Ireland : Ph.D food packaging for European Students

Ireland : Ph.D food packaging for European Students

The Food Packaging Group in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at UCC is a dynamic research group working in the areas of Food packaging development and packaging application for food and beverage products. The post-doctoral position offered would provide a candidate with an exciting opportunity to work within a research active environment that is closely aligned to food, beverage and packaging industries. The candidate required for the post must have a Ph.D. in the area of food packaging, have worked with smart packaging materials and nanotechnologies and have an interactive knowledge of packaging testing and assessment.

Project: FIRM – Packaging and Chilling Technologies to Enhance Meat Quality and Safety

Post Duration: 2 years 8 months

Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development.  The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI).  It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.


  • A PhD qualification.
  • 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.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr Joe O. Kerry

Title: Senior College Lecturer and Head of the Food Packaging Group

Email Address: [email protected]

Telephone: +353-21-4903798

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Joe Kerry, Email Address: [email protected], Telephone: +353-21-4903798, on or before the closing date of 24th September 2014.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 24 September 2014

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