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PhD Studentship - Non-invasive assurance of dairy powder products

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship which has been established to investigate novel approaches for assurance of dairy powder products. The outcome of the study will be a suit of techniques applicable to the industry to predict quality (from sensorial to physical chemical characteristics) of dairy powders when they are used by consumers. 


The ideal candidate must have:

  • A relevant Masters or Honours degree (e.g. chemistry, food technology)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Diligence, resilience and enthusiasm.

Previous experience working with chemometrics, spectroscopy and in chemistry laboratory would be advantageous. 

The intended start date for this project is 01 February 2016, although there is flexibility either side of this date. The closing date for applications is 30th November 2015. Interested persons can contact Rell Sumner ( for queries around the application process and Marlon Reis ( for further information on the project.  

AgResearch is one of New Zealand's leading research organisations. We work for the benefit of New Zealand, collaborating closely with industry partners to achieve the outcomes they need. AgResearch's purpose is to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand's pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand. 

The successful candidate is expected to enrol in a PhD in Food Science, at the School of Chemical Sciences, the University of Auckland. Please contact A/Prof. Yacine Hemar ( for further information related to enrolment process and project details.