Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Food Mycology

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Cranfield, United Kingdom
£30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Nov 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 17, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 14 months
Salary £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 17/12/2019

Role Description

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) in Food Mycology

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.  Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our University, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term. Within the School, the Applied Mycology Group is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in specialised areas of the application of fungal technology in the food, environment and health sectors.

The group has pioneered the development of experimental and modelling approaches to understand the relationship between environmental factors on the germination, growth and inhibition of key food spoilage fungi and mycotoxigenic species in a wide range of staple commodities. The group is now leading international research in the area of mycotoxigenic fungi and climate change. This in depth understanding of the molecular ecology and ecophysiology of key mycotoxigenic fungi is being utilised for the development of minimisation and prevention strategies for mycotoxins.

This new job post is specifically required to develop a recently awarded project funded by Innovate UK entitled: ‘NutriNuts: Mitigation of aflatoxins occurrence in Ethiopian peanuts used in therapeutic food products to reduce malnutrition in Africa’.

 The NutriNuts project aims to mitigate aflatoxins (Type 1A carcinogens for humans) occurrence in Ethiopian peanuts used in therapeutic food products to reduce malnutrition in Africa.  The main aim is to secure the Ethiopian peanut food chain against high contamination with aflatoxin and hence reduce the health risk.

We are looking for an individual with a PhD (obtained or near to completion) in Food Science, Agronomy or related discipline and with experience in working with fungal plant pathogens specially mycotoxigenic fungi. As well as this, you with excellent analytical expertise and knowledge in molecular ecophysiology of mycotoxigenic fungi.

If you are an enthusiastic team player willing to work on transformational research that might change the life of many people, are willing to work with developing countries and are passionate about the problems that mycotoxins generate for rural farmers in many places of the world, this is the role you have been waiting for.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Angel Medina Vaya, Senior Lecturer in Food Mycology, on (T); +44 (0)1234 75 5054 or (E);

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.

Please note, this project will involve working with peanuts and so we ask that you please take this into account if you have any allergies.

Closing date for receipt of applications:   17 December 2019
Interviews to be held:                            07 January 2020

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