Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the group of Professor Alan Mackie in the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds.
Fixed Term for 36 Months from 12 November 2016.
Main duties and Responsibilities
Design and conduct studies creating novel colloidal structures and simulating their
behaviour in the gastrointestinal tract.
Develop new or non-standard techniques for product of novel food structures and
their analysis in conjunction with other members of the research group.
Work under the direction of the principal investigator and under your own
initiative in the delivery of the stated team objectives.
Communicate and interact productively with the project leader, other members of
the group and collaborators in the university and around the world. (e.g.
members of the Infogest Network or other members of the department).
Organise and plan experiments as directed.
Maintain well organised records of data and research outcomes.
Make a significant contribution to the dissemination of research results by
presentation at conferences as appropriate and play a leading role in the
preparation of manuscripts for publication.
Prepare regular written reports describing the progress of the research, and
present research results at regular group/project meetings.
Assist in providing advice and training to other members of the project supervisors’
Interact and work with other staff in the research group, assist in the supervision
of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Ensure satisfactory compliance in your work with respect to safety etc.
Any other duties in relation to the research activities of the School, as directed by
the Principal Investigator of the research project, commensurate with the grade.
The appointee will also be encouraged to participate in relevant courses for further
training and to be involved in applications for further research funding.
A Ph.D. degree in a relevant science subject and considerable practical
experience of the relevant food biochemistry
Considerable experience in the structural characterisation of food systems
(rheology, microscopy, etc)
A good understanding of the basic principles of human digestion
A good understanding of the fundamentals of food colloids science and
experience in their application
Excellent data analysis and interpretation skills
Publication record in high quality, peer reviewed journals
Proof of independence as a researcher, for example, evidence of leadership
of a peer-reviewed publication, a successful application for research funding,
or generation of a successful research proposal
Demonstrable ability to prepare concise written reports and to communicate
clearly in writing
Ability to work with scientists from other disciplines.
Experience of working with limited supervision and of giving supervision to
Ability to work as a member of a team and to work efficiently and effectively
and to meet dead-lines and targets