The Food Research Center (FoRC) is a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center (RIDC) created in July 2013 with support from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for multidisciplinary research in Food and Nutrition.
The goal of FoRC is to address key global challenges and develop internationally-ranked fundamental, strategic and applied research, benefiting Brazilian agribusiness, consumers, policymakers and regulatory agencies, promoting socio-economic development in the country.
The research projects are grouped into four pillars:
1) Biological Systems in Food;
2) Food, Nutrition and Health;
3) Safety and Food Quality;
4) New Technologies and Innovation.
FoRC has a post-doctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Food Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to develop the research plan “Molecular characterization of entophytes bacterial communities from bananas cultivated under Atlantic Rainforest biodiversity proximity and their correlation with quality attributes” in the Research Axis 1 (Biological Systems in Food).
The opportunity is open to newly qualified doctors (for no more than seven years) and a successful research track in fruit biochemistry and physiology, preferably with field experiments background, that will be carried out to obtain samples in plots surrounded or not by the Atlantic forest.
Molecular characterization of bacterial communities will be performed from the isolation of bacterial DNA and sequencing high-throughput of 16S rRNA.
(a) PhD degree in Food Science;
(b) Significant scientific production in indexed journals and conferences;
(c) Fluency in English;
(d) Motivation and ability to teamwork;
(e) Knowledge of fruit physiology and biochemistry.
Documentation for application
(a) Letter of introduction and motivation;
(b) Curriculum Vitae (maximum of four pages) including academic background, a list with up to 10 most important and relevant publications and the link to MyResearch ID or ORCID;
(c) Copy of PhD certificate;
(d) Letters of recommendation (one or two).
Application and deadline
Candidates should submit their documentation by email to forc [AT] usp [dot] br (forc [AT] usp [dot] br) with subject “FoRC PD Banana”. Recommendation letters should be sent directly by the author to forc [AT] usp [dot] br (forc [AT] usp [dot] br). The deadline for receiving all documentation is June 15, 2015.
The result of the selection process will be announced until July 2, 2015, by electronic means. The selected candidate will receive a Post-Doctorate fellowship support from FAPESP, amounting to R$ 6.143,40 per month for 24 months, provided exclusive dedication to the project and approval of research reports. The fellowship features a setup support for researchers who need to move to the city of São Paulo, Brazil, the institution’s headquarters.
More information about the scholarship can be found at: www.fapesp.br/en/5427.
To learn more about FoRC: http://cepid.fapesp.br/en/centro/21.