Food chemistry and analytics

KU Leuven
September 15 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, there is a full-time academic vacancy (tenure track) in the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems (M2S) in the area of food chemistry and analysis. The position is embedded in the Centre for Food and Microbial Technology. Research

It is your task to develop a fundamental and interdisciplinary oriented research programme at an international level in the field of food chemistry and analysis. You have experience with the development and use of state-of-the-art analytical methods for identification and/or quantification of constituents and elucidation of reaction mechanisms in complex food systems. These include for example advanced chromatographic techniques coupled with various detectors such as mass spectrometry and spectroscopic techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. You are familiar with food systems and reactions and interactions of technological, nutritional or sensory relevant chemical components in terms of processing, preserving or digestion.

The research will be embedded in the Centre for Food and Microbial Technology. Cooperation is expected with other academic staff members of the centre with expertise in food chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, technology and biophysics. In particular, you are asked to offer or develop complementary expertise, which can lead to joint project applications and synergy with colleagues from the centre, and if applicable, of the Department M2S as a whole. The research program will also be embedded in the Leuven Food Science and Nutrition Research Centre (LFoRCe), that catalyses, inter alia, co-operation between food scientists, gastroenterologists and nutritionists. A successful candidate will also initiate research collaboration outside the Department M2S with relevant research groups in the Science, Engineering and Technology Group and the Biomedical Sciences Group. You will also support the interuniversity, regional, national and international research cooperation of the Centre for Food and Microbial Technology and develop it further. The candidate is asked to formulate a research vision that incorporates such synergies and cooperation.

You publish at the highest scientific level, acquire resources for fundamental an basic research, develop international collaborations and supervise PhDs at an international level. You succeed in obtaining competitive funding. You strive for excellence in your research and thusly provide a contribution to the international character of the KU Leuven.


You ensure high-quality education within the food science area, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. The assignment can cover both bachelor and master level education (eg. Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Food Technology). You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty and university through the supervision of bachelor and master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.

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