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Application Scientist - AFI Cheese & Culinary, Aarhus (15 month Maternity Cover)


Our innovators move fast and draw strength from their natural curiosity as well as their specialist knowledge. You love to put your intellectual skills to the test every day and you feel like exploring the frontier of your field and inventing new standards. Do you want to set new standards within the use of milk- and whey proteins in cheese applications?


Then join the Application Science & Technology Centre within Arla Food Ingredients (AFI) in Aarhus. AFI is an independent company within the Arla Foods Group and a global leader in natural whey ingredients for many different categories including fresh dairy products, cheese, beverages, bakery, culinary, infant and sport nutrition.


“One of the cornerstones in our business is our dedicated experts that explore and document the functionality of our milk- and whey proteins, milk minerals, lactose and permeate. You are offered a unique position in our dynamic working environment where you will apply your competencies within a broad of range responsibility areas” says Senior Category & Application Manager, Claus Bukbjerg Andersen.


Innovative development of cheese products

Your work often involves the building and expansion of strong cross-functional teams, both among  food technicians, specialists and Scientists, as well as close collaboration with our AFI R&D department.  As our new Application Scientist, your main objectives are:

  • Management of application projects
  • Management of concept development projects
  • Strengthening of our knowledge platform within the cheese area, focusing on functional and physio-chemical properties of milk and whey proteins                                   
  • In close collaboration with our application technicians and specialists, develop new recipes, coordinate pilot scale trials and laboratory tests, followed by documentation and presentation of the findings
  • Management and maintenance of handout recipes and presentations in Sharepoint
  • In collaboration with the other teams manage our internal QA/QC procedures


Scientist with strong interest in product and concept development

You hold a Master’s degree in Food Science, Chemistry or similar, and if you have knowledge within protein chemistry, use of ingredients like emulsifiers and stabilisers, it will be an advantage. Maybe you have experience within product development, project management and food processing. Experience within dairy science, and especially cheese production will be an advantage as well – but is not demanded.


Most importantly, however;  you take a strong interest in developing your skills within these areas and seeing your ideas and innovations be brought into practise when new products and concepts are launched to the market is a powerful motivation for you.

As a person, you are open-minded and positive, innovative and a skillful communicator, who is able to network with many important stakeholders. Moreover, you know that proper and systematic documentation is an important part of successful project management, and you are able to get your points across in an efficient manner in order to achieve results successfully. You are proficient in written and spoken English.


Application and contact

If you want to drive innovation and help shape the industry, then seize this exciting opportunity. We are conducting interviews for this position on an ongoing basis, so please apply as soon as possible.


For additional information, please call Senior Category & Application Manager, Claus Bukbjerg Andersen  at +45 7222 9560.


Please apply via this link.


COVID-19 Notice:
We are busy producing dairy products so we can continue #fillingtheshelves and #feedingthenation. Recruiting talent to Arla thus stays one of our top priorities also during these difficult times. Necessity is the mother of invention, so we have moved to virtual hiring and onboarding processes for most of our recruitments to enable candidates and our recruitment teams to get close while respecting social distancing. If at the final stages of a recruitment, a candidate would prefer to meet in person, we take all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone's safety.