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Early detection and risk assessment of bovine subclinical mastitis related microorganisms and their potential survival during infant milk formula processing

   Moorepark Research Centre

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  Dr Triona O'Brien, Dr Uma Tiwari  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Background; New regulations states that the blanket use of antibiotics as a dry cow therapy to control mastitis is no longer an acceptable practice, and the food safety risk of mastitis-related microorganisms in the dairy chain must be determined. For early identification and quantification of subclinical-related microbes the development of suitable detection systems with the prediction of their survival potential will benefit safety and quality control management in dairy processing and production. Quantitate risk assessment will build on existing data and highlight future risk assessment needs for dairy research.

 Applications are invited for a PhD Walsh Scholarship in a project focusing on bovine subclinical mastitis-related microorganism identification and survival in the dairy chain. The successful candidate will join a team with a track record of success in this research topic, and have access to a research infrastructure. There will be opportunities throughout the programme for professional development training, conference attendance and international travel to expand your research interest.

Teagasc supervisors: Dr Triona O’Brien and Dr Geraldine Duffy

TUDublin supervisor: Dr Uma Tiwari 

Requirements; Honours degree in Microbiology, Food Technology, Food Science or related discipline is required. The academic qualification expected for a PhD studentship is an Upper Second Class (Hons) Degree (2H1 or equivalent). Laboratory experience with microbiological techniques and a full EU driving licence are essential, and knowledge of quantitative risk assessment is desirable. As requirement of TUDublin, all applicants, whose first language is not English, are required to hold suitable English test scores (

 Application Procedure; Submit an electronic copy of a Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest, which should include a short personal statement and the names and contact details of two referees, by emailing to [Email Address Removed] and [Email Address Removed] Closing date: 30th November 2022

Funding Notes

Award; The Scholarship funding is €24,000 per annum, including University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and is tenable for four years. International students are eligible for the funding but will need to find support to cover the extra tuition fees chargeable to non-EU students.

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