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PhD position in UCD School of Biosystems Engineering/UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

Project Description

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team on the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded research project: “HyperMicroMacro: Multi-scale hyperspectral imaging for enhanced understanding and control of food microbiology”. The candidate will perform cutting edge research on investigation of microbial growth on food processing and clinical surfaces. Challenge tests will be undertaken using target microbes on various surfaces and the ability of hyperspectral techniques to identify these microorganisms in a single culture and as part of a mixed population and it will be compared with traditional microbiological methods and spectrophotometric techniques (including MALDI-TOF MS and hyperspectral imaging).
Key qualifications:
• Master (or equivalent) in Microbiology/Biotechnology or related discipline with a minimum of 2.1 honours degree. For conversion of grades, see:
• Basic lab skills are essential
• Experience in microbiology techniques, molecular biology, bioanalytical assays are considered merits
• Ability to drive and conclude their work independently, to take initiative and discuss/develop their own ideas including writing well-formulated reports and journal articles
• High level of competence in English language. Applicants who have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in the IELTS English language test. An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version of the IELTS is required

Funding Notes

The SFI funding provides a scholarship of €23,000 per annum (this amount includes the fees).


A minimum of 2 referee letters should be provided.

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