ORGANISATION NAMECardiff University
ORGANISATION COUNTRYUnited Kingdom
RESEARCH FIELDNatural sciences
CAREER STAGEFirst Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)
In collaboration with the Bang on Brewery in Bridgend, we have developed a fermented alcoholic beverage called Mel which combines honey harvested from the universities bee hives with plants used in herbal medicine.
The next stage of the development process is create a non-alcoholic version of brew in which we will replace brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with naturally occurring non-Saccharomyces yeasts which metabolize sugar but produce little if any ethanol (Contreras et al., 2014).
The use of yeast isolated from non-traditional sources to produce beer is not novel, a group at North Carolina University isolated a strain of yeast called Lachancea thermotolerans NCSU from a bumble bee which is currently being used to produce bumble beer. In preliminary studies we have confirmed the feasibility of isolating non-Saccharomyces yeast from the universities honey bees.
What is funded
Starting stipends of £11,358 a year for MRes/MPhil studentships (exact figures subject to confirmation of start date and an income assessment). The KESS2 scholarship will provide a stipend, plus c. £3K a year available to support project-related expenses. Fees will be met by the University.
Applicants for research MPhil at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:
- a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject.
You will have a degree in microbiology/molecular biology (2:1 or above) or equivalent experience gained working in the brewing industry.