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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Food and Health

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Job Title and Reference: Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) - Food and Health - (Ref. PD1/CaFISH/MP/0219)

Basic Function of the post:

The successful candidate will work as part of a team based in the Biosciences Department located in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Their principal responsibility will be to measure the bio-accessibility and functionality of minerals derived from fish bone powder in comparison with existing mineral sources available in the market using in vivo studies.

They will be required to engage with stakeholders throughout the project at regular team meetings and to provide input into the final report.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:
• Assess physico-chemical properties of fish bone powder in comparison with calcium rich supplements available in the existing market.
• Compare profiles of in vitro bio-accessibility and bio-availability using simulated GI tract treatment and Caco-2 cell culture models.
• Prepare research manuscripts for high impacting peer review journals.
• Disseminate results and outputs in order to commercialise and capitalise on a potential new product.
• Mentor and assist students and early-stage researchers in the research group.

Additional Duties & Responsibilities:

• Interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications.
• Disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences as appropriate (Education and Public Engagement activities).
• Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and action plan.
• Comply with all relevant Teagasc policies and procedures.
• Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations.
- This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
• Actively participate in the Teagasc Post Doctoral Fellowship programme and review processes, and to undertake all Post Doctoral fellowship training and associated duties as agreed in the Training & Development Plan.
• Take up additional duties as they may arise and be assigned by management.

Person Specification:

This section outlines the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would be required to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.

Applications will be assessed on how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


• PhD in Microbiology, Biochemistry or related discipline.
• Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


• Experience in accessing the bio-accessibility and functionality of potential foodstuffs/supplements through in vitro testing.
• Experience in securing ethical approval for potential in vivo analysis.

Further Information for Candidates:

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 Tuesday 26th February 2019.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants.

The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 37222 Euro/year
Contact: Ms Ciara Buckley,
Senior Consultant,
Head Office,
Phone: 045881888
Advert Published: 7 Feb 2019
Expiry date: 26 Feb 2019
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