromatography (IC) and energy-dispersive
  • X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) . This will be done in close collaboration with our R&D laboratory technicians
  • Perform ad hoc support to the business solving dairy chemistry related issues specific within mineral balance in the dairy products
  • Proactively enable a two-way transfer of knowledge between the organisation and relevant internal and external partners
  • Are able to work in a multidisciplinary team with colleagues across different science areas, from production , suppliers and product developers
  • Deliver new business opportunities through science application and technology exploration



Scientist with a solid Protein Chemistry background


You hold a Master’s degree or PhD in Dairy chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical engineering, Dairy science, Food technology or similar relevant education. Besides in-depth knowledge within dairy chemistry some of the following skills will be advantageous:


  • Thorough understanding of production processes in Dairy Industry (filtration and heating technologies)
  • Hands-on experience with analytical tools for mineral characterisation, specifically IC and XRF
  • Fundamental knowledge on design of experiments, data analysis and statistics


Besides scientific competencies, to have success in this role, it would be advantageous for you to:


  • Be a curious and creative team player that at the same time thrive in an independent role in an international environment
  • Be a good communicator with strong stakeholder management skills to engage both internal and external collaborators
  • Possess a structural and analytical approach to your work, both in terms of planning, reporting and keeping an overview of ongoing tasks
  • Be fluent in both spoken and written English



What we offer

A position where you will be at the cutting edge of research in your field. A dynamic job where you will have some travel days visiting our sites, universities as well as external collaboration partners. A true learning experience, as some of your tasks will be longer term and some shorter term, you can always be sure to be challenged with tasks inside and outside of your scientific comfort zone. An international environment where scientific knowledge sharing and continuous learning are key words. Last but not least we offer you a team that values open communication, humour, impressive chromatograms and cooking.


Application and contact


We will review applications and invite for interviews on an ongoing basis, so please apply as soon as possible. For additional information, please call Senior R&D Manager Mette Christensen at +45 87466728. 


We have a purpose for Good


At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?




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