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Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 2 (PD2) - Food and Health - (Ref: PD2/MASTER/MP/0119)

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The successful applicant will be involved in a project relating to the testing of microbiome mapping workflows and tools in the food industry.

On the basis of the available microbiome knowledge, products, workflows, software packages, the researcher will utilize tools for rapid food and environmental microbiome testing by food processors to enhance food quality and safety, reduce withholding periods and reduce food waste as a waste management strategy.

The researcher will also be responsible for a number of activities relating to preventing waste, through biopreservation or fermentation, or adding value to waste streams/low value raw materials.


•Contribute to providing the food industry with standard operating procedures and tools for mapping the microbiota of food processing environments to improve food quality, safety and waste management.
•Contribute to the optimization of fermented food microbes and processes, including waste streams, for technological valorisation and gut health-promoting purposes.
•Assist in the design microbiome-based biopreservation processes aimed at extending shelf-life, therefore controlling waste, and improving safety and quality of fish and meat food products.



•PhD in Microbiology with experience in both wet lab and computational approaches.
•A minimum of 3 years and not more than 5 years’ relevant research experience.
•Demonstrated research and technical expertise in microbiome analysis (16S rRNA and shotgun sequencing).


•Experience in analysing the microbiomes of relevance to foods or the food chain.
•Experience in culture-based analysis of microbes of relevance to foods or the food chain.
•Experience in setting own research agenda.


Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at

Teagasc do not accept Curriculum Vitaes as an application for a position.

In order to apply for a post the relevant application form must be completed in order to be considered.

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 noon on Thursday 31st January 2019.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants. Canvassing will disqualify.

The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Fermoy, Co. Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 40662 Euro/year
Advert Published: 9 Jan 2019
Expiry date: 31 Jan 2019
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