Tenure-Track Faculty Position Food Structure Engineering for Nutrition and Health Director

Food Structure Engineering for Nutrition and Health (FSENH) is a new research programme supported by Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan. It is unique platform that bridges the gap between food science and human nutrition, enabling validated technologies to be translated into healthy foods and diet recommendations.

It integrates adjacent capabilities in Singapore through a tripartite partnership between the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) at A*STAR, the Food Science and Technology Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS-FST) and the Food Innovation and Resource Centre of Singapore Polytechnic (SP-FIRC). The team will drive public-private partnerships together.

The Director will provide overall strategic leadership on the research directions and priorities to achieve the goals of FSENH and establish a flagship programme in Asia. He/ she will see to a closer translation of food science and engineering research to clinical validation and industry applications. Jointly appointed by A*STAR and NUS under tenure-track faculty position (at the level of associate professor or full professor), he/ she will fulfil academic responsibilities at the University in the area of food structure science and engineering.

The Director will design and establish the programme; establish a physical research infrastructure with laboratories; attract, recruit and oversee key scientific personal (principal investigators); define research strategy, approaches for talent development; forge the necessary collaborations with industry and academic partners; and develop the IP and commercialization strategy. In defining the strategy, the key considerations are industry relevance, scientific excellence and building a competitive advantage for the collaborators.

The Director will work alongside the Director of CNRC, Director of Food Nutrition and Consumer Care Cluster (FNCC, A*STAR) and Director of NUS-FST to establish the programme. He will ensure seamless collaboration between A*STAR, NUS-FST and SP-FIRC. As a faculty member of NUS-FST, he will also deliver lectures for the undergraduate and postgraduate students and guide research students in their projects.

The FSENH programme aims to:

  1. Strengthen local core competences in food science and engineering
  2. Develop novel technologies in food formulation science and process engineering
  3. Drive research collaborations and technology translation to the industry
  4. Build and cultivate talent to meet the needs of the growing food industry in the region

Three thematic areas of the programme are:

  1. Natural food components, functionalities and structure assemblies
  2. Structures design to create foods with unique sensorial and nutritional qualities
  3. Healthy food product and process development coupled with clinical and consumer validation

Potential candidate should have a doctorate degree in science and engineering (preferably related to food) from a reputable university; postdoctoral experience; sound research and industry expertise in material engineering and science related to food; 10 – 15 years of relevant research experience as a principal investigator or equivalent role; prior experience in cross-disciplinary team management; outstanding track record in industry and/ or academic research; and the ability to translate research findings to industry and social outcomes.

A*STAR and NUS-FST jointly invite applications for this position. NUS, having been consistently ranked as a top university in the global ranking of university by The Times of London since the ranking started in 2004, offers expatriate faculty members an attractive remuneration package which includes subsidized partially-furnished accommodation and 28-days annual leave. Appointment and starting salary commensurate with the relevant qualifications and experience.

For enquiries, please contact:
Prof Zhou Weibiao, Director of Food Science and Technology Programme,
c/o Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
Email: chmzwb@nus.edu.sg

A/Prof Ralph Graichen, Director of FNCC
Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Email: ralph_graichen@bmsi.a-star.edu.sg