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For our Food Chemistry team in Aarhus, we are looking for a Research Scientist with a passion for protein chemistry preferably with a strong understanding of dairy products and food technology. You will be joining us in a temporary position as a maternity cover.



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 protein chemistry you will be a key element in our strategic focus on developing the future protein technologies for Arla. By utilising your knowledge within protein characterisation, food technology 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 protein chemistry. 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 protein chemistry, covering both dairy and plant proteins
  • Drive protein 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 protein technology
  • Combine your analytical skills with your knowledge within protein chemistry and food technology to provide recommendations to product development teams
  • Maintain, build and strengthen our analytical competencies within protein characterisation with a primary focus on LC/MS-MS. This will be done in close collaboration with our R&D laboratory technicians
  • Perform ad hoc support to the business solving protein related issues
  • Proactively enable a two-way transfer of knowledge between the organisation and relevant internal and external partners
  • Engage with colleagues across the different Science teams and throughout the Innovation Centre to understand their roles and capabilities and ultimately strengthen internal collaboration



Scientist with a solid Protein Chemistry background



You hold a Master’s degree of PhD in biochemistry, Food science, chemical engineering or similar relevant education. Besides in-depth knowledge within protein chemistry (dairy and plant proteins) some of the following skills will be advantageous:


  • Experience from the food industry
  • Knowledge on dairy/food processing
  • Hands-on experience with analytical tools for protein characterisation, specifically LC-MS/MS
  • 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


If you are in the beginning of your career, we are also open for your application for this role. We will then welcome you as an Associate Research Scientist and support your steep learning curve in the position.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. 



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 hope for the position to be filled and ready to start in March. 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 8746 6728. 



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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