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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Position - "Development of Plant-based Alternatives to Meat Products"

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 25 colleges and schools and over 28,000 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 investigations to a much wider areas of nutrition and health. The school is one of the founding members of the International University Consortium of Food Science & Nutrition (IUCoFSN), established in 2016 jointly with food science schools from 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 35 full professors and 40 associate professors. Over 1,200 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 fellows in the following research areas.

“Development of Plant-based Alternatives to Meat Products

The global population continues to grow and more people are eating animal-based foods, which is putting a strain on food sustainability and the environment. This three-years research project aims to develop meat-alternatives from healthy and sustainable food sources (proteins and fibers) using soft matter physics approaches. In particular, structural design principles will be used to create products with desirable quality attributes, such as appearance, texture, shelf life, taste, and digestibility.


  • Planning, designing, execution, and analysis of experimental research.
  • Dissemination and communication of research achievements (i.e. participating in academic meetings and conferences, writing and publishing research papers).
  • Contribution to supervision of student projects at undergraduate, Masters, and PhD levels. 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 within 3 years.
  • The candidate should have a PhD in the life sciences (preferably food science) or related subjects (such as physics, chemistry, biochemistry, or engineering) with a strong physicochemical background.
  • 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 an employee basic medical insurance and 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 £17500 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract


Prof. David McClements (University of Massachusetts, distinguished adjunct professor of Zhejiang Gongshang University), and Prof. Weichun Pan (Zhejiang Gongshang University)

Application Details:

Contact: Prof. Weichun Pan


Above positions are expected to begin in June 2020, 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. Jingxuan Guo ( (School of Food Science and Biotechnology, 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: 29 February 2020.    

Location: Hangzhou - China
Salary: £17,500 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th January 2020
Closes: 29th February 2020
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