Postdoctoral Researcher

Arbeitgeber Institute of Food Research
Standort Norwich, United Kingdom
Veröffentlicht 13. January 2015
Gültig bis 16. February 2015
Referenz 1002735


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Food and Health Programme at the Institute of Food Research.

We require a Postdoctoral Researcher with strong skills and experience in physicochemical science of food colloids and human digestion to join our team working on the role of food structure on the interplay between the host and digestion of the food in the context of healthy ageing. The overall objective of the planned research is to produce a rationale for the design of age-group specific nutrition. The study will concentrate on investigating fundamental physicochemical and biochemical aspects of the breakdown of protein-stabilised, model colloidal food structures under physiologically relevant conditions of the human gastrointestinal tract.

The post-holder will use a range of methods including protein purification and characterisation, confocal microscopy and multiple-particle tracking to study dynamic changes in the structure and microrheology of colloidal food matrices. Practical experience in protein biochemistry, colloid science/techniques and in vitro digestion models is essential, as this will form the major component of the research project. Digestibility of colloid samples will be investigated under simulated gastrointestinal conditions, so an understanding of digestive processes and basic analytical methods such as HPLC and SDS-PAGE is required. Experience in light scattering for particle sizing, bulk rheology measurements, SEM, FTIR as well as in handling biological samples will be an advantage. The post would therefore suit a talented researcher with a passion for food colloid science and the drive and enthusiasm needed to learn new skills.

The applicant should have a PhD in colloid science, food biophysics, chemistry, or a related discipline together with experience in structural analysis of food colloids and in vitro digestion models. Additionally, the applicant would be expected to have a good publication record with first-author papers in high-impact journals and must be highly motivated with the drive to succeed. The applicant must be able to design and conduct experiments, prepare and present their work at meetings, and write scientific reports and manuscripts.

Salary on appointment will be within the range £29,500 to £36,060 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. The position is available for 36 months in the first instance.

Please submit a motivation letter, your CV (including a list of publications), and names and contact information of three references. For full details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact Human Resources, NBI Partnership, Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, 01603 450149 quoting reference 1002735. As a user of the disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for this vacancy.

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