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Postdoctoral Fellow – Upcycling Food Waste

Posted by stephanie Rogers on June 6, 2023 in News

Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Position Title:             Postdoctoral Fellow – Upcycling Food Waste

Department/Unit:       Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Location:                    Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Job Summary & Key Responsibilities:       

Dalhousie University invites applications from qualified, highly motivated candidates for a full-time, 16-month term postdoctoral position in upcycling food waste. The postdoctoral fellow will be conducting an industry-involved Mitacs/industry-funded research project on the development and assessment of functional food ingredients from a selected food waste stream. The developed ingredients through fermentation will be assessed for their nutritional and bioactive composition, sensory attributes, and health-promotional qualities in vitro.

Qualifications/Requirements of Position:   

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, food chemistry, food microbiology or a related discipline within the last four years. They must have demonstrated prior experience in working with food waste upcycling technologies, fermentation technologies, and metabolite analysis using high-resolution mass spectrometry. Also, experience with natural product chemistry and statistical analysis is an asset.

Salary Range/Pay Rate:         $45,000 to $50,000 per annum (benefits included)

Term of appointment:             16 months, anticipated start date of September 01, 2023

Close Date:                             July 15, 2023

Additional Information:        

The primary location of the research will be at the Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture (Agricultural Campus, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada) under the supervision of Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe. The project is also co-supervised by Dr. Su-Ling Brooks and occasional travel will be required to the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science at the Faculty of Engineering (Sexton Campus, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) for access to some equipment.

Applicants must submit a cover letter stating qualifications and experience, a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications, and the names and contact information of three referees. For any additional information contact Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe, Professor of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (email:

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit