Postdoctoral fellow: Food Inspector - developing tools for food label authentication

Deadline: 21.01.2021

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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Are you interested to join our efforts in developing new tools that soon can be used by food producers and authorities to make our food safer?

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

(MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 2.5 years Postdoctoral position to study methods for authenticating meat quality features linked to freeze damage and other meat/muscle tissue degenerations. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (project title: 'Food Inspector').

You will develop and test technologies that are based on electrophysiological and microscopic techniques established for clinical and research purposes but not yet realized for food quality monitoring.

Here you will work closely with a large network that brings together researchers at NMBU, partners at the Norwegian Meat and Poultry Research Centre as well as scientific and industry partners from Norway and other European countries. This will give you a great opportunity to build your own network within academic and industry-environments.

Your work will include:

  • Treating selected meat and fish products with different preservation techniques
  • Using a diverse range of standard food quality monitoring tests, in addition to
  • Electrophysiological tests on muscle meat and fish
  • Microscopic analyses of muscle tissue defects.

Main tasks

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. A PhD degree is required.

Main tasks:

You will analyze freeze- and other treatment related quality defects in meat and fish using an array of novel and well-established test methods (As the project ultimately aims at developing commercial solutions, applicants should have a well-developed critical thinking enabling them to honestly evaluate promises and also risks linked to diagnostic innovations the team establishes.

Specific tasks include:

  • Planning and conducting experiments in the lab and also in food production facilities;
  • Use of standard food quality measurements and of electrophysiological and microscopic setups
  • Supervising of undergraduate students
  • Scientific communication (talks, writing publications)
  • Communication with industry and partners that develop commercialization strategies


Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD degree
  • Training and hands-on-experience in relevant fields such animal physiology including muscle and neurophysiology, physiological measurements, food science and technology, physics or electronics. At least 2 of the named areas must be covered.
  • You have learned to take lead in communicating your own research (writing and presentation skills).
  • You have experience with statistical methods.

Experience from one or more of the following fields will be beneficial

  • Impedance based measurements on biomaterials
  • Numerical methods for modeling of physiological sensor systems
  • Hands on experimental work on food freezing and thawing
  • Having worked in scientific and industrial partner networks that are relevant to the project
  • Supervising experience

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • You are eager to learn new methods and to work confidently in an interdisciplinary partner network.
  • Good communication skills will make it easy for you to contact partners inside and outside your immediate team, and to plan your experiments in and outside the university’s campus.
  • Independence, resourcefulness, critical thinking and relevant interpersonal skills necessary for productive team working.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the University's regulations. The applicant should document a strong academic background from previous studies and good English skills, both written and oral.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 59-77) (NOK 523.200-741.300), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position.

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Information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 21.01.2021

With the application, you will include an application letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of at least two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and E-mail addresses; all to be send electronically).

Other scientific documentation (thesis, up to 10 publications) should be included electronically within the application deadline. NMBU may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, MINA, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 21.01.2021. Please quote reference number 20/05397.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

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