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KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy in the Bioengineering Technology Cluster at the Ghent Technology Campus of KU Leuven. We are looking for internationally orientated candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competencies within the field of biochemistry and food technology, strongly focussed on the expansion of a network of companies through which demand-driven research topics can emerge and where valorisation of research results can take place.
The successful application will be appointed in the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems and the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven. Within the Bioengineering Technology Technology Cluster you will join the Research Group for Technology and Quality of Animal Products. Current research activities of the group focus on processing of meat products and related products, with a focus on either meat or alternative protein sources as a raw material. The group disposes of a well-equipped pilot facility in which the various types of meat products can be produced under strictly controlled conditions, as well as of laboratory facilities for the analysis of microbial, (bio-)chemical, analytical, micro- and macroscopic quality of the products. The group has an extensive national and international network both in the academic and industrial world.
You will develop a research program at an international level in the domain of processing of protein rich food products such as traditional meat and/or fish products, but also innovative protein rich (including plant-based) alternatives can be studied. The focus of the research program entails the study of various transformations that take place during unit operations applied in the production of protein rich food products, such as heating (pasteurization, sterilization, oven processes), smoking, drying, ripening, etc.
You will develop a new research program in line with ongoing research within the Research Group for Technology and Quality of Animal Products, and complementary to existing research projects within the Technology Cluster BioengineeringTechnology and the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems.
A possible research topic is the study of the impact of processing conditions (e.g. during heating, smoking, etc.) on the formation of process-induced contaminants in meat and/or fish products such as N-nitrosamines, polycyclicaromatic carbons, heterocyclic aromatic amines, etc. and the development of strategies to delay or prevent their formation. A second example involves the study of the impact of processing conditions on the formation of aroma-active components in protein rich food products, including their relation to sensorial properties.
Within the proposed domain you engage in targeted scientific research, resulting in PhD’s and scientific publications that meet the highest international standards and lead to broad international recognition. Additionally, you will support and expand the existing network of companies through the valorisation of research results and by delivering industrial services, aimed at strengthening industrial innovation. To reach these goals, you are able to acquire competitive funding, both project-based government funding as well as industrial funding.
We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. In this regard, the university actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research in an inclusive, diverse and collaborative environment.
You will work at the KU Leuven Ghent Technology Campus, in a historic city with a 40-minute rail connection to Brussels, one hour to Leuven and about three hours train to Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. If you are a junior researcher you will, in principle, be appointed as assistant tenure track professor for a period of 5 years. If your evaluation after this period is positive, you will be permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor. You will receive a starting grant for setting up your research and the recruitment of a PhD researcher
KU Leuvenis well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …
To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.