Three Post Doctoral Research Fellowships in food safety and authenticity

Three Post Doctoral Fellowships are available at Slovenia’s leading research institute Jožef Stefan Institute. The institute is looking to strengthen its research excellence in relation to food safety, authenticity and traceability. Fellowships are available in the following fields:

1) Organic analysis

2) Stable Isotope analysis

3) Metrology

Job description

The selected candidates will combine laboratory experiments and analytical measurements in the field of food research. The new team members will work within a dynamic and interdisciplinary international research environment, with the possibility to learn new techniques and skills. He/she is expected to critically evaluate and improve the approach, where appropriate, providing opportunity for putting their own stamp on the research.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold (or obtain during the application period) a doctoral degree (PhD) in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Food-Chemistry, Bio-chemistry, Bio-engineering (Chemistry), and Environmental Science;
  • You are familiar with concepts related to food sample preparation and state-of–the-art analytical instrumentation including GC, LC hyphenated with tandem and high resolution MS, IRMS, GC‑C‑IRMS, ICP-MS depending on position applied for;
  • You are highly motivated to work in an international, dynamic environment;
  • You have good English communication writing and presentation skills;
  • You are quality-oriented and creative and have demonstrated organization skills;
  • A record of publications in quality, peer-reviewed journals in the field of food/organic/analytical/environmental chemistry.

We offer

Tenure: A position at the postdoctoral level (max 2 years) open to international candidates for an initial one-year fixed-term contract, extendable with additional year after positive evaluation. The positions are available immediately.

Salary: According to institute standard remuneration rates, funded through the ISO-FOOD ERA Chair for isotopic techniques in food quality, safety and traceability.

How to apply?

  • Applicants must state which position they are applying for and send the following supporting documents: motivation letter, updated CV, and two letters of recommendation to erachair@isofood.eu until 25.5.2017.
  • For questions about the profile and the job description, please contact ERA Chair Holder Dr David Heath (erachair@isofood.eu).

The Jožef Stefan Institute is as an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation.

 

Bisphenols in Honey

Bisphenol A (known as BPA) is a synthetic organic compound found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics have many applications including in the food industry in water bottles, food-storage containers, and plastic tableware. Epoxy lacquers are used as linings in many metal products such as food can, bottle tops, lids of glass jars for baby food, pickles, jam, honey, salsa and other condiments, aerosol cans for whipped toppings and non-stick sprays, bottles and tins of cooking oil, aluminium beverage cans, metal coffee cans and beer kegs. When taking into consideration the myriad of non-food applications, it is no wonder that BPA has become ubiquitous in modern-day life and impossible to avoid. The cause for concern is that BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and years of animal testing has linked BPA with neurological and behavioural disorders, reproductive disorders such early onset of puberty and a rise in prostate and breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes. As a precaution, the EU in 2012 banned its application in baby bottles and sippy cups although in 2015 the EU rescinded the ban after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) re-evaluated BPA exposure and toxicity. Several EU nation states, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France and Sweden, despite the EFSA ruling, continue to regulate BPA more strictly. The food industry has responded to consumer concerns and “BPA-free” products are commonplace. Despite this, “BPA free” does not mean “bisphenol-free”. Many alternatives to BPA, such as BPS and other similar compounds found in plastics have just as potent, if not more potent, hormone mimicking effects as BPA and scientists are only now beginning to investigate the risk posed by these compounds. In a new study by Česen et al., (2016), published in the journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the authors examine the occurrence of bisphenols and related compounds in honey and their migration from selected food contact materials. The authors chose honey because it is a highly prized food commodity, cherished for its quality, purity and taste. The authors also noted how honey comes in many different types of packaging, which could put the honey at risk from potentially harmful migrating compounds. Their paper describes the development of a single method to analyse nine bisphenols (BPA, BPAF, BPAP, BPB, BPC, BPE, BPF, BPS, and BPZ) and related compounds (4-cumylphenol and dihydroxybenzophenone) in honey samples and food simulant. The authors used their method to analyse honey from European and non-European countries and food simulant stored in different packaging. The majority of samples contained bisphenol residues and the highest number of bisphenol compounds determined in any one sample was four. Only BPA and BPAF were found during migration tests and in glass jars with epoxy lined metal lids and in laminated sachets. Based on the exposure from observed maximum levels of BPA in honey, there is little risk to consumer health (exposure < TDI 4 μg/kg bw/day), although the authors’ emphasise that cumulative health effects of the identified bisphenols should be further explored. The authors also show how some of the contamination derives from a source other than the final packaging. Retailers could use this data to pass on recommendations to honey producers with respect to the use of suitable food contact materials along the honey value chain.

Postdoctoral position in Organic Analysis

Postdoctoral position in Organic Analysis

The ERA Chair ISO-FOOD “ERA CHAIR FOR ISOTOPE TECHNIQUES IN FOOD QUALITY, SAFETY AND TRACEABILITY” at Jožef Stefan Institute aims at strengthening its research excellence related to organic contaminants in food. We are currently looking for:

A post-doctoral researcher

Job description

A position is vacant for a postdoctoral researcher to study new emerging contaminant residues such as industrial, agricultural and pharmaceutical related compounds in food/feed and compounds migrating from food contact materials. The first step will be to identify a list of compounds that match the above criteria and develop, optimize and validate analytical methods for determining their residues (metabolites, where applicable, and transformation products) in complex matrices. Their presence, effects and risk will be investigated using state-of-the-art analytical instruments and a battery of toxicological assays. The selected candidate will combine laboratory experiments and analytical measurements. The new team member will work within a dynamic and interdisciplinary international research environment, with the possibility to learn new techniques and skills. He/she is expected to critically evaluate and improve the approach, where appropriate, providing opportunity for putting their own stamp on the research.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold (or obtain during the application period) a doctoral degree (PhD) in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Food-Chemistry, Bio-chemistry, Bio-engineering (Chemistry), and Environmental Science;
  • You are familiar with concepts related to food sample preparation and state-of–the-art analytical instrumentation including GC and LC hyphenated with tandem and high resolution MS;
  • You are highly motivated to work in an international, dynamic environment;
  • You have excellent English communication writing and presentation skills;
  • You are quality-oriented and creative and have demonstrated organization skills;
  • A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals in the field of food/organic/analytical/environmental chemistry.

