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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow - School of Chemical Engineering

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow - School of Chemical Engineering

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £39,074 basic fixed salary per annum, with additional allowances depending on circumstances, Grade 7

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed On: 4th November 2021

Closes: 3rd January 2022

Job Ref: 98521


Would you like to start your career in a European training network of leading research universities and professionals from the industry? Then you might be interested in this role/PhD position, which will enable you to join the PICKFOOD project. PICKFOOD is a top level interdisciplinary training and research programme involving 15 PhD positions across physics, physical chemistry and food science. PICKFOOD aims to create at European level a network of next generation young scientists trained in novel methodologies within Pickering emulsions research enabling the development of safe, healthy and functional foods and at the same time minimizing food waste due to lipid oxidation.

The objective of this role is to develop material science knowledge for functionalisation of food grade fats and waxes as in-situ crystallizing Pickering particles for stabilisation of submicron oil droplets allowing the future design of novel delivery systems in foods. The successful candidate will be trained on food grade Pickering emulsions, fats/waxes and liquid interface material science and includes two planned 3 months secondments at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) to evaluate the transferability of the design rules to novel processing with microfluidic devices for enhanced microstructure/droplet size control and at The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration to receive training on food safety aspects.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Conduct original research and disseminate
  • Engage with other ITN Fellows to inform research

Person Specification includes:

  • At least a 2:1 Batchelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a suitable field. A first preference is for Chemical Engineering or Food Process Engineering backgrounds.
  • The applicant shall, at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.
  • The applicant is required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of recruitment by the University of Birmingham, the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Note that the mobility rule applies to the United Kingdom where the researcher is recruited, and not to cohosting research groups in Sweden and Denmark to which the researcher is sent or seconded.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Bettina Wolf; b.wolf@bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit our careers website, please quote Job Ref 98521 in all enquiries.

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