PhD Studentship: How can the structure and physical chemistry of dietary fibre help make healthier foods (WILDE_Q17CASEC)
Agriculture, Food and Veterinary,Food Science,Biological Sciences,Biochemistry,Physical and Environmental Sciences,Chemistry
Short info about job
Company: University of East Anglia
Department: School of Biological Sciences
Hours: Full Time
Type / Role: PhD
Phone: +44-1269 3480987
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Detail information about job PhD Studentship: How can the structure and physical chemistry of dietary fibre help make healthier foods (WILDE_Q17CASEC). Terms and conditions vacancy
Start Date: 01 Jan 2018
No. of positions available: 1
Supervisor: Prof Pete Wilde
Project description: This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and creative student with a background in chemistry, biochemistry or food science. You will be joining a dynamic and multidisciplinary team investigating the physical chemistry of carbohydrate structure and its functional behaviour in the digestive tract.
Indigestible carbohydrates (dietary fibres) benefit health, by e.g. reducing cholesterol levels and maintaining healthy gut function. However, the physico-chemical mechanisms underlying these effects are not clear. Dietary fibres exist in many molecular forms, and we want to determine how these varied forms behave during digestion. The student will use a range of in vitro digestion models and other physical and chemical methods to discover how the physical chemistry of these complex carbohydrates can influence digestive processes. This research would help improve dietary advice and the design of healthier foods.
This project is part of a BBSRC-funded partnership between Mondelez International (a major food manufacturer), the Norwich Research Park, and the KTN. The student would be based at the Quadram Institute Bioscience (formerly, Institute of Food Research) and spend at least three months at Mondelez International understanding how academic research is translated into a commercial environment. The research will therefore be directly translated into the design of novel, healthy foods.
The student would receive training in the biochemistry of digestion, in vitro digestion methods and a wide range of physico-chemical and analytical methods. The successful applicant will benefit from the combined expertise of research groups at Quadram and Mondelez, as well as a range of other training opportunities, making this project the perfect springboard for a future scientific career.
Person specification: Minimum 2:1 in Applicants should have a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, food science or related discipline, skills in physical and chemical sciences, ideally applied to carbohydrates and demonstrate an interest in applying their research to the area of diet and health.
Funding notes: Funding for this four year BBSRC and industrially co-funded studentship PhD studentship is available to UK and EU nationals who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further details on eligibility for funding can be found on the BBSRC website: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf/
The studentship offers a stipend of £15,553 per annum (2017/8 BBSRC rate plus CASE enhancement), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.
For further information, please visit https://students.quadram.ac.uk/how-to-apply/