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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Position

Zhejiang Gongshang University - School of Food Science and Biotechnology

About School of Food Science and Biotechnology, Zhejiang Gongshang University

Zhejiang Gongshang University (ZGU) is one of the earliest established higher education institutions in China. As one of the leading universities in the region, Zhejiang Gongshang University is highly regarded for its quality student training programs and research activities. The university currently has 23 colleges and schools and over 26,000 full-time students studying bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees across academic disciplines of social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Zhejiang Gongshang University is located in the beautiful city of Hangzhou, which is well-connected to all main cities in the country by high-speed rail networks and roads and to major international destinations by air.

The School of Food Science and Biotechnology at Zhejiang Gongshang University is one of the top food science schools in the country. In the past few years, the school has made a major effort in redefining its strategy of food science research and student training. A number of research centres and groups have been established, successfully extending its research activities from conventional food engineering and technology researches to a much wider areas of nutrition and health. The school is one of the founding members of the university consortium of food science and nutrition, established in 2016 jointly with Food Science Schools of the University of Leeds, Massey University, and Wageningen University. The School of Food Science and biotechnology at Zhejiang Gongshang University has over 120 academic and supporting staff, including 32 professors and 41 associate professors. Over 1,300 full-time students are currently studying degree courses in subject areas of Food Science and Engineering, Food Quality and Safety, Bioengineering, and Applied Chemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

The School has been recently awarded with a major government funding for a further expansion of its research capacities. As a part of this strategic expansion, the school is now seeking to appoint post-doctoral research fellow in the following research areas.

“Gastric structuring and nutrient delivery

This three years research positions will be working on understanding how to design foods that once processed orally, will form structures in the stomach that are more difficult to break down, but at the same time release nutrients in a controlled manner into the duodenum. This would optimise the impact of food on appetite and help individuals manage energy intake through more effective appetite control. The outputs of this research could inform the design of a human study to develop generic strategies to improve the satiating and satiety promoting properties of a food. Further research funds will be sought to work with industry to develop foods or ingredients designed to supress appetite and aid individuals to maintain a more healthy energy balance.

  • In vitro digestion model. The initial task would be to set up a semi-dynamic in vitro digestion model of gastric digestion to study the behaviour of food in the stomach.
  • Rheological behaviour of foods and Ingredients: Various ingredients will be investigated where thickening or gelation may be induced by the gastric environment (acid, ionic strength, enzyme action).
  • Behaviour during in vitro oral and gastric digestion. Ingredients with promising rheological properties will be subject to in vitro digestions to optimise the physico-chemical behaviour during oral and gastric digestion. Simulated oral processing will determine how the structure of the model systems responds to enzymic and physical processes, and how this in turn influences the structures formed in the gastric phase.
  • Nutrient release. The nutrient profiles of selected model food systems, and the nutrient content of the samples emptied from the gastric phase will be determined to understand how the rheological behaviour of the ingredients can control nutrient delivery, and ultimately how this and the effect on gastric emptying could prolong satiety.


  • Planning, designing, execution and completion of the experiment works of the project.
  • Dissemination and communication of research achievements (i.e. participating in academic meetings and conferences, writing and publishing research papers).
  • Participating supervision of student projects at undergraduate, master, as well as PhD levels, and Participating in limited undergraduate teaching.
  • Participating in the management of the daily operation and safety of the research lab.

Qualification and requirements:

  • Candidates must be fluent in English as working language, received the PhD degree ideally within 5 years.
  • Candidate should have a PhD in life science - preferably food science, or physics, chemistry, with strong mechanical background.
  • An international experience with peer-reviewed publications, experience of analytical research (HPLC, GCMS, FT-IR) and rheological analysis, a good mechanical knowledge and technical skills will be advantages for this project.


  • University will provide a commercial health insurance.
  • Enjoy the statutory national holidays and 25 days paid leave every year.

Location: Hangzhou - Zhejiang – China

Project Duration: 3 years

Salary: At least £15970 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Application Details:

Contact: Prof. Peter Wilde


Above positions are expected to begin in May 2019, or a date convenient to both parties. For more specific information about each position, candidates can contact responsible supervisor. To apply, candidates should send a CV, a cover letter, two references, PhD diploma and other documents to corresponding supervisor.

For general information about the university or school, interested candidates can contact Ms. Trista Guo ( (School of Food Science and Bioengineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, 18 Xuezheng Street, Xiasha Higher Education Zone, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310018, China).

For general information about Zhejiang Gongshang University, please visit and about the city of Hangzhou, please visit

Closing date: 28 February 2019.     

Location: Hangzhou - China
Salary: £15,970 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st January 2019
Closes: 28th February 2019
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