Vacancy: Scientific co-worker / PhD student FSF

(05-03-2021) FSF is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientific co-worker / PhD student in the framework of an FWO project entitled ‘Investigating the role of fat crystal networks in the oral processing behavior of fat-continuous dispersions’.

Scientific co-worker / PhD student

 The Food Structure & Function Research Group (FSF), headed by Prof. dr. ir. Koen Dewettinck, is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientific co-worker / PhD student in the framework of an FWO project entitled ‘Investigating the role of fat crystal networks in the oral processing behavior of fat-continuous dispersions’. The overall research objective is to better understand the relation between the nature of the fat crystal networks in dispersions, i.e. suspensions and w/o-emulsions, and in-mouth processing of these complex food systems. The innovative character of this research proposal is based on three pillars, namely (1) combining instrumental tools and human senses to quantify in-mouth processing parameters related to mouthfeel and aroma release, (2) investigating fat crystallization in dispersions at different length scales and (3) relating the structural properties of the dispersions to their sensory characteristics during oral processing. Insights in this relationship should provide new concepts to produce high-quality food products with an improved nutritional profile.

What we are looking for?

  • She/he has or is about to have a university degree of MSc in Bioengineering Sciences or equivalent, with a vast knowledge of and interest in food technology, sensory, food physics and/or food physical chemistry. Preferably, she/he has experience in analytical approaches to study nano, micro, meso and/or macroscopic properties of fat containing foods.
  • Important additional qualifications are sense of initiative, team spirit, sense of responsibility, motivation and dynamism, persistence, and good communication and reporting skills.
  • Good English linguistic skills are required.

 

What can we offer you?

  • A position as researcher for a 3-year period.
  • A creative, dynamic and international working atmosphere.
  • Interesting work field with many perspectives for a future career.

 

Interested?

If you are interested, please take contact with and send your curriculum vitae to ir. Davy Van de Walle (davy.vandewalle@ugent.be) before April 18th 2021.