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Welcome to the working group Young Food Chemists (AG JLC)

We are a working group of the Food Chemical Society (LChG), a division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). We represent food chemistry students and doctoral candidates at German universities, food chemists in their practical year as well as those starting their careers.

We aim to support the interests of young researchers, to encourage communication between universities and to make the profession of food chemists better known. Many companies are looking for employees who have precisely the skills of a food chemist, but are not aware that the degree program exists or do not know it well enough - we want to change that!

In order to achieve our goals, we are constantly expanding our established information network and try to encourage as many students as possible to actively participate in the AG JLC/LChG/GDCh. The regional groups meet once a month, while national meetings take place twice a year.

SALARY SURVEY IS IT A GOOD OFFER OR ARE YOU BEING RIPPED OFF?

What is the usual starting salary of a food chemist? And how much is it influenced by degree, sector or location? Many graduates face these questions at the beginning of their career. The customary salary surveys are often not helpful, as the qualifications you have after studying food chemistry are quite different from other chemistry study programmes. In order to solve this problem, we have already conducted two surveys ourselves with exceptionally large participation. After the first survey was conducted in 2014, we were able to present an updated and even more detailed data set in 2020, incorporating suggestions for improvement.

RESULTS OF THE AG JLC SALARY SURVEY FROM 2020/2021
POSTER OF THE AG JLC SALARY SURVEY FROM 2020/2021

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FOOD CHEMISTRY YOU WANT TO STUDY FOOD CHEMISTRY?

Food chemists are experts when it comes to the ingredients, analysis and legal assessment of food, consumer goods and cosmetics. Food chemists work in similarly diverse fields as chemists.

FOR STUDENTS DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON? WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

As the study programme is regulated by the state Training Program and Examination Regulations of the individual federal states, there are some differences from one university to the next. Our study guide will tell you more!

AFTER GRADUATING PJ, PHD OR STARTING A CAREER

To help you to get off to a good start after graduating, we collected a few tips and some information for you. No matter whether you decide to start working directly or continue your studies with a PJ or PhD – we are here to help you!

PJ-Umfrage 2020 (German only)

ABOUT US THE LARGEST AND YOUNGEST WORKING GROUP OF LCHG

AG JLC is a voluntary working group which represents young food chemists and their interests in all educational and professional aspects and which offers them a possibility to network outside of their university.

Our organisation has been growing steadily since 1996 and has now around 250 members at 15 locations. No matter if you are studying, doing your PJ or your doctoral studies – anyone can join the Young Food Chemists. Even after starting your career, you can still stay a member for up to three years. You will get to know lots of new people outside your university and also gain access to our established information network.

To mark our 20th anniversary, we have published a chronic. Have a look!

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Recent events Past events, have a look!

AG JLC offers many interesting events, whether regionally or nationally. Excursions to local companies to give you an insight into the industry beyond your studies, information evenings on all stages of the training as well as on starting a career, but also meetings with working groups from other universities for networking and exchange.

Workshop

der AG JLC Karlsruhe

Wie lässt sich ein nachhaltiger Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen im Laboralltag realisieren? Mit dieser Frage haben sich Mitglieder der AG Junge Lebensmittelchemie Karlsruhe im Rahmen eines Online-Workshops zum Thema „Green Lab“ beschäftigt.

Promotionsinfoabend

Die AG Bonn organisierte eine Zoom-Infoveranstaltung rund ums Thema Promovieren mit zahlreichen Referenten & Referentinnen verschiedenster Werdegänge.

Berufsbilderabend

der AG Halle

Am 06.05.2021 veranstaltete die AG JLC Halle einen Berufsbilderabend. Dabei wurde die alltägliche Arbeit von Produktentwickler:innen, Promovierenden, Verbraucherschützer:innen, Gerichtsmediziner:innen sowie Mitarbeitenden im Überwachungsamt vorgestellt.

Berufsinformationsabend

Digital in München

Am 13. Und 21. April 2021 veranstaltete die AG JLC München gemeinsam mit der ACS zwei Infoabende über das Berufsfeld der Lebensmittelchemie via Online-Konferenz. Hier erzählten sieben Berufseinsteiger:innen über ihren Weg in den Beruf, wie sich ihr Arbeitsleben entwickelt hat und was ihre aktuellen Tätigkeiten sind.

Online-Exkursion zum BKA Wiesbaden

Die Mitglieder der AG Junge Lebensmittelchemie München, sowie Studierende und Promovierende der Lebensmittelchemie an der TUM hatten am 8. April 2021 die Möglichkeit die verschiedenen Aufgabengebiete des Kriminaltechnischen Institutes (KT) des Bundeskriminalamtes (BKA) Wiesbaden digital kennen zu lernen.

Oster-Pub-Quiz

der AG Hamburg

Zu Beginn des Sommersemesters veranstaltete die AG Hamburg ihr drittes Online-Pub-Quiz und durfte diesmal auch einige Teilnehmende von anderen Standorten virtuell begrüßen.

51st national meeting of the AG JLC

On the weekend of 12-14 March 2021, the now 51st nationwide meeting of the AG JLC once again took place in a digital setting. Unfortunately, we were not able to get to know the city of Gießen and the institute of food chemistry in person, but the AG Gießen came up with an amazing program to make even a digital meeting as varied as possible.

PJ-Infoabend

der AG Münster

Am 27.01.2021 veranstaltete die AG JLC Münster einen digitalen PJ („Praktisches Jahr“) -Info-Abend, bei dem sechs ehemalige Studierende der Lebensmittelchemie der WWU von ihren Erfahrungen an den unterschiedlichen Einsatzstellen in NRW berichteten.

Infoabend zum PJ in Baden-Württemberg

der AG JLC Karlsruhe und Stuttgart

Der virtuelle Infoabend zum Thema „PJ in Baden-Württemberg“ am 26.01.21 war ein voller Erfolg.

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