PhD position: Understanding micro-structure of plant protein based gels

PhD position: Understanding micro-structure of plant protein based gels

Published Deadline Location
5 Jun 26 Jun Wageningen

Job description

Are you a talented aspiring researcher interested in integrating physics with food technology? Would you like to contribute to the sustainable protein transition while working with state-of-the-art techniques? We’re looking for a PhD candidate who is keen to explore the intricate dynamics of microstructure formation in plant protein gels, and to use this understanding to design microstructural characteristics that bear relevancy to sensory perception.

As a PhD candidate, you will work on cutting-edge research to uncover how the distribution of components at the molecular scale affects the microstructure of plant protein gels. You will investigate the formation dynamics and mechanisms of the mesostructure, utilizing a combination of experimental and computational techniques. This research aims to elucidate the relationship between ingredient inhomogeneities and the resulting microstructure, providing insights that are essential for optimizing the texture and functionality of plant-based foods.

This study is part of a larger project which aims to identify which characteristics – from the molecular scale through to the mesostructure – affect sensory relevant properties. You will collaborate with other project members to complete the chain from molecule to sensory experience. Together you will help in formulating practically relevant ingredient-microstructure-function relations, which are crucial to meet the growing demand for sustainable and nutritious food options.

You will work here
The research is embedded within the chair Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods which is led by Prof. Erik van der Linden. You will be co-supervised by Dr. Leonard Sagis, Dr. Paul Venema and Dr. Jasper Landman.

Specifications

Wageningen University & Research

Requirements

For this project, we are looking for a highly motivated and skilled PhD candidate with a recent university MSc degree (or equivalent) in food technology, soft matter physics, and/or physical chemistry. Specific requirements are:
  • a clear affinity for the field of food technology;
  • strong analytical skills;
  • good programming and image analysis skills (e.g., Python);
  • a team player with excellent communication skills;
  • proficiency in English (both oral and written).

For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.770 - per month rising to € 3.539,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 19th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

Because we expect you to work and live in the Netherlands our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. We can assist you with any additional advice and information about for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling.

Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch the video below to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jasper Landman, assistant professor, via telephone: +31 317 485515 or by e-mail: jasper.landman@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, corporate recruiter, by e-mail: rutger.voorrips@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 26 June 2024. We hope to schedule the first job interviews shortly after the closing date.

Additional information form
For this position, you must fill in a mandatory form which will allow us to have a comprehensive view of your qualifications and better assess your fit for it. You can access the form using THIS LINK.

Your prompt response will ensure that your application continues to move forward in the evaluation process. We assure you that the information provided will be kept confidential and used solely for this application process.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Food
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • P1537580-1

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

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Droevendaalsesteeg, 6708 PB, Wageningen

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Application procedure

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jasper Landman, assistant professor, via telephone: +31 317 485515 or by e-mail: jasper.landman@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, corporate recruiter, by e-mail: rutger.voorrips@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 26 June 2024. We hope to schedule the first job interviews shortly after the closing date.

Additional information form
For this position, you must fill in a mandatory form which will allow us to have a comprehensive view of your qualifications and better assess your fit for it. You can access the form using THIS LINK.

Your prompt response will ensure that your application continues to move forward in the evaluation process. We assure you that the information provided will be kept confidential and used solely for this application process.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Application procedure

Application procedure

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jasper Landman, assistant professor, via telephone: +31 317 485515 or by e-mail: jasper.landman@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, corporate recruiter, by e-mail: rutger.voorrips@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 26 June 2024. We hope to schedule the first job interviews shortly after the closing date.

Additional information form
For this position, you must fill in a mandatory form which will allow us to have a comprehensive view of your qualifications and better assess your fit for it. You can access the form using THIS LINK.

Your prompt response will ensure that your application continues to move forward in the evaluation process. We assure you that the information provided will be kept confidential and used solely for this application process.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Make sure to apply no later than 26 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).