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PhD Scholarship - AgResearch

  • Full or part time
    Dr S Loveday
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Palmerston North, New Zealand

Exciting PhD opportunity in Biofunctional Dairy Foods

This is your opportunity to win a three-year PhD scholarship available through Massey University to explore processing-biofunctionality relationships with milks from different ruminant species as part of the New Zealand Milks Mean More (NZ3M) programme.

As an enthusiastic and innovative PhD candidate you will join the New Zealand Milks Mean More programme, which is a 5-year government-funded collaboration between AgResearch, Riddet Institute and Massey University. You will explore how the microstructure and bio-functionality of bovine and non-bovine milks are affected by food processing. In coordination with other team members working on in vitro simulated digestion and clinical/preclinical trials, you will build processing parameter maps and use these to envision and validate novel processes for preserving and enhancing identified biofunctionalities in bovine and non-bovine milks. Ultimately you will translate findings into prototype health-enhancing consumer products.

Key laboratory techniques are likely to be microscopy (confocal laser scanning, Raman and electron microscopy), differential scanning calorimetry, rheometry and spectroscopy.

The project would suit a food scientist, chemical engineer or physical chemist with strong lab skills and preferably experience in a pilot plant environment. The scholarship is available immediately and the starting date is negotiable. Please note the successful candidate must have a first-class honours Bachelor’s degree with a thesis component, or a Master’s degree by thesis.

If this sounds like you, apply today via with a covering letter detailing why you would be suitable for this studentship, and include a full Curriculum vitae (Resumé), with academic transcripts and referee contact details.

For a confidential discussion please contact Dr. Simon Loveday +64 6 351 8615

Applications will close on the 29th of November 2019.

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