Post Doctoral Associate

Post Doctoral Associate

Post Doctoral Associate
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY

As one of the premier food science programs in the nation, we apply the principles of science and engineering to ensure the nutritional value, safety and quality of foods in the United States and around the globe. Our program integrates the disciplines of chemistry, biology, nutrition, physiology, biotechnology and engineering to ensure that all people have access to healthy, affordable food.


The Post-Doctoral Associate will be responsible for carrying out experiments and performing characterization for this project. Must be an experienced scientist and able to use a variety of techniques including chemical, enzymatic and thermal approaches in creating novel ingredients and functionalities in the department of Food Science at Cornell University. This individual will be required to modify and functionalize proteins, and polysaccharides, quantify their stability and eventually evaluate functionality of these ingredients using analytical techniques.

The post-doc is required to perform experiments and characterize the functionalized ingredients. In addition, the individual is required to validate structure-function relationship and eventually identify the optimum modification strategy to enhance functionality of proteins and polysaccharides (i.e. surface activity, foamability, gel strength etc.) in food systems. The post-doc will be designing in vitro and ex vivo platforms to investigate the bioavailability of functionalized ingredients and their characterization for the first 10 months and during the last two months  will be improving and optimizing the formulation for maximizing the functionality and bioavailability of active compounds and performance using in-vitro and ex vivo methods. Within the last month, the individual will be writing the final report and drafting the results of this research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Required to hold a Ph.D. in food science, chemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, or material science.
  • Required to possess good knowledge of enzymatic processes, emulsification and encapsulation techniques, in vitro and ex vivo evaluation methods, spectroscopy methods such as bright-field microscopy, SEM, and FT-IR and particle characterization methods such as particle size distribution, HPLC and GC-MASS.


Please send Cover letter and CV, as well as a 3 references with contact information provided, to Assistant Professor, Alireza Abbaspourrad, at  If you have questions related to the position, you can direct those to the same email address. 


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