MSc position Microbiology

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    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/06/2017 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Dublin



Teagasc MSc Walsh Fellowship Opportunity

Persistence and control of pathogenic E. coli in the primary production environment”

Walsh Fellowship Reference: 2014053


Applications are invited for an MSc Walsh Fellowship which will be carried out between Teagasc Food Safety Department and University College Dublin, Centre for Food Safety. The project will focus on verocytotoxigenic E. coli, a pathogen of significant public health importance. This MSc project will focus on factors which may impact on the survival and persistence of verocytotoxigenic E.coli in the primary production environment, with a particular focus on biofilm formation. Phenotypic analyses will be complemented by whole genome sequencing data.


Teagasc is a development agency of the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine which supports science-based innovation in the Agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy. The Teagasc food research programme focuses on research, development and innovation activities supporting meat and dairy processing, cereals and marine food sectors, in addition to food training and technology transfer activities. The programme in food safety aims to provide the science to underpin a total chain risk based approach to manage food safety in the “farm to fork” food chain and in the area of microbiology there is an extensive research programme and expertise on verocytotoxigenic E. coli.   


The MSc student will be based between Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin, Ireland and University College Dublin, Centre for Food Safety. The MSc will be awarded by University College Dublin.


Teagasc supervisor:  Dr Kaye Burgess, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin

Academic supervisor: Professor Seamus Fanning, University College Dublin


Qualification required:

Good honours degree in Microbiology, molecular biology or related discipline is required. The normal academic qualification expected for an MSc studentship is an Upper Second Class (Hons) Degree (2H1 or equivalent). All applications should be accompanied with copies of degree transcripts (translated into English) in order for the Graduate Studies Office to make a decision on academic eligibility.


Award: The MSc Fellowship is a joint research project between Teagasc Food Research Centre at Ashtown, Dublin and University College Dublin. A stipend of €22,000 per annum will be provided and university fees are paid by the student from the stipend. International students are eligible for the funding but will need to find their own support to cover the extra tuition fees chargeable to non EU students.


In order to apply a cover letter and up to date curriculum vitae should be submitted by email to kaye.burgess@teagasc.ie

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EURAXESS offer ID: 222128


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