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Junior Fellow - Food Product Development


Job Reference: Ref.09.21.43

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Food Processing and Nutrition Group/Food Cluster

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 24 months


Open Date for Applications: November 5th

Closing Date for Applications: December 5th, 2021, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)


Key words: food engineeringfood science and technology, food product developer



The Food Processing and Nutrition Research Group is focused on using nanotechnology for developing applications to contribute to figure out a new food system sustainable, healthier, and digital. The solutions proposed are focused in two main topics food packaging and food personalization.


We are looking for a qualified Junior Fellow to join our team to work in a food laboratory, designing and  performing experiments and write technical reports under the project hOLIVEcream – Healthy olive oil based creams enriched with berries for application in bakery and pastry with reference number 46947. This project is co-funded by N2020 – North Portugal Regional Operational Programme, under the Portugal 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).



Job Duties

     The job duties will be the following:

1.     Design and perform laboratory work

2.     Write technical reports

3.     Organize and be involved in meetings with the company

4.     Write scientific documents and be involved in the dissemination of the results


Mandatory Qualifications



  • Master degree in food science and technology, chemical and biological engineering, biochemistry, bioengineering, or other related fields.



  • Experience in using soft materials for the development of low fat food products;
  • Strong experience on food formulation based on bio-based and edible materials, oleogels development, hydrogels and bigels, encapsulation of biomolecules:
  • Experience in the development of food products in pilot plant.


Technical Skills

  • Experience on physical and chemical characterization techniques (XRD, SAXS, rheology, texturometer, tribology, FTIR, Raman);
  • Data analysis, statistical studies and modelling.


Other Skills

  • Experience on using healthy and clean label ingredients for the development of food products.


Preferred Qualifications

  • International research track record in the field of food science and technology;
  • A good track record of disseminating research results.
  • International mobility experience.



Personal Skills

  • “Hands-on” approach together with a high commitment in respecting working deadlines;
  • Problem Solving ability;
  • Customer orientation;
  • Ability to work independently and as team player;
  • Good communication skills.
  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment, with the ability to pay close attention to detail and to meet deadlines;



Note: Candidates should not have a labour contract with INL during the 12 months before the application.


Our Benefits

  • Competitive salary;
  • Tax benefits and other Diplomatic privileges;
  • Private health insurance;
  • Family allowances (according to family situation);
  • Free nursery service at INL premises (subject to availability);
  • Support for education fees of dependent children;
  • Relocation support;
  • 30 working days of annual leave.


How to Apply

The application must be in English and include the following mandatory documents:

a)     Cover letter;

b)     Curriculum Vitae;

c)      Academic and/or Professional diplomas;

d) Recognition of academic degrees (only academic degrees awarded by non-Portuguese higher education institutions)*.


* The selected candidate(s) with an academic degree granted by a non-Portuguese higher education institution must present, for hiring purposes, the certificate of recognition of that degree(s), issued by the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education or by a Portuguese Public Higher Education Institution. Please consult the website of the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en.


At the application stage, the supporting document(s) mentioned in paragraph (d) [Recognition of academic degrees (only academic degrees awarded by non-Portuguese higher education institutions)], may be replaced by a Declaration of Honour (Template) from the candidate. In this case, the application of the candidate will be provisionally accepted provided that the following conditions shall be satisfied:

  1. The Declaration of Honour should state facts only prior to the application. If the information on the Declaration of Honour differs from the certificate of recognition submitted at stage of preparing the contract, only this last one is considered;
  2. The Certificate of Recognition issued by the competent Portuguese Authority is mandatory at the stage of preparing the contract;
  3. The Certificate of Recognition must match the information considered in the evaluation stage.


Online application instructions:

  1. The application is made online by clicking the “Apply” button below;
  2. The candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form;
  3. The candidate must submit the mandatory documents mentioned above in pdf format by including them in the “Additional files” section using the “Add portfolio” button.


Important note:

Incomplete applications including the failure to provide mandatory documents or providing inaccurate information will result in the application not being considered.



How the Selection Process works

A. Applications eligibility check

This stage will be carried out on the basis of the mandatory requirements, education, experience and technical skills defined for the job, as well as the validation of the mandatory documents. Only candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will move forward to the next stage.

B. CV Assessment

The Selection Committee will evaluate the eligible applications based on their CV and other submitted documents and the suitability for the position. The best ranked candidates will be shortlisted for the interview stage(s).

C. Interview(s)

The interview(s) may be done in different formats: video recordingonline or onsite.

The question based interview will evaluate the match between the candidate’s profile and the requirements for the position, including the technical and personal skills. To better support this stage, the candidate may be requested to prepare a short presentation.


D. Nomination

The selected candidate will be nominated and formally offered the position, including the disclosure of the contractual conditions. 




Additional Information



Application feedback

We highly value your interest in becoming part of the INL experience and it is important for us to maintain good communications with all candidates. No matter the outcome of your application, we will always provide you with feedback.


Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

INL follows a non-discrimination and equal access principle, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of and duties based on any possible discriminatory issues.


The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.



About INL

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL (http://www.inl.int), is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation in the world entirely focused on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

It was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and communicate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to be a recognised leading global nanotechnology innovation hub.






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