One postdoctoral position is open immediately in the Plasma Research Laboratory at Clarkson University. The position is linked to a project funded through the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute to investigate electrical discharge plasma treatment on inactivation of microorganisms in liquid foods. The goal is to optimize and scale-up an energy-efficient plasma reactor that achieves >5 log reduction of pathogenic and other spoilage microorganisms in milk and fruit juices while preserving nutritional and organoleptic properties of the treated food. Research objectives of this project include:
• Optimization of the liquid plasma reactor
• Reactor scale up to increase the treatment capacity
• Assessment of treatment of raw milk, apple cider, apple, strawberry, raspberry, grape, and blueberry fruit juices contaminated with bacteria, yeast, and mold, and
• Examination of the physicochemical and organoleptic properties of the treated food.
This position requires a candidate with a strong work ethic, ability to work in a team, and excellent written and communication skills. The candidate must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD or equivalent in a relevant engineering or science field and publication record. Technical experience in electrical discharge plasmas, disinfection technologies, food science, or microbial analyses is advantageous.
Please address all inquiries and submit your application materials electronically including a cover letter, CV, three personal references, and two sample publications to:
Dr. Selma Mededovic Thagard, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Clarkson University (firstname.lastname@example.org)