Research Fellow in Food Digestion and Health

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7086772 (Ref.No. ENVFS1034)
Posted: October 8, 2021

Job Description

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in protein and lipid analysis? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

This post will support the Mackie Research group in determining the role of multiscale structure on the kinetics and pathways of nutrient release. In many food related non-communicable diseases, risk is associated with repeated high levels of systemic exposure to specific components such as monosaccharides, fatty acids etc. In particular, the research group are interested in gastric phase behaviour, mucosal interactions and the role of bile. The focus of the group’s research on digestive fate has led to a requirement for a biochemist with the skills to undertake quantitative analysis of digesta produced using in vitro simulations of the upper gastrointestinal tract. In addition, the role of dietary fibre in the altering the bioaccessibility of nutrients is also under investigation involving planned collaborations with the faculties of Biological Sciences and Medicine and Health.

You will have a PhD in biochemistry or a closely allied discipline. You will also have experience in analytical chemistry pertaining to food and nutrients and a basic understanding of human gastrointestinal physiology. You will also have experience of working in a multidisciplinary research environment with a proven track record of peer reviewed publications in high impact journals. With strong time management and planning skills, you will have the ability to meet tight deadlines, manage competing demands and work effectively under pressure.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Alan Mackie, Head of School of Food Science and Nutrition

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2959, Email: 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Food Science & Nutrition
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 19 April 2023)
Release Date:  Thursday 07 October 2021
Closing Date:  Saturday 06 November 2021
Reference:  ENVFS1034

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