Vacancies at FOSS

Head of Research

Published: 2018-11-26

Jacob Riis Folkenberg


Head of Research  

Are you driven by an entreprenural mindset of applying new technology to solve real-life problems that others have not thought of yet? Do you have the courage to pursue ambitious technical ideas and risky goals that others may still be skeptical about? Then you may be our new Head of Research in FOSS’ R&D department.

Headquartered in Hillerød, Denmark, FOSS is an international family-owned company providing analytical equipment that helps to improve production processes and product quality in food and agricultural industries. It is a core value to FOSS, to provide solutions to the industry that are market leading, and first of their kind.


The job

As Head of Research, you are responsible for the investigation of new applications and new technologies within FOSS’ business areas.

You will head a team of 8-10 persons, consisting of engineers, physicists and chemists, that continuously conduct proof-of-principle studies to reveal the feasibility of new ideas.

You will motivate, inspire and set the directions for the team, and  scope the new ideas together with the team members and R&D management.

Many new ideas are based on FOSS’ strategic intents or customers input, but you also have the responsibility to scout new ideas on your own initiative.

After a successful proof-of-principle study, you will drive the maturation of the idea with input from collegues in business development, concept design and technology, and hand over to the product development organisation.


Your background

You hold a masters degree and probably a ph.d. in engineering,  physics or similar, and have proven results establishing and driving collaborations between private companies and academia during the past 2-4 years.

Alternatively, you have relevant experience from a start-up company or entreprenural projects in corporate environments.

Preferably, your experience is within analytical devices or equipment, or you have knowledge of state-of-the-art data analysis, e.g. machine learning or AI.


Personal skills

As a person we expect you to have:

-          An open-minded and objective approach to new ideas

-          A leadership approach based on motivation and a “can-do” attitude

-          A high persistance in generating results from your team

-          A natural interest in collaborations and establishing internal and external networks

-          Good communication skills of goals and directions


We offer

We offer an exciting job in a dynamic environment with a high professional competence level, where you have a large degree of freedom to pursue new ideas and set up your own way of working – but also a large responsibility for generating a valuable pipeline of new products for FOSS in the future.

We have an informal working culture, with focus on content and results, and where a good sense of humour is appreciated.



If you are interested in the position, please send your application via the link below. Please note that we only accept applications sent via the link. We conduct interviews on an ongoing basis, so apply as soon as possible since we are looking for a candidate who can step in soon!

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Jacob Riis Folkenberg (VP for Technology), at or +45 2761 6983.

All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and considered on the relative merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, family status, age, or religion.



FOSS is the world’s leading producer of innovative analytical instruments that monitor and control food quality. We provide solutions that improve customers’ business by running a sustainable and profitable operation while helping deliver high quality products for consumers.

We live in a world with a fast growing population and to meet the growing demand for food, the global food production will have to increase by 60 per cent by 2050. The world’s population is becoming wealthier and the global middle class is growing, which create new food demands. This means the food producers need to find smarter ways to make the best use of our valuable resources and to eliminate food waste. At FOSS, we have the know-how to help companies address these global trends and turn them into opportunities – in a way where sustainability and good business go hand in hand.

The family-owned FOSS Company was founded in 1956. FOSS headquarters are based in Hillerød, Denmark and development and production takes place in Denmark and China. FOSS products are marketed and sold through a global network of sales subsidiaries in 30 countries. FOSS employs around 1,400 highly qualified employees worldwide.

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