Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Engineering Plant-based Foods

School of Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent reputation, built over many decades at The University of Queensland.

We deliver quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. Undergraduate teaching within the School focuses on the disciplines of chemical, biological, environmental and metallurgical engineering and postgraduate programs are available in growing fields including water, sustainable energy and petroleum engineering.

About This Opportunity

The School of Chemical Engineering is seeking a full-time, highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to undertake ground-breaking research.

The race for animal-free, ethically-produced food alternatives is at the heart of changing consumer values and is driving the next generation of food companies to pioneer new plant-based innovations. We are collaborating with Motif FoodWorks (Boston, USA) to help them unravel the secrets of food and find ways to maintain taste and texture while achieving better nutrition, accessibility and sustainability.

The successful applicant will investigate;

  • the structure, mechanics, oral processing, digestion and sensory perception of plant-based and animal-free meat analogues.
  • major points of differences between meat and their plant based analogues, and the physical and structural basis for these differences and ways to measure them. 
  • levers in product design and optimisation to more closely mimic meat using plant-based ingredients, whilst also considering health, sustainability and consumer experience. 

The project is led by Professor Jason Stokes in the School of Chemical Engineering in collaboration with Dr Heather Smyth in the Centre of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), which is a research institute of The University of Queensland.  The partnership with Dr Stefan Baier at Motif FoodWorks should ensure outputs from the research both significantly advance the knowledge base in plant-based foods and is translatable towards new innovations for the development of sustainable food solutions. 

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate is expected to show creativity, independence, self-motivation, as well as leadership and management skills to ensure the success of the project he/she is associated with and to meet project milestones.

You will have the following skillset:

  • PhD (or progress towards) in Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Food Engineering, or Food Science or a related field.
  • Rich knowledge in rheology, meat and protein science, food chemistry, food structure, or sensory sciences.
  • Experience in characterising structure and/or mechanical properties of complex food materials
  • Ability to fabricate food products
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, while taking the leading role in a specific project

What We Can Offer

This is full-time, fixed term position at an Academic Level A/B classification (based on qualifications/experience of the successful applicant) for a two year appointment. There is a possibility of extension for an additional year depending on funding.

The base salary will be in the range of;

Level A - $67,542.89-$90,982.26

Level B- $95,771.32-$113,728.12

plus super of up to 17% and recreation leave loading of 17.5%.

Want to Apply

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  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria
  • Resume

Applications Close 

13 December, 2019, 11:55pm (AEST) 

19/11/2019 $0 Brisbane 1 Engineering
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