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IT Sligo MSc. Opportunity
Investigating the efficacy of native Irish seaweed species as a sustainable source of novel anti-methanogenic compounds.
Background
The environmental impact of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, particularly from livestock and dairy production, has become the subject of major concern with regards to the future of sustainable agricultural practices globally. Approximately 15% of global GHG emissions are attributed directly to farming, with methane (CH4) production in the rumen of livestock considered the largest contributing factor. Although global calls to reduce animal production have gained momentum in recent times, the true economic cost to countries like Ireland, whose agricultural industry is dependent on such practices, is rarely considered. In light of this, alternative strategies aimed at reducing methane production through changes in the diet of animals warrant further investigation.
This project forms part of a larger multinational EU funded project that aims to investigate the effects that supplementation of animal feeds with macroalgae derived extracts may have on the levels of rumen methane production. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing, but limited to, I) nutritional analysis of selected macroalgae species, II) in vitro analysis of macroalgae extracts for their anti-methanogenic properties and III) identification and quantification of potential anti-methanogenic compounds therein.
Requirements
Applicants should possess the following;
• First or upper second class Honours BSc. in a related life sciences degree.
• Strong skills in; quantitative data analysis, scientific communication and report writing, organisation and problem solving.
• Ability to work autonomously, highly self-motivated and ability to meet deadlines.
• A full Irish driver’s licence and a willingness to travel.

Award
This project is a 2 year MSc opportunity, with the successful candidate based primarily in IT Sligo. The provisional starting date for the successful candidate will be September 2020.

DURATION: Funding will be initially for a maximum of 2 years full time Master’s registration. This research has potential to transition into a PhD up to a maximum of 4 years.

To Apply
Please send by email to Dr Owen Kenny, ([Email Address Removed]) and CC Veronica Cawley ([Email Address Removed] )

With
1) A detailed cover letter
2) A full curriculum vitae
3) Academic transcripts for each year of study
4) Contact details of two academic referees

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

Please insert the subject line ‘ITSligo President’s Bursary 2020’ with your electronic correspondence.

Closing Date for Applications: 17:00 local time, 21st of September 2020.

Funding Notes

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