Early Stage Researcher Position on Food Authentication in Marie Curie Initial training Network PIMMS__
RIKILT Wageningen UR
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RIKILT Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands (WUR) offers a fellowship from January 2013 onwards for 36 months to work in the field of food authentication as part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Proton Ionisation Molecular Mass Spectrometry (PIMMS) funded by the European Commission. There is some flexibility on the starting date.
The ITN PIMMS is a multidisciplinary and intersectoral analytical chemistry ITN with the objective to train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ERS) within a collaborative academic and commercial challenging analytical research network involving 12 full-partners and four associate partners, and with the aim of delivering research through five interlinking themes: Fundamental Research and Development; Food Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, and Homeland Security. The research training is focused on the conduct of internationally leading analytical research projects which, whilst centred upon the development and adoption of Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) as an analytical tool, will provide training across a wide variety of analytical technologies that are complementary to PTR-MS, thereby providing a broad interdisciplinary and intersectoral experience in analytical chemistry.
The main objective of the project at RIKILT WUR is to explore selectivity and sensitivity of proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry for food authentication issues in relation to corporate social responsibility. The ESR may be able to register for a PhD at the WUR (depending on approval of the university) and will have the opportunity to undertake training and experiments at other sites within the EU Training Network. An internship of 6 months at the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) Research and Innovation Centre (CRI) in San Michele a/A, Trento, Italy for training/application of PTR-TOFMS is part of the position.
RIKILT WUR is a research institute on food safety and quality. Food authentication is one of the rapid developing areas at RIKILT. Over the last few years, the research topics have moved towards more complex authentication issues, such as profiling of food products in view of ingredient authentication (e.g. N-replacers in dairy, oil/fat adulteration), food processing (thawed vs. fresh meat), geographical origin verification of foods, confirmation of production methods (e.g. organic, sustainable, halal, animal welfare regimes, and typicality assessments (artisanal or specialty foods). For this type of research advanced analytical techniques are applied, such as LC(-MS), GC(-MS), fluorescence spectroscopy, NIRS, PTR-MS, NMR, ICP-MS, IR-MS. SELDI-TOFMS and other state-of-the are instruments of RIKILT, often in combination with multivariate statistics.
Eligible applicants for this Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must be in possession of a Master degree in the field of food science, analytical chemistry, or any other related fields. It is required that the degree has been acquired not more than 4 years earlier to the envisaged starting date. Applicants should have good knowledge of English, as the successful candidate will be asked to submit project reports in English.
The Post is offered in the context of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network and transnational mobility is a key element of eligibility. As such, applications will only be accepted from candidates who have spent less than 12 months in the Netherlands within the last three years. Candidates’ eligibility for the post is determined by Marie Curie terms and conditions.
The ESR fellow will be employed according to the regulations of the Marie Curie Initial Network and the employment conditions of WUR. This post is full time and fixed-term. For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/understanding/marie-curieinbrief/home_en.html
Applicants should provide an up-to-date CV and letter of motivation, together with the names of three scientific referees, which should be submitted through the webpage: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies.htm before 15th November 2012.
Informal enquiries can be directed to: Prof. Dr. Ir. Saskia van Ruth, e-mail: saskia.vanruth at wur.nl, tel: +31-317-480250
Please make sure that you check the eligibility and mobility criteria of the Marie Curie Research Training Networks before you apply to ensure that you are eligible.
Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated