Ph.D. Contract in Food Circular Bioeconomy: Development of Novel Food Ingredients from Food By-products through Advanced Physical Technologies

Universitat de Lleida
 |  04.11.2022

RESEARCHER PROFILE: First Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 13/11/2022 23:00 – Europe/Brussels

The Research Group in Novel Technologies for Food Processing of the University of Lleida – Agrotecnio CERCA Center looks for a candidate to apply for a First Stage Researcher (R1) fellowship call to carry out the PhD thesis within theframework of the CINGRETECH project. This is a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Strategic Projects Aimed at Ecological Transition and Digital Transition, Projects Call 2021, project TED2021-131828B-I00). The title of the project is “Obtaining new food ingredients based on dietary fiber from fruit by-products enhanced by advanced physical processing technologies”.

Specifically, this project proposes the application of advanced physical technologies for food processing (pulsed electric fields, ultrasound, microfluidization, extrusion, and their combination) with the aim of modifying the structural, physicochemical and functional properties of by-products from citrus fruits in order to obtain ingredients rich in soluble dietary fiber that can be used in the formulation of new foods, thus reducing food waste. The project is split in three phases. In the first place, it is proposed to evaluate the potential of each technology to induce changes in the properties of citrus dietary fiber concentrates. In a second phase, ingredients rich in soluble dietary fiber will be obtained through the application of selected physical treatments to by-products from the industrialization of citrus fruits. Finally, the impact of the incorporation of the ingredients obtained into formulated liquid foods will be evaluated.

This contract offers the possibility of starting a scientific career with one of the world’s leading research groups in Novel Technologies for Food Processing.

One year full time contract, revewable up to three years to complete the PhD. The gross salary for the first and second years is about 17,000 euros and about 18,500 euros for the third year.

Working in a leading research group on Novel Technologies for Food Processing.

Eligibility criteria
The academic CV of the candidates will be assessed in detail. Excellent grades will be valued, as required by the fellowship call, together with having followed subjects related to the PhD topic.

Motivation, initiative, autonomous work and team-working abilities will be valued.

Selection process
The application consist of two steps.

First, an internal filter will be made by the research group to check the fulfillment of the the access requirements, as well as analyze the adequacy of the background and expertise regarding the research subject.

Second, the application to the fellowship call by the University of Lleida.

Additional comments
Interested candidates should submit an application letter (single pdf-file preferred) including: Updated CV, Academic record with grades and qualifications of all subjects (BSc and MSc) and Letter of interest to Prof. Dr. Pedro Elez-Martinez (

Application letters not including the Bachelor and Master Degree’s average grades will be automatically discarded.