Biophysical Research Scientist

Institute of Food Research

We are seeking an experienced Research Scientist to join the Food and Health Programme at the Institute of Food Research (IFR).

The successful candidate will have skills in food biochemistry, food structure or colloid science. The research aims to investigate the physicochemical mechanisms underpinning the rate and extent of nutrient release from complex food matrices during in vitro digestion These matrices will include starch, lipids and dietary fibre.

The research is formed from BBSRC funded research within the Food and Health Institute Strategic Programme (FH ISP) at IFR. The Institute has a distinguished track record in multidisciplinary research into the structure-function relationships underpinning the nutritional benefits of complex food matrices.

Candidates will require a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics or another related area. Some relevant research experience in food structure, in vitro digestion, biochemistry, colloid science in the context of nutrition and health would be beneficial. It would also be advantageous for applicants to have had prior experience in the supervision or training of students and other scientists.

IFR is the only publically funded research institute in the UK dedicated to fundamental research underpinning food and health. Along with its sister BBSRC-supported institutes, the John Innes Centre (JIC) and the Earlham Institute, are co-located with the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on the Norwich Research Park (NRP). The NRP is one of Europe's leading centres for bioscience research, providing access to world class research facilities and infrastructure.

In early 2018, a brand new £81.6m state-of-the-art facilities will open dedicated to food & health, collaborative, interdisciplinary research called the Quadram Institute ( This will a be a world leading centre into food and health research and is a collaborative venture between the IFR, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

This post is for an initial contract of 18 months.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UA, UK, 01603 450462 quoting reference 1003108.

As a user of the disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for this vacancy.

The Institute of Food Research is a registered charity (No 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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