Post-Doctoral Researcher, SUSFERM, Centre For Sustainable Fermentation

University College Cork
July 19, 2024
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Post-Doctoral Researcher, SUSFERM, Centre For Sustainable Fermentation

11 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-Time Post

Position Summary

We are currently recruiting an enthusiastic and driven Post-Doctoral Researcher with a passion for interdisciplinary science and a desire to apply their knowledge to high-impact work aimed at investigating a sustainable climate-proof waste-to-protein system for developing feed-grade protein solutions (SC-Protein). Recent advancement in bioreactor design, cost- effective extraction and purification technologies and utilisation of low-cost substrate for Single Cell protein (SCP) production is reaching commercial scales and more protein-rich products are being produced. The concept of the SC-Protein project is to explore how cost-effective quality protein can be produced in a sustainable way without destroying the planet. The project aims to maximise agri-food industry waste resources efficiency by converting them into SCP for animal feed. SC-Protein is solution-oriented involving precision microbial fermentation, waste valorisation and advanced pre-treatment technologies that focus on developing a climate-proof resilient protein production system. Testing the feasibility and viability of waste-to-SCP production and market acceptance through stakeholder engagement are essential parts of the project. In the early phase of the project, the successful candidate will interact with a variety of stakeholders and beneficiaries of the entire feed supply chain and develop a deeper understanding of feed- protein challenges and proposed waste-to-protein biorefinery solutions for developing an indigenous alternative protein supply chain for Ireland. SC- Protein emphasis on sustainable food systems, transition to a low carbon economy, and agriculture adaptation to climate change. The programme is highly transdisciplinary and integrates expertise from Microbiology, Biotechnology, Advanced Pretreatment Technologies, Bioprocess Engineering, Bioreactor design, Downstream Processing, Food Engineering, and Nutritional Sciences. The candidate should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a good command of the English language and be highly motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team.

The successful candidate will join Dr Gaurav Rajauria and will be part of the SUSFERM Centre for Sustainable Fermentation for Food and the Bioeconomy, School of Microbiology; School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at UCC. Dr Rajauria's research spans multiple disciplines and will allow candidates to develop their skills in a variety of areas, including biotechnology, biorefining, biomass valorisation, advanced pretreatment technologies, microbial fermentation, bioprocessing and bioanalytical science. SC-Protein is a multipatterned project involving Teagasc (Ashtown) and Industry partners, therefore the candidate would have an opportunity to engage and build collaborations.

UCC is an accredited research organisation and as such can form hosting agreements with third country nationals (and non-EEA nationals) for the purpose of conducting research in the University.

Project Title: A sustainable climate-proof waste-to-protein system for developing feed-grade protein solutions SC-Protein

Post Duration: 11 Months

Salary: €44,347-€50,805 p.a. (IUA PD1 Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see https: // ore.ucc.ie/.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to: Dr. Gaurav Rajauria, SUSFERM Centre for Sustainable Fermentation, Tel: + 353 (0) 21-490-3167. Email: [email protected]

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https: // ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to [email protected], quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 19th of July 2024

No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff. We encourage applicants to consult our policies at https: // www. ucc.ie/en/edi/policies/ and initiatives at https: // www. ucc.ie/en/edi/implementation/ and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

Contact Person : Gaurav Rajauria Contact Email : [email protected] Job ID : 078352 Contact Number : + 353 (0) 21-490-3167 Close Date : 19-Jul-2024 12:00

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