We offer

Tenure: A position at the postdoctoral level (max 2 years) open to international candidates for an initial one year fixed-term contract, extendable with additional year after positive evaluation.

Location: Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Salary: According to institute standard remuneration rates.

How to apply?

  • Applicants must send the required supporting documents, updated CV, intention letter and two recommendation letters to erachair@isofood.eu until 31.3.2017.
  • For questions about the profile and the job description, please contact ERA Chair Holder Dr David Heath (david.heath@ijs.si).

The Jožef Stefan Institute is as an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation.

A post-doctoral researcher: Metrology in chemistry

Postdoctoral position (two year)

The ERA Chair ISO-FOOD “ERA CHAIR FOR ISOTOPE TECHNIQUES IN FOOD QUALITY, SAFETY AND TRACEABILITY” at Jožef Stefan Institute aims at strengthening its research excellence related to metrology in food. We are currently looking for:

A post-doctoral researcher: Metrology in chemistry

Job description

A position is vacant for a postdoctoral researcher to implement principles of metrology in chemistry for food analysis and characterization, particularly related to food safety issues (inorganic and organic contaminants). The selected candidate will combine laboratory experiments and analytical measurements and apply and develop metrologically based support to secure comparability of measurement results. The new team member will work within a dynamic and interdisciplinary international research environment, with the possibility to learn new techniques and skills. He/she is expected to critically evaluate and improve analytical approaches, validate the measurement procedures, develop appropriate uncertainty assessments based on internationally valid principles.   It is also expected that the selected candidate will putt his/her own stamp on the research.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold (or obtain during the application period) a doctoral degree (PhD) in Analytical Chemistry;
  • You are familiar with concepts related to metrology in chemistry;
  • You are highly motivated to work in an international, dynamic environment;
  • You have excellent English communication writing and presentation skills;
  • You are quality-oriented and creative and have demonstrated organization skills;
  • A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals in the field of food/organic/inorganic/analytical/environmental chemistry.

 

We offer

 Tenure: A position at the postdoctoral level (max 2 years) open to international candidates for an initial one year fixed-term contract, extendable with additional year after positive evaluation.

Location: Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Salary: According to institute standard remuneration rates.

How to apply?

  • Applicants must send the required supporting documents, updated CV, intention letter and two recommendation letters to erachair@isofood.eu until 7. April, 2017.
  • For questions about the profile and the job description, please contact ERA Chair Holder Dr David Heath (david.heath@ijs.si).

The Jožef Stefan Institute is as an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation.

Postdoctoral position in Compound specific stable isotopes in food

The ERA Chair ISO-FOOD “ERA CHAIR FOR ISOTOPE TECHNIQUES IN FOOD QUALITY, SAFETY AND TRACEABILITY” at Jožef Stefan Institute aims at strengthening its research excellence related to food authenticity and traceability using stable isotope approach. We are currently looking for:

A post-doctoral researcher

Job description

A position is vacant for a postdoctoral researcher to study the authenticity and provenance determination of food in its widest sense (geographical, manufacturing and cultivation origin) using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS). The candidate will be investigating traditional bulk analysis methods of H C, N, O and S, emerging stable isotope applications and methods such as compound specific isotopic analysis. It is also expected that the applicant will combine the different isotopic methods with chemometric approaches for food authentication. We are seeking an applicant with expertise in Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) particularly in compound-specific isotope analysis. The selected candidate will combine laboratory experiments and analytical measurements. The new team member will work within a dynamic and interdisciplinary international research environment, with the possibility to learn new techniques and skills. He/she is expected to critically evaluate and improve the approach, where appropriate, providing opportunity for putting their own stamp on the research.

Profile and requirements

 You hold (or obtain during the application period) a doctoral degree (PhD) in either Chemistry (Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Food-Chemistry, Bio-chemistry, Bio-engineering) or Environmental Science;

  • You are familiar with concepts related to food sample preparation and state-of–the-art analytical instrumentation in the field of isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) including GC-C-IRMS;
  • You are highly motivated to work in an international, dynamic environment;
  • You have excellent English communication writing and presentation skills;
  • You are quality-oriented and creative and have demonstrated organization skills;
  • A record of publications in quality, peer-reviewed journals in the field of food/organic/analytical/environmental chemistry.

 We offer

 Tenure: A position at the postdoctoral level (max 2 years) open to international candidates for an initial one year fixed-term contract, extendable with additional year after positive evaluation.

 Location: Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Salary: According to institute standard remuneration rates.

How to apply?

  • Applicants must send the required supporting documents, updated CV, intention letter and two recommendation letters to erachair@isofood.eu until 30.1.2017.
  • For questions about the profile and the job description, please contact ERA Chair Holder Dr David Heath (david.heath@ijs.si).

The Jožef Stefan Institute is as an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation.