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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Position - "Novel Food Structuring Strategies to Modulate Cardiometabolic Risk"

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.

“Novel Food Structuring Strategies to Modulate Cardiometabolic Risk

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Global estimates indicate that China has the highest burden of CVD of any nation, accounting for 40% of deaths in the Chinese population. Whereas CVD remains essentially an age-related condition in both men and women, sex-specific patterns and cardiac and vascular ageing predispose women to a higher risk of CVD. In-line with global trends, the rate of CVD mortality in China is highest in ageing women with symptoms becoming more evident after the onset of menopause. Although menopause does not cause cardiovascular disease, certain risk factors for CVD increase around the time of menopause.

We know that our lifestyles, including the food we eat, can increase the risk of developing CVD. However, one area of research that has received little attention, is whether changing the food we eat can, specifically the physiochemical structure of food, influences CVD risk.

This post-doctoral programme of research aims to investigate the impact of food structure on biological functions relating to cardiovascular health. The objectives of the programme are to:

  • To identify factors which influence/determine individual variability in these biological functions, and, develop methods to stratify individuals with increased CVD risk.
  • To develop innovative solutions that modulate the structure of food to influence biological functions relating to cardiovascular health in individuals with increased CVD risk.
  • To establish the feasibility of strategies in real-world settings.


  • Planning, design, execution and completion of experiments.
  • Dissemination and communication of research achievements (i.e. participating in academic meetings and conferences, writing and publishing research papers).
  • Participating in the supervision of student projects at undergraduate, master, as well as PhD level, and participating in limited undergraduate teaching.
  • Participating in the day-to-day management, operation and safety of the research lab.

Qualification and requirements:

  • Candidates must be fluent in English as working language, ideally received the PhD degree within 3 years.
  • Candidate should have a PhD in life science - preferably food science, nutrition, or allied health.
  • International experience with a track-record of peer-reviewed publications in leading journals.
  • Suitable candidates will have a background in applied, food, or bio-sciences, experience in conducting basic, animal, and/or human clinical research, and expertise in analytical food science methods. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Matthew Campbell (University of Leeds; in the first instance.


  • 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.

Project Duration: 3 years


Dr. Matthew Campbell (Visiting Professor of Zhejiang Gongshang University), Dr. Lijin Ke (Zhejiang Gongshang University) and Prof. Pingfan Rao (Zhejiang Gongshang University)

Application Details:

Contact: Dr. Lijin Ke


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

Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang - China
Salary: £17,500 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th March 2020
Closes: 15th April 2020
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