Research Laboratory Assistant for R&D project on food packaging International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal

Ref.17.07.143 - Research Laboratory Assistant for R&D project on food packaging

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Job Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 30 months

Department: Life Sciences

Research Unit: Food Processing

Closing Date: October 18th2017, 23h00m Lisbon Time

Salary: Competitive package and benefits




INL is seeking aResearch Laboratory Assistant for R&D project on food packaging, with a scientific background in Polymer Science or related areas, to work on the development of biodegradable active packaging systems for food applications.


Job Role & Key Responsibilities


As a Research Laboratory Assistant for R&D project on food packaging you will take on a key role within the following responsibilities:

  • Characterization, and functional evaluation food packaging purposes;
  • Development and characterization of active nanoparticles loaded with bioactive compounds. These particles will be based on biodegradable polymers used as food active packaging materials.
  • Perform analytical tasks, designing and performing experiments, data analysis and writing reports and scientific papers.


Job Requirements


Applicants should meet the following requirements:


  • Master degree in Polymer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biological Engineering or related areas;
  • Demonstrated research track record in the field of food packaging.
  • Strong experience in some of these fields: synthesis and characterization of polymeric nanoparticles; TEM, SEM, XRD; characterization of biopolymers; evaluation of bioactive compounds activity; knowledge of physical and chemical characterisation techniques (DLS, liquid chromatography, circular dichroism); migration tests in food packaging.


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.




  • English is the working language of INL. Upper advance level in oral and written English is required.
  • Working knowledge of another language is an advantage.


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.


Enquires should be made to:

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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