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Research Officer – Food Microstructure

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Research Officer – Food Microstructure (Ref: RO/FM/MP/0718)

Basic Function
The successful candidate will join the Food Chemistry and Technology Department where they will take a leading role in Teagasc’s National Food Imaging Centre (NFIC) located at the Moorepark campus. The candidate will be tasked with building a research programme focused on food microstructure utilising the microscopy platform within the NFIC. The candidate should have an understanding of underlying chemistry/biology as it relates to microstructure focused on applications for the food industry. In particular focused on gaining insights in the following areas 1) behaviour of food structures during processing and the impact on finished products 2) microbiology (and associated molecular science) and/or nutrition/digestion.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Leading and managing research projects in the area of dairy science and food microstructure.
• Identification and development of emerging microstructural tools for end use applications in structured dairy products (yoghurt/cheese/curd formation) concentrates and dried ingredients.
• Identification and development of emerging microstructural tools for application in meat and cereal science.
• Using image analysis tools to understand the rheological behaviour of food materials during heating, concentration and dehydration processes.
• Developing soft matter approaches to understand food structure formation during processing.
• Designing and managing experiments, performing statistical analysis and publishing results in scientific and popular press, at conferences and to stakeholders.
• Attracting external funding (FIRM, SFI, Horizon 2020 etc.) with the objective of developing critical mass in food structure and dairy science.

Person Specification

• Candidates must have a QQI Honours Level 8 degree in food, material or biological science, or a related discipline.
• A PhD degree in a relevant discipline.

Note: While a PhD is an essential Requirement for this post, equivalent research experience may be deemed acceptable solely at the discretion of the Director of Teagasc.

• Post-doctoral experience in Food Science or a related discipline would be a distinct advantage.
• Post-graduate qualification in a microstructure-related subject and/or industrial microscopy experience.

How to Apply

An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 31st July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Status: Researcher
Location: Co Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 33056 Euro/year
Advert Published: 9 Jul 2018
Expiry date: 31 Jul 2018
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