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Internships

Department Food Process Development

There are ongoing offers for internships in a variety of fields

  • Production of fat substitutes based on lupine protein: Development of methods for processing and recycling the secondary flows and production of protein and fibre fractions which are suitable for market introduction
  • Fractionation of plant based raw materials, like oil seeds (sunflower, rapeseed, linseed), leguminous plants and cereals
  • Characterization of proteins and fibres in terms of technofunctional and sensory properties
  • Modification of soy protein isolates to reduce allergenic potential. Analytic characterization of the effectiveness of the different processes on the molecular weight distribution and the sensory properties 
  • Development and production of plant based dairy products via fermentation
  • Development and production of meat surrogates from plant based raw materials using food extrusion processes
  • Studies on the use of residues resulting from the extraction of oil in the production of high-quality fish feed
  • Studies on substituting animal based materials in extruded feedstuff
  • Pasteurization of food using electric high frequency fields
  • Development and testing of model recipes using alternative plant based ingredients in baked goods, delicatessen, sweets, desserts and beverages

Contact:
Carmen Thiem
Process Development for Plant Raw Materials/
Food Process Development
Phone +49 8161 491-401
carmen.thiem@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

Department Process Development for Plant Raw Materials

  • Evaluation of different influences on the enzymatic modification of plant based oils for the production of biofuels
  • Evaluation of the influence the refining level of plant oils has on the technological quality of base oils for biolubricants
  • Production of base oils for biolubricants
  • Operation and optimization of a pilot reactor for the enzymatic modification of plant oils
  • Screening of enzymes for the enzymatic deacidification of plant oils using waste streams from the biodiesel production
  • Preparation of residues from plant oil production
  • Analysis of the substrate conditioning for lipase-catalyzed deacidification of rapeseed oil
  • Integration of the enzymatic deacidification of plant oils in the raffination process
  • Analysis of the regeneration capacity of immobilized lipases
  • Modelling the enzymatic transesterification of plant oils
  • Influencing the thermal properties of proteins with the help of chemical, physical and enzymatic modification
  • Extraction of usable fractions from waste materials from the agricultural and food industry

Field of study: Plastics Technology, Physical Engineering, Food Technology, Environmental Technology, Process Engineering, Technical Chemistry, Food Chemistry, etc.

Contact:
Carmen Thiem
Process Development for Plant Raw Materials
Phone +49 8161 491-401
carmen.thiem@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

Department Retention of Food Quality

There are ongoing offers for internships in a variety of topics in the field of food quality:

  • Chocolate technology
  • Development of physical-chemical analysis methods for quality evaluation
  • Influence of oxygen and light on the shelf life of food
  • Development of antimicrobial surfaces 
  • Decontamination of surfaces using innovative physical processes (for example gas plasma) 
  • Mycotoxin analysis

Field of study: Food Technology, Food Chemistry, Nutrition and Hygiene Technology, Environmental Technology, Process  Engineering, Technical Chemistry, Biotechnology, etc.

Contact:
Dr.-Ing. Peter Muranyi
Retention of Food Quality
Phone +49 8161 491-629
peter.muranyi@ivv.fraunhofer.de

  • (Student) Apprentice in the fields of Food Technology, Nutrition and Hygiene Technology, Environmental Technology, Process Engineering, Microbiology, Biotechnology, etc.

    from 1st of February 2017 to support our department of microbiology

    Responsibilities: Your responsibilities will include the preparation, execution and evaluation of microbiological studies in the field of food microbiology and packaging materials microbiology.

    Field of study: Food Technology, Nutrition and Hygiene Technology, Environmental Technology, Process Engineering, Microbiology, Biotechnology, etc.

    Contact:

    M.Sc.-Ing. Semra Güler-Kul
    Retention of Food Quality
    Phone +49 8161 491-625
    semra.gueler-kul@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

Department of Materials Development

  • Internship in the field of functional films

    With the help of different techniques for surface modification and coating we develop polymer films with barrier properties against permanent gases and vapours. Further development goals are the inclusion of active components in film laminates for food packagings as well as technical applications. These topics are being processed with commercial polymer materials as well as materials based on regrowing raw materials.

Example for possible topics:

  • Innovative packaging films
  • Coatings on paper and cardboards
  • Films for technical applications
  • Development of barrier films
  • Simulation of permeation processes
  • Testing methods for packaging

Field of study: Food Technology, Plastics Processing/Engineering, Process  Engineering

Contact:
Brigitte Mitterer
Materials Development
Phone +49 8161 491-501
brigitte.mitterer@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

 

Diploma / Bachelor / Master thesis

Department Process Development of Plant Raw Materials and Food

  • Diploma/Master thesis for students studying in the fields of Food Technology/ Process Engineering/ Food Chemistry

    We offer several topics within the department Process Development of Plant Raw Materials and Food

    Topics Overview: see internships


    Contact:
    Carmen Thiem
    Process Development for Plant Raw Materials/
    Food Process Development
    Phone+49 8161 491-401
    carmen.thiem@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

Department Materials Development

  • Diploma and bachelor thesis in the area of functional films

    With the help of different techniques for the modification and coating of surfaces we develop polymer films with barrier properties against permanent gases and vapours. Further development goals are the inclusion  of active components in film laminates for food packagings as well as technical applications. These topics are being processed with commercial polymer materials as well as materials based on regrowing raw materials.

