The project is a part of a large collaborative Industrial Partnership Programme between AMOLF, Wageningen University, University of Amsterdam and Unilever Research, entitled Hybrid soft materials: from physical mechanisms to designer products. The overall goal of the programme is to understand the physics of the assembly and visco-elastic properties of hybrid networks, consisting of mixtures of stiff and soft elements, which leads to the rich and complex multiscale physics that characterize real food products. The understanding of the design principles and the relation between the molecular, microscopic and mechanical properties of hybrid networks will be used in the design of new, improved systems, in particular new food products.
Within the Industrial Partnership Programme ee have an opening for a postdoc in the NMR group at Wageningen University to develop NMR/MRI methods to study food biopolymer networks. Emphasis will be on methods that assess network formation under dynamic conditions such as stress or shear. Advanced RheoMRI methods will be deployed to study shear-banding phenomena under conditions relevant for industrial food processing. Complementary structural descriptors of biopolymer network will be derived from PFG NMR (nanoparticle) diffusometry. The work will be carried out using 300, 600 and 700 MHz NMR spectrometers, equipped with high-performance PFG, (rheo)MRI and HRMAS capabilities. The postdoc will collaborate with PhD students employed within the Industrial Partnership Programme and engage closely with industry.
The PhD student will be stationed primarily at Wageningen University, whilst also spending considerable time at Unilever R&D Vlaardingen on a regular basis. The work will be supervised by Prof. J. van Duynhoven (Unilever, Wageningen University) and by Prof. J. van der Gucht (Wageningen University).
The candidate should have an MSc degree (or the equivalent) in Physics or Physical Chemistry, with a background in nuclear magnetic resonance techniques applied to structure-function relationships of materials. Experience with magnetic resonance imaging and/or diffusometry would be an advantage.
Conditions of employment
NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO, prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad.
You will be employed by NWO-I for a fixed period of two years.
Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,089 euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent.
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19 January 2018