Research Assistant, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

University College Cork
February 29, 2024
Offerd Salary:€30,025 - €39,908
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Contract Type:1 Year, Fixed-Term
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Research Assistant, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

1 Year, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Research Assistant with experience in packaging analyses, microbiological assessment, and physicochemical analysis of foods to support and conduct research on the development of novel sustainable food packaging. The aim of this SFI-funded project is to develop biodegradable packaging materials that exhibit biodegradable properties and barrier qualities comparable to those of plastics.

The successful candidate will be required to determine biodegradation, migration, antimicrobial activity of the developed packaging films, mechanical and barrier properties characterisation and perform shelf-life analysis during storage of selected food products packaged using the developed packaging films.

Qualifying candidates should possess a minimum qualification of a BSc in Food Science, Food Microbiology, Food Engineering or Material Sciences or related field and would benefit if they had previous experience in packaging research and microbiological analysis. Applications should prove competency in English language where relevant.

The candidate must possess excellent communication, planning, organisation, team working, practical, problem solving, and record-keeping skills. Experience in physicochemical and microbiological analysis of food products is essential. Experience in antimicrobial activity analysis, is highly desirable.

The candidate is required to work collaboratively with both UCC and TU Dublin as per the requirements that arise during the project.

Project Title: Sustainable Biodegradable Food Packaging System for RTE Products using Unutilised Agri-Food Waste (BioFreshPack)

Post Duration: 1 Year

Salary: €30,025 - €39,908 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see https: //

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Joe P. Kerry, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Tel: +353 4903798; Email: [email protected] or, Dr. Swarna Jaiswal, School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Technological University Dublin, Tel: +353 1220-6142; Email: [email protected]

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https: // 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 Thursday 29th February 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. and initiatives at https: // www. and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.


Contact Person : Professor Joe P. Kerry Contact Email : [email protected] Job ID : 074951 Contact Number : +353 4903798 Close Date : 29-Feb-2024 12:00

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