Postdoctoral Research Assistant Position in Food Science – University of Reading

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Position in Food Science - University of Reading

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Position in Food Science – University of Reading

The application closes on the 6th May 2022

Do you have expertise in food science and technology and would want to apply it to the food system to make a positive change? Great! The University of Reading – Food and Nutritional Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Food Science.

About the University of Reading

The University of Reading is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research, and enterprise.

We deliver a world-class student experience and research-led teaching, and our graduate employability record is excellent. The number of our students going on to higher level study is well above the national average.

The University continues to evolve, reflecting an ever-changing world, which drives the development of our areas of research excellence and strength. We are leading the way in multidisciplinary work in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, housed in a new £17 million centre, for example.

We are committed to maintaining a supportive, challenging, and high-quality experience for students and staff alike and to preserving the heritage and beauty of some of the most beautiful university campuses in the UK.

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The Project Description

The FoodSEqual project is part of the UK Transforming Food Systems initiative. It focuses on providing UK citizens of socio-culturally diverse disadvantaged communities with choice and agency over the food they consume. Our vision is to achieve this by co-developing new products, new supply chains, and new policy frameworks that deliver an affordable, attractive, healthy & sustainable diet. The project is led by the University of Reading, collaborating with Cranfield University, and the Universities of Kent, Plymouth, and Sussex. The project has both nutritional and environmental goals; aiming to identify and implement innovation within the food system that will deliver improved nutritional public health and wellbeing for citizens from disadvantaged communities with enhanced environmental sustainability.


Postdoctoral Research Assistant Position in Food Science – University of Reading: What we expect

  • This postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for translating the co-created product briefs developed in an earlier stage of the project into concept products. This will require the researcher to develop a pilot-scale process for the production of the products.
  • They will need to consider the selection of raw materials and processing technology to ensure the best use of resources while ensuring product safety, nutritional value, and community expectations.
  • The researcher will be responsible for managing and manufacturing the concept samples potentially in conjunction with industrial partners. These samples will be used by the sensory and consumer science team in the project to carry out consumer assessment and evaluation.

The role is offered on a full-time basis for a fixed-term period of up to 30 months.

Location: Reading

Salary: £31,406 to £35,326 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract 

Job Ref: SRF40682

Eligibility Requirements

Interested applicants must have:

  • A Ph.D. in an appropriate area related to food science
  • The skills and knowledge to develop and reformulate food products
  • The skills and knowledge to lead on pilot plant manufacture of concept products
  • Expertise in characterising food product shelf life, chemical, and physical properties.
  • Excellent skills in data management and statistics
  • Strong project management
  • Knowledge of food safety
  • Experience in working with a large and diverse range of partners
  • Experience in writing research papers

Interview date: 19 May 2022

Informal contact details
Contact name: Professor Colette Fagan
Contact phone:0118 3785363
Contact email: [email protected]

Alternative informal contact details

Contact name: Professor Lisa Methven
Contact phone: 0118 3788714
Contact email: [email protected]

Additionally, applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points required under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.



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