PhD Student Position


Place: Stockholm/Uppsala
Last day to apply: 21/11/2018

Lantmännen is an agricultural cooperative and Northern Europe’s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products. Owned by 25,000 Swedish farmers, we have 10,000 employees, operations in over 20 countries and an annual turnover of EUR 4 billion (SEK 40 billion). With grain at the heart of our operations, we refine arable land resources to make farming thrive. Some of our best-known food brands are AXA, Bonjour, Kungsörnen, GoGreen, Gooh, FINN CRISP, Schulstad and Vaasan. Our company is founded on the knowledge and values acquired through generations of farmers. With research, development and operations throughout the value chain, together we take responsibility from field to fork. For more information:

Lantmännen invests 200-300 million SEK annually in research and development to enhance the value of grain and other crops from field to fork. Lantmännen Research & Development (R&D) runs Lantmännen's strategic work with research, innovation and business development. Lantmännen R&D is also responsible for Lantmännen's research foundation and develops Lantmännen's grain competence in environmental impact, cultivation, technical quality and nutrition.

In collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Lantmännen now offers a unique opportunity for an industrial PhD student to run a research project within food science.

Fractionation of wheat bran to create new functional food ingredients
We are looking for a PhD student who is interested in research on how structural and functional properties of foods affect their properties. The development towards a sustainable society requires new approaches to produce materials and food. Wheat bran is a side stream from grinding of wheat that contains many interesting components. The work will include design of the fractionation process and functional characterization of the different fractions and their use in model food systems.

The general aim of this PhD project is to create new functional ingredients from wheat bran through fractionation, pre-processing and extraction. This will mean to characterize and understand the properties of the ingredients, control these properties through process and raw materials, as well as establish the relationship between the ingredients and their function in model products such as emulsion, foam and gels.

This PhD-work will have supervisors both at university and at Lantmännen. The academic part will be conducted in a research-intensive environment at the Biocenter at Ultuna campus in Uppsala. Processing part will be done at Lantmännen. The main focus for this appointment lays in the study of structure and functional properties and fractions of them.

Location: Mainly SLU Uppsala and Lantmännen Head office in Stockholm, the work will also be performed at other Lantmännen facilities.

The research project extend up to five years and you will be employed by Lantmännen. This is a full time employment where you will spend 80 % of the time on the assigned research project, and beyond this, you will get a unique insight into the business of Lantmännen as you will spend the rest of the time working there. After finishing the research project there will be an opportunity to continue your career within Lantmännen.

We are looking for an industrial PhD student with a Master of science (MSc) in Food Technology or Agriculture, or equivalent. Experience from the industry/product development and scientific research ismeriting. To be successful in the role it is required that you are fluent in English (both written and oral) and have good skills in Swedish or another Scandinavian language. As a person you are structured, driven and have a strong ability to independently conduct your work and create results. To be comfortable in the role, you cooperate easily with others, are outgoing and have a strong communicative ability. Last, but not least, you share our values - Openness, Holistic view, Drive - and our promise of taking responsibility from Field to Fork.

Please attach personal letter, resume, certified copies of MSc certificate and a list of at least two references to your application. We look forward to your application as soon as possible, but no later than 21st of November 2018.

If you have questions or want further information about the research projects, please find contact details below.

Annelie Moldin Lantmännen R&D, Phone: 0709 27 87 83, E-mail:
Maud Langton SLU Uppsala Phone: 018-671 983, E-mail:

We are looking for skilled employees who can add value to our business. We work actively to ensure that our employees can develop at our workplaces, irrespective of their sex, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or disability.




Annelie Moldin
Phone: +46 709278783