Research Fellow – R&D project on food processing International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal

Ref.07.17.134 - Research Fellow – R&D Project on Food Processing

Employer: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Research field: Life Sciences
Job Type: Full time
Contract Duration: 36 months
Closing Date: August 21st, 2017 23:00 (Lisbon time)
Salary: Competitive package and benefits




INL is seeking a qualified, self-motivated Junior Fellow to work on a R&D project in collaboration with other Research Institutions for the development of functional food ingredients from food wastes for food analysis at the Department of Health, Food and Environment.


Job Role & Key Responsibilities

As a Junior Fellow in the Food Processing research team you will take on a key role within the development of new encapsulation systems to enhance bioactivity and improve the bioavailability of functional food ingredients.

The Junior Fellow will develop micro and nano encapsulation devices based on food grade biopolymers using different technologies, among others: coacervation, vibrational spray-dryer, electrospray or microfluidics.

The successful candidate will work in in the development of new packaging systems as well as study how the nanostructure of food ingredients affects the properties of supramolecular and macroscopic food structures in relation to the hedonic characteristics of food and its functional properties and health benefits


Job Requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • PhD in Biotechnology, Food Science and Technology or related area;
  • Experience in some of the following areas: production/extraction of food grade bioactive compounds or biopolymers, micro and nanoencapsulation, assessment of in vitro bioactivity (e.g. antioxidant, antihypertensive or antimicrobial) and physical and chemical characterization techniques (Z-sizer, size exclusion chromatography, rheology);
  • Experience in the supervision (or co-supervision) of post-graduate students (e.g. MSc).


Personal Skills

  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment, with the ability to pay close attention to detail and to meet deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in the dissemination of results to the scientific community are expected;
  • Capable of establishing collaborative ties with distinguished academic groups and relevant industry partners;
  • Fluency in English.



  • English is the working language of INL. Therefore, excellent communication skills in English are required.


What we offer

  • Employment contract and competitive compensation package;
  • Employees will also benefit of the various social facilities available at INL;
  • International and highly competitive environment in contact with leading edge technology.


How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply. Only applications in English will be accepted. The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply' button;

Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter, a full curriculum vitae and University certificates. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Employment Agreement

If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment, you will receive the employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by the HR Office.


If Your Application is Not Successful

We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

 INL is an equal opportunity organisation, committed to providing equal career opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issues.

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The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.

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