Postdoctoral Research Associate

King's College London - Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences (Metal Metabolism Group)

The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £32,958 per annum, plus  £2,623 per annum London Allowance.

This post will be Fixed Term Contract for 3 years

Applications are invited for a PDRA will work on a BBSRC (DRINC2) project to investigate the effect of micro-milling on the bioavailability of iron and zinc from wheat flour. Cereals and cereal products provide approximately 50% of iron and 30% of zinc in the UK diet.  However, in wheat, iron and zinc are encapsulated within a single layer of cells (the aleurone layer), which remains intact during milling of wholegrain flour and is highly resistant to digestion in the human gut.  The PDRA will carry out in vitro digestion assays to assess the release of iron and zinc from standard-milled and micro-milled wheat flour and the availability of these metals for absorption by intestinal epithelial cells. In addition, the PDRA will design and carry out human feeding studies to determine the bioavailability of iron and zinc from breads made from standard-milled and micro-milled flour. The PDRA will also be expected to help co-ordinate research with our collaborators and to share results and experiences with other researchers across the UK at the regular BBSRC DRINC dissemination events.

Candidates will be expected to hold (or be about to complete) a PhD in nutrition, food science, or a related life science subject. Experience in any of the following: cell culture; in vitro digestion studies; human feeding studies; or iron/zinc metabolism; would be an advantage.  For further information please contact: Dr Paul Sharp; Tel: 020 7848 4481; Email:

Selection will be based on the application, a presentation and an interview.

To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form.

The deadline for applications is midnight 13 November 2016.

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