Food and markets
Site: Medway Campus
Salary: £ 34,304 to £ 50,296 per year
Type of Contract : Permanent
Closing Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
Interview date: Be confirmed
The Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich is offering an exciting position for a postgraduate food processing student to join the team at the new Medway Food Innovation Center.
The Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich is part of a consortium called Growing Kent and Medway (GK&M), which is run by NIAB EMR and won a UKRI Strength in Places grant of £ 17.8million. The ambition of GK&M is to develop a world-class agri-food innovation cluster that supports the growth of technology-driven horticultural production, food and beverage processing and manufacturing. Besides NIAB EMR and the University of Greenwich, other research partners in this world-class consortium include the University of Kent. Industry partners include a range of major local food companies (APS Produce, Berry Gardens Growers, Chapel Down, Gusbourne Estate, Richard Hochfeld Group, Thanet Earth, Worldwide Fruit); an innovative technology integration company that operates across supply chains (Geku Automation); and a world leader in packaging (Smurfit Kappa). GK&M is backed by strong civic and business support with business partnership partners Kent & Medway and Locate in Kent. GK&M will drive innovation and wealth creation by fostering a dynamic and collaborative network that enables new and existing food businesses to grow and prosper. It connects industry with technologists and researchers to co-creatively address the innovation challenges facing the agri-food sector and its supply chains. During the 5-year project, a total of £ 5million was allocated to a research and innovation fund to support collaborative offerings which would typically include business and research partners.
As part of the GK&M project, the University of Greenwich is establishing the Medway Food Innovation Center (MFIC) – a state-of-the-art facility to deliver breakthrough food R&D solutions to industries through disruptive research as well as excellent training and courses on food product and process development for student cohorts. A central unit of the MFIC is the Food Processing Laboratory (FPL) is an MFIC with advanced facilities (twin screw extruder, drying platform, dry fractionator, sonication, high pressure homogenizer, bioreactor, etc.) heretofore not available in the region. Besides food preservation and safety, the goal of food processing is to create products with desirable functional properties and therefore the FPL will complete a state-of-the-art new product development facility at MFIC. Food grade FPL would provide knowledge-based support to the innovation challenges of local food businesses.
With the support of the GK&M project team within NRI, the successful candidate will be the operational manager of FPL within the MFIC. He (she) will work closely with the Head of MFIC within the University of Greenwich, to implement relevant food innovation projects / workflows, including those of the GK&M Research and Innovation Fund .
The successful candidate should have proven experience working in a food grade processing laboratory / pilot (previous industry experience will be an advantage) with a PhD or equivalent training in food processing / engineering.
For an informal discussion of the position, please contact Andy Frost, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at [email protected]
If you have any questions, please contact the HR recruiting team at [email protected]
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