A Research Platform for Singapore

Food Engineer (Plant-based Protein Structuring)

Posted Date:14 July 2022
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed term



TUMCREATE is a multidisciplinary research platform of the Technical University Munich (TUM) at the Singapore Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE). We are joining forces with universities, public agencies, and industry for the advancement of future technologies.

Our large-scale Food Science ‘Proteins4Singapore’ program is funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF). The Technical University Munich (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) join forces with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) to research plant-based proteins.

Please visit www.tum-create.edu.sg for more information about TUMCREATE.


Key Job Purpose for Position

You will be working in the team of Proteins4Singapore, a comprehensive research programme with renowned scientists of plant and food technology, food chemistry, and business sustainability. Interdisciplinary teams will generate state-of-the-art methods and techniques to ensure a sustainable protein supply in highly urbanized environments.


Research Field

This subproject will develop and characterize protein-based materials for new processing applications. One of the major goals will be to produce processible materials with desired rheological behaviour, potential for structure formation and pleasant flavour. The team will combine innovative food processing approaches like extrusion and food 3d-printing for the construction of food machinery in future food production.


Key Responsibilities

  • Characterize plant-based proteins by material characterization techniques
  • Characterize shear behaviour of plant-based proteins
  • Establish lab protocols and develop approaches and tools to characterize the structuring potential for plant-based proteins
  • Perform extrusion trials for the structuring of plant-based proteins
  • Analyse structure and texture of plant-based protein foods
  • Competencies and Qualifications Requirements
  • Familiar with extrusion technology as a tool for the formation of anisotropic protein structures
  • Familiar with structure – functionality relationships of food material
  • Experience with rheological and analytical characterization of proteinous materials
  • Good team player, able to work with deadlines and dynamic requirements
  • Self-motivated and quick learner who is passionate about latest trends and technologies
  • Positive attitude and desire to work in fast-paced environment


Job Requirements

  • A Master’s or PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Food Technology, Process Engineering or related disciplines
  • 1 to 3+ years of working experience on the indicated research fields and project management
  • Strong skills in English speaking and writing, problem-solving and communication


What TUM CREATE offers you

  • Competitive salary that commensurate with experience
  • Medical insurance
  • Good amount of leave/vacation days
  • Vibrant, modern and positive working environment in Singapore
  • Campus-sited office location with a host of facilities
  • In-building perks including gym, game room and coffee room



Please send your application including cover letter and CV to hr@tum-create.edu.sg.

We look forward to your application.