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Post Doctoral Researcher (Food Sciences & Environm

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  • Dublin City Centre / Dublin North / Dublin South
  • Not disclosed
  • Temporary full-time
  • Updated 01/01/2013
  • Magdalena Machelak
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Post: Post Doctoral Researcher (Food Sciences & Environmental Health) (5 year Fixed Purpose) Ref: NA/341/12 Application: <b


Post: Post Doctoral Researcher (Food Sciences & Environmental Health) (5 year Fixed Purpose)
Ref: NA/341/12


Please complete the online application form which can be found by clicking "click here to apply" below. You will receive an acknowledgement by email immediately after submitting the application. Interested applicants must attach a CV and fully complete the online application form as incomplete forms will not be accepted.  It is not sufficient to state "See CV" on the form. 

Latest day for receipt of applications in our online recruitment system is
1st January 2013

Late applications will not be accepted.

If you require additional information on this vacancy, please contact
Dr Catherine Barry-Ryan at

Please note, should you have any queries in relation to the submission of your application, support is available at telephone 01 402 3334, Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 17.00. 

You are also advised that you can only submit one application per competition.  Should you have any issues with your submission, please contact us.

The Role:

The School of Food Science & Environmental Health is seeking a Post Doctoral Researcher to work on a European funded project (FP7 SME Capacities) to develop preservatives for horticultural products based on dairy extracts.  The post would ideally suit a researcher with a strong background in bioactivity assessment and food product development.

Nature of the Post:

This is a 5 year fixed purpose contract which will run from date of employment until the end of the fixed purpose or on an earlier date if the funding for this post comes to an end, whichever is the earlier.  The purpose of this post is to conduct a research in the field of food preservation and shelf-life extension.
The provisions of the Dublin Institute of Technology Act, 1992 to 2006 and any subsequent Acts replacing or amending these Acts and any orders and regulations made under these Acts will apply.

Key Duties:
• Planning and conducting experiments for the development of preservatives for horticultural products based on dairy extracts
• Preparing reports for internal and external meetings and funding bodies
• To liaise with all project partners’ and relevant industries where necessary
• Preparing manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals
• Support and assistance with post-graduate and undergraduate research


DIT welcome applications from candidates who do not have a current or previous employment relationship with the Institute and who meet the following requirement:

• BSc (Hons.) and PhD in Food or Biological science
• Strong background in bioactivity assessment and food product development
• Evidence of a research profile and publication record, within the requisite subject area
• Knowledge of research techniques and methodologies
• Commitment to high quality research

• Knowledge of statistical packages, laboratory equipment control, report generation, etc.
• Record of having secured independent, competitive research funding
• Experience of research supervision
• Effective written and verbal communication skills with ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences
• Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team
• Knowledge transfer skills


This post is aligned to the Post Doctoral Researcher Salary Scale.  Starting pay will be at the minimum of the scale. 

€37,750 per annum
€33,975 per annum (10% reduction in the pay of new entrants to the public service contained in the National Recovery Plan applies)

Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. 

Hours of work:

A 37 hour week is in operation. Starting and finishing times to be agreed with the Project Director.


A probationary period of 12 months from the date the individual commences work will apply.  The appointee will be advised on his/her performance during the period. At the end of probationary period the appointee may be confirmed in his/her appointment, continued on probation for a further period or at any time during the probationary period the appointment may be terminated.

Annual leave:

22 days per year excluding any concession days that may be granted at Christmas and Easter.  Annual leave to be taken within the duration of the contract and as agreed between the Project Director and the individual. Payment for annual leave and public holidays will be made in accordance with the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997.  Pro rata holiday entitlements will apply to part-time contracts and contracts of less than twelve month’s duration. Holiday entitlement is earned against time worked.

Sick Leave:

The terms of the Institute’s Sick Leave scheme for Research Staff of the Institute will apply to this post.


The appointee will not be entitled to join the Education Sector Superannuation Scheme however the Institute has a PRSA in place.  A PRSA is a straightforward pension product that was introduced i.....

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