Netherlands: PhD Student Complex Molecule Separations & Processing for Protein at ISPT

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Job description

We develop new technology and methods to minimize and upgrade side-streams in food processing. The objective of this PhD project is to develop a methodology to systematically synthesize the optimal route for bio refining by conversions of raw food materials into the optimal product portfolio with (almost) no degradations and low-value side streams.
Three criteria are guiding: product quality, cost-effectiveness and eco-efficiency (water, energy, raw materials).


  • MSc in Operation Research or Food Technology, or a similar study
  • Experience with food process engineering or food quality management, thermodynamic and kinetic understanding, energy oriented process design
  • Operations Research modeling skills
  • Affinity with food processing on industrial scale and its economic aspects
  • Able to find a balance in industrial needs and scientific challenges
  • Education and/or relevant work experience in (Western) Europe
  • Fluent in English (both oral and written) and good communication skills
  • Comfortable with working in a multicultural team independent, result oriented, out-of-the-box thinking, creative and systematic entrepreneurial spirit and a hands-on mentality.

Conditions of employment

You will be hired by Wageningen University, Operations Research and Logistics group in close co-operation with the chair of Sustainable Production of Foods. The project is managed through ISPT. As a PhD researcher within ISPT, you will be part of the large community with over 60 larger and smaller companies. In the project participating companies are for example: Cosun, DSM, FrieslandCampina and Unilever. During your PhD period you will be invited to join educational programs and events where you will meet our industrial partners. After 4 years you are part of a strong network.


ISPT, the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (former DSTI and APPI)

ISPT, the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, is a partnership in which industry, universities and knowledge institutes work closely together to develop breakthrough technologies for application in different sectors of the process industry. Our ambition is “To support the processing industry with new processes and knowledge to provide them with answers to the limited availability of resources”. We innovate processes and make them increasingly sustainable. ISPT promotes the Cradle2Cradle philosophy by closing loops and preventing waste streams. So far, over 60 companies from the Food, Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, Chemical and Process Water Industries, together with 10 knowledge centers, have joined ISPT. The estimated budget is EUR 80 million. The research program covers all aspects from (fundamental) knowledge generation to technology implementation. More information about ISPT:

ISPT manages also the OSPT (Netherlands Research School in Process Technology). It is an interuniversity school in the area of Chemical Engineering and Process Technology

Additional information

This project is a cooperation between Wageningen University and several food-related companies (for example: Cosun, DSM, FrieslandCampina and Unilever). For more information please contact dr. Peter de Jong (cluster director ISPT) T +31 6 5333 9459, Jack van der Vorst (Wageningen University) T +31 317 482387 or Albert van der Padt (Wageningen University) T +31 317 482231


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