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PhD student position in Analytical Chemistry – Cocoa Metabolomics, Germany

03/08/2015
Job Description :
The Department of Life Science & Chemistry iat Jacobs University invites applications for a
PhD position in Analytical Chemistry (f/m)
(Full-time and limited for three years)
Analysis of food processing products in cocoa

Subject

The collaborative project COMETA (COcoa METAbolism) analyzes the precise chemical composition of cocoa beans from various origins and their chemistry in the various cocoa processing steps. The overarching goal is to develop new rapid quality tests for cocoa classification, processing, and planning requirements for raw materials and processing conditions controlling all aspects of the final product. This project bridges cutting edge research areas, including Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, and Systems Biology, with direct industrial applications in a unique, highly interdisciplinary framework.

The aim of the PhD project is the elucidation of chemical mechanisms behind cocoa processing and identification of compounds defining the characteristics of the final products in particular colour, processibility, flavor and aroma.

Tasks and responsibilities

Extraction and purification of cocoa samples
Chemical analysis by LC-MS of cocoa products
Identification and structure elucidation of processing products
Identification of processing step-specific chemical and metabolic markers
Reconstruction of a processing model including the relevant chemical and metabolic reactions for the quality indicators starting from the identified markers

Qualifications

MSc degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or biochemistry
Solid knowledge of mechanistic organic chemistry, analytical methods and biochemistry
Strong problem solving skills
Creativity
Experience in handling high-throughput and highly complex data is an advantage
Knowledge of analytical chemistry and structure elucidation
Experience with LC-MS instrumentation is an advantage
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment and good communication skills including fluent in spoken and written English
Willingness to travel

What we offer

We offer an innovative, multidisciplinary, and dynamic research environment with a strong international profile and close connections to industry partners. The PhD position is available for a period of three years. 

How to apply

Letters of application must be received by August 31st, 2015, for consideration. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a CV, contact details of two references and a short letter of motivation electronically to: Prof. Nikolai Kuhnert n.kuhnert@jacobs-university.de) and Dr. Roy D´Souza (r.dsouza@jacobs-university.de). Please, feel free to contact us for informal inquiries and additional information.

Job Homepage : Analytical Chemistry – Cocoa Metabolomics

Category  Chemistry PhD student position

Contact address :
Letters of application must be received by August 31st, 2015, for consideration. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a CV, contact details of two references and a short letter of motivation electronically to: Prof. Nikolai Kuhnert n.kuhnert@jacobs-university.de) and Dr. Roy D´Souza (r.dsouza@jacobs-university.de). Please, feel free to contact us for informal inquiries and additional information.

Keywords : Cocoa metabolomics – analytical chemistry – plant biochemistry

http://transition.jacobs-university.de/2014/04/barry-callebaut-and-jacobs-university-expand-current-research-cooperation
 

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