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Indrykket 29-06-2020

Nutrition Scientist focusing on infant immune system, Pediatric nutrition

Are you ready to apply your expert knowledge about how the immune system develops, functions and affects early life development ? And would you like to put your competencies into play in the intersection where science meets the business? Join Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) in Aarhus, an independent company within the Arla Foods Group, with an ambition to become the true global leader in value-added whey.

You will become part of the department business area Pediatric within AFI, which is responsible for developing, documenting and selling ingredients to the global pediatric nutrition industry. You will join a team of four highly skilled Nutrition Scientists, who ensure sales into the pediatric segment by securing the scientific evidence of our ingredients. Furthermore, your position will enclose broad collaborative network with relevant academia partners, highly professional stakeholders in AFI and the pediatric nutrition industry.

You secure scientific evidence of our ingredients within infant immune system development and functionality.

As Nutrition Scientist it will be your mission to support the business by developing and securing the scientific evidence. More specifically, you will be collecting, communicating and generating scientific documentation of ingredients linked to the infant immune system and secure ingredient positioning within the pediatric nutrition industry. It will be your responsibility to manage pre-clinical and clinical trials within the area of immune development and functionality, and you will be overall accountable for securing the science evidence base supporting our ingredients within this field.

Specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Stay informed and updated on scientific evidence within the area of immune system development and functionality, how it impacts infant health and the relevant dairy components linked to this field through literature reviews, participation in relevant conferences, communication with key opinion leaders etc.
  • Develop and drive our documentation strategy within the area of immune development and functionality and health, which include management of pre-clinical trials and clinical collaborations within academia and industry partners
  • Identify relevant models within the infant immune system area for pre-clinical investigations  
  • Support the commercial organisation with insights within your field of expertise to secure the messaging
  • Participate in customer meetings to share your insights with their scientist
  • Fuel our product development pipeline with relevant ingredients that promotes proper immune system development and functionality  
  • Provide direction and support to AFI’s research strategy within the area of immune
  • Develop and contribute to our science based marketing material 

Skilled Scientist and project manager with immune background and good communication skills

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree within the field of immune or minimum MSc with some years of relevant experience. Post-doctoral or similar experience within the field of immune is preferred. You are capable of navigating within relevant analytical methods and securing the prober interpretation of complex data within the area immune dynamics and general health impact on early life. Experience with managing and running pre-clinical or clinical trials is preferred.

Your experience with acquisition and communication of scientific knowledge will become key for our ambition to continuously expand and strengthen our understanding of how our ingredients affect this important area.

You will proactively use your scientific skills and knowledge to bring scientific evidence forward with the goal of supporting the commercialisation and sale of our ingredients. Also, as an experienced project manager, you know how to define goals and achieve them. You have an open mind and the skills to get your opinion and ideas across, and it comes natural to you to manoeuvre in a major matrix organisation where you build relations to colleagues. You can work independently as well excelling in teamwork.  Finally, you are a great communicator with strong English proficiency and the ability to make your field accessible to non-specialists. You can work independently as well excelling in teamwork. 

You should expect approx. 25 travel days with the purpose of visiting customers presenting the scientific evidence, join conferences and collaboration projects with academia.

Please apply no later than August 13th.

Please note that this is a reposting of the position originally posted as "Nutrition Scientist with focus on Microbiota and gut health". The job profile has changed and candidates who were previously rejected might be very relevant for this position. Have you previouly applied for the role and received a rejection and would you like to apply for this role, then write an email to and ask for your application to be reactivated. Thanks.

For urgent questions to the position please call Anne Staudt Kvistgaard, Head of Nutrition science, Pediatric at +45 8938 1196. Please expect prolonged response time due to holiday. Please state in your application where you have seen the advertisement.


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.

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