PhD scholarships and Postdoc positions available

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The Institute provides a challenging, yet supportive, scholastic environment for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. Our students come from institutions all over the world to be part of our world-class learning environment. The Institute has an express objective of populating industry and academia with thoroughly trained high-achieving scientists. Many of our graduates go on to top positions in industry and academia.

The Institute offers training and employment opportunities for postgraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and overseas research interns. It also runs a Visiting Fellowship programme for scientists who are leaders in their field.  Postgraduate Scholarships are for full-time study towards Masters or PhD qualifications. Internships for overseas students are for a period of three to six months

If you are interested in a position within the Riddet Institute see below for any current opportunities for employment and studentships, or contact us with your expression of interest.

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Postdoctoral Fellow – Effects of dietary components on digestion and nutrient uptake kinetics (A375-17MA)

This specific project is broadly in digestive physiology and nutrient uptake kinetics. The Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Officer will form part of a multidisciplinary team in nutrition, digestive physiology and the kinetics of nutrient uptake from food by the human body.

Main supervisor: Professor Warren McNabb, Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Other Supervisors: Professor Paul Moughan, Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

The essence of this project is to develop new understanding of the complex interactions between the structural aspects of the components of food, proteins, fats, carbohydrates etc. on their digestion. This will include the additional complexity of considering different foods when consumed as a meal. The focus of the project is to assess the effect of interactions on gut physio-chemistry, digestion and absorption kinetics.

Techniques such as isotopic labelling, in vitro/ex vivo digestion and fermentation models, a gut-cannulated, blood-vessel-catheterised pig model and human nutritional trials will be used to study the effects of dietary components on stomach and intestinal digesta properties, transit times, nutrient uptake, the kinetics of nutrient uptake, endogenous protein flows, digesta mucin production, enzyme activities, plasma metabolites and satiety-related plasma hormones.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in nutrition, digestive physiology or related disciplines with preference given to someone with expertise in digestive physiology and the kinetics of nutrient uptake.

The salary will depend on experience but will be in the range for Postdoctoral Fellows at Massey University, with appointment for a term of two years.

Applicants please send your CV including a statement of your research interests and goals and at least two referees, plus your university transcripts when uploading your application to the following website: http://jobs.massey.ac.nz

 

Postdoctoral Fellow – Future foods and ingredients with novel functionality (A374-17JK)

This specific project is broadly in Future foods and ingredients with novel functionality.

Main Supervisor: Professor Harjinder Singh, Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Other Supervisors: Professor Manohar Garg, Professor Paul Moughan, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

The Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Officer will form part of a multidisciplinary team investigating how food structures with predetermined digestive behaviours can be assembled into food systems that are able to deliver the required in-body functionality.

The essence of this project is to synthesise existing knowledge on food structures and nutrient delivery and develop new structured food ingredients and products that could be used by the food industry.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in food science and technology, food engineering, product development or related disciplines with preference given to someone with expertise in formulations, industrial product development and food functionality.

Applicants without a PhD degree but with considerable industry experience in product development/innovation will also be considered.

The salary will depend on experience but will be in the range for Postdoctoral Fellows at Massey University, with appointment for a term of two years.

Applicants please send your CV including a statement of your research interests and goals and at least two referees, plus your university transcripts when uploading your application to the following website: http://jobs.massey.ac.nz

 

Postdoctoral Fellow – Modelling physical processes underlying digestion (A373-17JK)

This project is specifically around modelling the physical processes that underpin digestion of food broadly in modelling digestive processes.

Main Supervisor: Professor R. Paul Singh, Riddet Institute, University of California Davis, California, USA

Other Supervisors: Harjinder Singh, Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand and Dr Gail Bornhorst, Riddet Institute, University of California Davis, California, USA.

The Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Officer will form part of a multidisciplinary team in the empirical modelling of the breakdown of food in the gastrointestinal tract with research being undertaken at the Riddet Institute in Palmerston North, New Zealand and at the University of California Davis, USA.

The essence of this project will build on existing work to develop more advanced mechanical stomach and intestine simulators to dynamically mimic the physio-chemical actions of the human stomach and intestines. These simulators will be validated against in vivo data and utilised to characterise the digestive properties associated with different dietary conditions.

Advanced computational models of food particle breakdown will also be developed using information from mechanical simulators. Model development will utilise finite element, lattice Boltzmann and smooth particle hydrodynamic approaches to develop a rigorous understanding of the mechanical stresses to which complex and realistic food digesta systems are exposed.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in food, chemical or mechanical engineering or related disciplines with preference given to someone with expertise in computational modelling, equipment and process design engineering. Appointment will be for a 2 year term.

Applicants please send your CV including a statement of your research interests and goals and at least two referees, plus your university transcripts when uploading your application to the following website: http://jobs.massey.ac.nz.

 

For more information on all Postdoctoral Fellowship positions, please see the website here: http://massey-careers.massey.ac.nz/Positions.aspx?rg=3&pt=1. Any email enquiries regarding the position can be sent to W.McNabb@massey.ac.nz. The application deadline will be 7 January 2018 at 11:45pm NZT.