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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Food and Sensory Science
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF36608

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 15/10/2021

Job live date: 13/09/2021

Salary: £30,942 - £33,797 per annum

Employment type: PM-Other Related

Department: School of Chemistry Food & Pharmacy

Division: Food and Nutritional Sciences

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, fixed-term

Do you have expertise in food and sensory science that you want to apply to the development of novel omega-3 food products?

The BBSRC funded project ‘Derisking the commercial opportunities associated with novel omega-3 foodstuffs’. This 2-year project is led by Rothamsted Research, collaborating with University of Reading and University of Southampton.

Omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA are important for human development and health. EPA and DHA are obtained from the diet by eating fatty fish or taking fish oil supplements. However, most people consume much less than the recommended amount. The main barriers that limit the effectiveness of the recommendations are dietary choices that exclude animal products, concerns about contamination with environmental pollutants and the high cost of oily fish or fish oil supplements. Moreover, marine fish stocks are declining. Therefore, there is a need to find a sustainable source that can provide enough EPA and DHA to meet the needs for these healthy fats. A seed oil derived from a genetically modified variety of the seed oil plant Camelina sativa, which has been developed by Rothamsted Research, contains similar amounts of EPA and DHA to fish oils.

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for developing a range of widely consumed products fortified with Camelina seed oil to determine their suitability for fortification. They will also be responsible for testing candidate foods for consumer acceptability, primarily taste and texture, and stability compared to current commercial products.

This role is offered on a full-time basis for up to two years. 

You will have:

  • A PhD in an appropriate area related to food and sensory sciences
  • The skills and knowledge required to carry out a diverse range of activities within food product development
  • The skills and knowledge to work within in a food processing pilot plant environment according to good manufacturing practice
  • The skills and knowledge to design and lead sensory and consumer science evaluation trials
  • Excellent skills in data management and statistics
  • Strong project management
  • Experience in working within multidisciplinary project with a wide range of partners
  • Experience of writing research papers

Interview date: 25th October 2021

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Colette Fagan

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Lisa Methven

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0118 3785363

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0118 3788714

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​​​​​​​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 requirement 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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