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Development of Novel Nitrate/ Nitrite Reduced and Nitrate/ Nitrite Free Meat Products


   Ashtown Food Research Centre

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  Dr Cristina Botinestean  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

PhD Opportunity: Teagasc is offering a Post-graduate opportunity in meat products development. The ‘No-2- Nitrates’ project (a collaboration between Teagasc, UCD and TU Dublin) is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It will develop novel reduced nitrate/nitrite and nitrate/nitrite free meat products including microbial and sensory validation. Processed meats are a key component of numerous prepared consumer foods. To remain competitive, producers must innovate to develop products that are healthy, safe, convenient, natural and sustainably produced. This is an exciting research opportunity to work on developing a range of safe and stable reduced nitrate/nitrite and nitrate/nitrite free meat products using novel formulation, processing and packaging. The PhD student will conduct research trials and will make use of the fully equipped state-of-the-art Meat Development Unit and the National Prepared Consumer Food Centre. The successful candidate will develop transferable skills through engaging with meat companies and ingredients companies. The PhD student will be registered at Technological University Dublin and co-supervised by Dr. Cristina Botinestean (Teagasc) and Prof. Jesus Frias (TU Dublin). Both Teagasc and TU Dublin will provide research training, technical and academic support. Requirements Applicants should have a primary degree (minimum 2.1) and/or an MSc degree in an appropriate discipline (Food Science or similar discipline). Non-native English speakers must display an adequate proficiency in English. The minimum level required for TU Dublin research programmes is International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 or equivalent for the overall average score and a score not lower than 5.5 in each category. All applicants should have a working knowledge of statistics, be highly self-motivated, cheerful, possess positive attitude and be prepared for laboratory and pilot plant based studies with modern analytical/food processing equipment. A full driving licence is also an advantage but is not essential. Stipend €18,000 plus up to €6,000 in university fees. Location: The student will be based in Teagasc (Ashtown, Dublin 15). Application Procedure: Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a Letter of Interest (as a single PDF file) to [Email Address Removed] Closing date: Thursday 30th June 2022

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