- Do you have a PhD in analytical chemistry, food allergy, food safety, molecular immunology, or food science?
- Keen to work closely work with domain-specific national and international collaborators?
- Join our Agriculture and Food team for this exciting postdoctoral role
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.
We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO's Agriculture and Food Business Unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.
The global insect protein market is projected to reach USD $8 billion by 2030. The safety of insect-based products needs full attention, as food safety is closely linked to legislative approval. Insects are increasingly processed as protein for feed and food, data on safety and nutrition (allergenicity, toxic potential, antinutrients, microbial risk and microbial/enzymatic stability, and nutrient stability) relates to processing conditions is limited. The CERC Fellow will closely work with domain-specific national and international collaborators to obtain skills in food processing, allergen detection and quantification using proteomics and analytical chemistry, big data mining strategies, and microbial screening for food safety using microbiological assays. Supported by the team, the CERC Fellow will (i) establish the effect of processing methods on insect protein nutrition, quality and stability; (ii) develop allergen detection and quantitation methods using proteomics for raw and processed insect protein products; and (iii) determine microbial safety assessment of processed insect protein for food and feed. The CERC Fellow will apply these methodologies to enable food quality, safety, and shelf stability assessment to provide an informed position for the expanding insect protein industry, consumers and regulators.