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Post-doctoral position in biotechnology with focus on oat lipids

Post-doctoral position in biotechnology with focus on oat lipids

Lund University, Sweden

 

ScanOats is a newly established industrial research centre in collaboration between the academy and the industry. We conduct basic and applied research on oats and oat-based products. Oat is an important crop both for the Swedish agriculture and for the food chain. ScanOats is unique in the sense that we cover the entire chain from basic research, genome sequencing, cultivar development, field testing, mild processing and fractionation, and clinical health trials.

Subject description
Biotechnology is central to the transition to a sustainable society. In the biotechnology research subject, microorganisms or components of these are developed and utilized to achieve technically useful goals with environmentally sustainable methods. Special applications are environmental biotechnology, industrial biotechnology and biotechnology for health.

The research to be carried out is part of the ScanOats project (http://www.scanoats.se/), an industrial research center funded by the Foundation for Strategic Research (https://strategiska.se/). The work will mainly be carried out at the Division of Biotechnology at Kemicentrum, Lund University, in collaboration with researchers within the other work packages of ScanOats and with the companies Lantmännen, Oatly and Swedish Oat Fiber.

Work duties
This sub-project within ScanOats will focus on the oat  lipids. These will be analyzed by gas chromatography, HPLC, mass spectrometry and other methods. The emulsifying properties of polar oat lipids will be investigated, and opportunities for oat-based lipid products with saturating properties will be studied.

An area of particular interest will be to study and try to control the lipid conversion reactions that in the event of unfavorable treatment cause rancidity development in the oat lipids. In this context, it will be studied which of the components of oats are important (enzymes, antioxidants, etc.) and how oats can be processed for optimal taste and functional properties.

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours, as well as supervision of degree projects and doctoral students. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The candidate is expected to contribute to applying for further external research grants.

 

More information to be found here

Location: 
Lund University, SE
Deadline: 
08/07/2018

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