    Example for possible topics:
  • Innovative packagings films
  • Coatings on paper an cardboards
  • Films for technical applications
  • Development of barrier films
  • Simulation of permeation processes
  • Testing methods for packaging

    Field of study: Food Technology, Plastics Processing/Engineering, Process Engineering, Packaging Engineering

    Contact:
    Brigitte Mitterer
    Materials Development
    Phone +49 8161 491-501
    brigitte.mitterer@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

  • Diploma, Bachelor or Master thesis on the topic of modelling and numeric simulation of permeation and sorption mechanisms in barrier films, suitable for students in the fields of Physics, (Mechanical) Engineering, Plastics/ Packaging/ Process Engineering, Food Technology

    Contact:
    Oliver Miesbauer
    Materials Development
    Phone +49 8161 491-522
    oliver.miesbauer@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

Department Development for Polymer Recycling

  • Diploma, Bachelor or Master Thesis for students in the areas of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Bio Process Technology, Mechanical Engineering in the area of Plastics Recycling

    Recycling plastics becomes increasingly more important since fossile resources are limited and harmful emissions have to be reduced. The Department for Process Development for Polymer Recycling at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging in Freising experiments with the solvent-based recycling of plastics (CreaSolv®-Process) and the interaction of solvents and polymers. This process enables us to selectively dissolve out one or several specific target plastics from complex plastic-containing waste materials and to produce ultrapure polymer recyclates.

    CreaSolv®-Process




    We are looking for comitted students who can work independently and assist us in different problems as part of a final thesis. The possible topics can be fitted individually to the interests and qualifications of the applicant. The main focus of the thesis will be adjusted accordingly (e.g. purely chemical, process engineering, analytical, theoretical, etc.)

    The thesis can be produced in German or English.

    For organizational reasons please apply not later than 3 month prior to the beginning of the theses.

    Contact:
    Tanja Fell, M.Sc.
    Department Development for Polymer Recycling
    Phone +49 8161 491-427
    tanja.fell@ivv.fraunhofer.de

    Fabian Knappich, M.Sc.
    Department Development for Polymer Recycling
    Phone +49 8161 491-311
    fabian.knappich@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

Department Sensory Analytics

 

  • We offer open positions for: Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations or equivalent in the field of neuroscience, biology, nutrition science or psychology
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  • Topic description: Impact of odour-active compounds on humans
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  • Applicants should have a strong interest in (behavioural) biological and physiological methods for biofeedback measurements (respiration, pulse, skin conductance/resistance, EEG, fMRI) in humans. Experience in human sensory assessments and statistics are desirable. The successful candidate should also demonstrate a strong understanding of chemical molecular structures.
  • The scope of the investigation is to examine odorants in terms of the effects of their odour, but also their physiological and psychological irritation on human subjects. Potential stressor effects, as well as the effects on wellbeing, should be characterised. The associations and behavioural responses associated with certain smells are also of interest.
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  • Applications should be sent to
  • Prof. Jessica Freiherr
    Department of Sensory Analytics
    Tel.: + 49 8161 491-302
    jessica.freiherr@ivv.fraunhofer.de

 

  • We offer open positions for: Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations or equivalent in the field of physics, chemistry (analytical or food) or physiology
     
  • Topic descriptions: Analysis of volatile organic compounds in relation to
  • -   human exposure (dietary or otherwise) and human/anthropogenic emissions
  • -   industrial and (food) processing emissions
  • -   emissions from articles of everyday use
  • -   food maturation and spoilage
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  • Applicants should have basic knowledge in the analysis of volatile organic compounds, in particular the techniques of proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS), gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and/or ion mobility spectrometry (IMS).
  • The different investigations on offer focus on issues relating to human exposure and pharmacokinetics (administration, distribution, metabolism and elimination; ADME) of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from diverse sources (diet, inhalation, etc.). Further topics of investigation are food spoilage in relation to the emission of their volatile degradation products over time, either from photooxidative or microbial spoilage, and industrial and/or (food) processing emissions for characterising chemical mechanisms that provide clues on the process status to enable intervention.
     

 

  • We offer open positions for: Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations or equivalent in the field of food chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry or molecular sciences
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  • Topic description: Analysis and synthesis of odour-active compounds and sensory evaluations
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  • Applicants should have basic knowledge in the analysis and/or the synthesis of organic compounds, in particular odour-active volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Experience in sensory tests and chromatographic analytical methods, specifically gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, are desirable.
  • The scope of the investigation is to analytically characterise and/or synthesise odour-active VOCs as potentially important odorants or contaminants in foods, plant materials or synthetic materials such as plastics. Target compounds will be identified by analytical parameters such as mass spectra, retention indices and odour properties in relation to the respective materials in which they are found. The synthesis of stable isotope-labelled analogues of the odour-active target substances is occasionally necessary in order to quantify these substances in the respective materials.
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  • Applications should be sent to
  • Prof. Andrea Buettner
    Department of Sensory Analytics
    Tel.: + 49 8161 491-715
    andrea.buettner@ivv.fraunhofer.de