15 PhD Positions in EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN project MoSaiQC: Modular Systems for advanced integrated Quantum Clocks
Ongeveer 11 uur geleden - Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) - Amsterdam
We are looking for a PhD candidate for the project "Modelling lipid oxidation in emulsions". The selected candidate will be part of a larger NWO project with …
We are looking for a PhD candidate for the project "Modelling lipid oxidation in emulsions". The selected candidate will be part of a larger NWO project with two industrial partners, working with 7 other PhD candidates at Wageningen University (WUR), University of Amsterdam (UvA), Eindhoven University of Technology (TuE). The overall goal is to understand and control the mechanisms behind lipid oxidation in emulsions in order to identify novel anti-oxidant strategies.
A better control and understanding of lipid oxidation in food will help to reduce negative effects on nutritional properties, generation of off-flavors and reduced shelf life of the products. This will help to answer the growing consumer demand for sustainable (ambient supply chain) and natural (without artificial antioxidants) products. To achieve this, the complex mechanisms behind lipid oxidation in emulsions need to be studied in molecular detail.
The PhD candidate will use data on radical formation, degradation of lipids and formation of reaction products obtained in the other sub-projects to develop a model that enables the quantitative prediction of lipid oxidation in wet and dry emulsions. This will require a combination of different modelling approaches. The kinetics of the process should be described using realistic parameters (e.g. T, time) and product characteristics as input. The model should link the reaction of initial unsaturated fatty acids to primary and secondary oxidation products (to the formation of off-flavors). In later stages also the heterogeneous distribution of reactants and possible diffusion of reactive species through the emulsion should be included. As such, this project should create a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms dominating the lipid oxidation process in emulsified systems. The goals are to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relevant mechanisms and to use this knowledge to efficiently develop approaches to increase the oxidative stability of nature-inspired emulsified foods.
For this position we are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:
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