Research MPhil Studentship at University of Greenwich - UK

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Improving/Predicting the Adhesion of Particle Ingredients of Food Products, Marie Curie BioPowders RTN

The research project forms one element of a Pan-European consortium of 8 Universities and industrialists.

This investigation will primarily be undertaken with The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich (, at Chatham, Kent.

The Wolfson Centre is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the field of particulate flow for the process industries.

Background and Rationale:

The aim of the project is to establish and further expand the knowledge base relating to the application of flavour and other value enhancing powder coatings onto food products.

The emphasis will be on particulate adhesion performance as a function of process history, and how this is influenced by particle formulation and environmental influences.

The design / optimisation of test equipment will form an important element of the programme of work.

A deliverable from the work will include the development of a model relating to the impact on adhesion properties of different surface and coating characteristics.

Knowledge of these parameters will enable more cost effective assessments to be undertaken of overall process efficiency levels.


The MPhil student will be supervised predominantly by The Wolfson Centre, although a placement of up to six months with the Technische Universität München will also form part of the research project.

Interaction with major European manufacturers regarding common process equipment configurations and operational practices will also be undertaken.

The investigation will incorporate a substantial element of shear property evaluation, taking into account process history influences on bulk particulate behaviour and shear behaviour in various types of laboratory equipment.

It follows that a sound technical background in mathematics and grasp of engineering fundamentals should be a prerequisite for the successful candidate.

Applications are invited for one 2 year position as MPhil Student.

Closing dates for applicants will be 28 March.

Student skills required

  • Candidates should be non-UK passport holders and have a good First or 2:1 degree in either an Engineering or Physics discipline preferably with content in Chemical, Mechanical or Instrumentation Engineering.
  • Experience and/or education in Solids Handling Technology would be advantageous, but not essential.
  • A good level of computer literacy is desirable (word, excel, PowerPoint), as are well developed communication skills in English (German or French also being highly desirable).

    A bursary for the 2 years research is available.

    Please send your full written CV with together with the name and contact details of two referees to:

    The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology

    University of Greenwich Central Avenue Chatham Maritime, Chatham Kent ME4 4TB

    Tel: +44 (0)208 331 8646 Fax: +44(0)208 331 8647

    Email: R.J.Farnish [at]

    Follow the links below for more details and application prospectus.

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