17/02/2017

Research Assistant / Post-Doctoral Researcher

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University College Cork
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    03/03/2017 17:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Ireland › Cork
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    39

Position Summary

Project Title: Development of Dairy-based Nutritional Beverages for the Performance and Elderly Segments

Please note that this post may be filled at Research Assistant or Post-Doctoral Level depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

This project is part of a larger collaborative project (Dehydration/Rehydration Dynamics for Development of ‘SMART’ Dairy Ingredients) between University College Cork and Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark and is funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, through the Food Institutional Research Measure. The overall objective of this project is to build competency in the area of dairy protein chemistry underpinning dehydration/rehydration kinetics for development of milk protein ingredients with ‘SMART’ function for targeted and concept applications. The project addresses a current knowledge deficit within Ireland, whereby there is no systematic, targeted scientific approach to innovation in dairy protein powders for utilisation of milk for export, which is significant given the predictions for a 50% increase in milk production volumes over the next 5 years (Food Harvest 2020).

The global sports nutrition market is worth €2.7bn, with 49%, 26% and 25% of sales in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world, respectively. In particular, the ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage market has unrealised potential, with recent surveys highlighting that 71% of people would be interested in a high protein RTD product. The main reasons for this preference are convenience and thirst-quenching benefits. A critical limitation in the uptake of protein-based RTD beverages is a perception of too low protein content compared with reconstituted powder products. This is a major technical limitation, which this project aims to address. Much of the work conducted to date in the formulation and development of performance and sports nutritional products has focused almost exclusively on protein-dominant products for body builders and gym-goers. Recent work conducted by dairy ingredient and product formulation companies, market research and state agencies in identifying changing and future consumer trends indicates major diversification of the performance and sports nutritional products category.

The specific objectives of this project at UCC are to develop the fundamental and applied scientific understandings of ingredient interactions, formulation, processing and stability dynamics in complex nutritional products formulated specifically for Performance and Elderly Nutrition applications. Accurate and reliable understanding and prediction of functionality of dairy-derived ingredients in such complex formulated nutritional products will be key to opening up new applications and markets for such products.

The successful candidate will be part of the research group of Dr Seamus O’Mahony, which is a large group of approx 12 Postdocs, Research Assistants, PhD and MSc students. This position represents the final stage of a 3 year project, therefore all of the core methodologies and formulation bases have already been established.

The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork (UCC) has a long established international reputation as a centre of excellence in Food and Nutritional Research. It has highly experienced and qualified researchers in these areas and has been very productive in co-ordinating and participating in many national and international research projects. The School collaborates with other universities and research institutes both nationally and internationally in publicly funded research and development projects.

Please note that this post may be filled at Research Assistant or Post-Doctoral Level depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Salary: €20,459 - €32,930 (Research Assistant IUA Scale) €35,488 - €42,394 (Post-Doc IUA Scale)

Post Duration: 6 months

Additional comments

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr Seamus O’Mahony

Title: Lecturer in Food Science

Email Address: sa.omahony@ucc.ie

Telephone: 353-21-4903625

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Seamus O’Mahony, Email Address: sa.omahony@ucc.ie, Telephone: 353-21-4903625, on or before the closing date of Friday 3rd March 2017.

Supplementary Information on the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences  is available at the following URL: http://www.ucc.ie/en/fns/about

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

Criteria – Research Assistant

  • A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc, MSc or PhD in Food Science, Food Technology, Nutritional Sciences or Process Engineering. 
  • Some research experience is desirable but not essential.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills.
  • Previous laboratory experience and practices are desired.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High levels of initiative are encouraged.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.Key Duties and Responsibilities – Post-Doctoral Researcher

Criteria – Post-doctoral Researcher

  • A PhD qualification in a field/ discipline relevant to the area of investigation, i.e. Food Science, Food Technology, Nutritional Sciences or Process Engineering.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.Key Duties and Responsibilities – Post-Doctoral Researcher

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
UCC
Ireland
Cork

EURAXESS offer ID: 182329