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Research Fellow / Engineer, Protein Extraction

As a University of Applied Learning, SIT works closely with industry in our research pursuits. Our research staff will have the opportunity to be equipped with applied research skill sets that are relevant to industry demands while working on research projects in SIT. 

The primary responsibility of this role is to deliver on an industry innovation research project where you will be part of the research team to develop/produce/investigate extraction and fractionation of mung bean/rice/spent barley proteins for improved functionality, generate process data for future life-cycle analysis to understand the extraction processes’ impact on sustainability.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in and manage the research project with Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI and the research team members to ensure all project deliverables are met.
  • Undertake these responsibilities in the project:
    1. Lead and support high quality publications to disseminate the applied research outcomes.
    2. Plan, organize and carry out experiments and trials in the food pilot plant and chemical labs to achieve the objectives
    3. Manage and complete the project by presenting the findings in conferences or meetings with industrial collaborator, submitting timely data & documents, and purchase chemicals or consumables.
    4. Consolidate the data in order to generate sufficient scientific evidence for meetings slides and report in conferences.
    5. Engage and communicate with industry collaborators for deployment of innovative technologies/solutions and visit their facilities to support the design of a conceptual pilot plant suitable for scale-up production.
  • Carry out Risk Assessment, and ensure compliance with Work, Safety and Health Regulations.
  • Coordinate procurement and liaison with vendors/suppliers.
  • Work independently, as well as within a team, to ensure proper operation and maintenance of equipment.

Job Requirements:

  • Have relevant competence in the areas of plant-based protein extraction, fractionation, membrane filtration process, characterization of protein functional properties.
  • Have a degree in Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Food Science and Technology. Possessing a Master’s or PhD degree will be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of functional properties of protein, and food hydrocolloids will be advantageous.
  • Able to communicate with industrial collaborators to share key findings, seek supports, or conducting pilot plant trials.

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