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Towards Meat Industry 4.0 - technologies for improved efficiency in red meat processing

   Ashtown Food Research Centre

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About the Project


Industry 4.0 is a term coined to describe the fourth industrial revolution relating to an integrated approach to industrial automation to drive efficiency and sustainability in industrial settings. Industry 4.0 technologies such as sensors, data analytics, internet of things and robotics/cobotics have under-explored relevance to challenges in agri-food science. In this project, we will apply innovative sensor technologies and data analytics to research questions related to automation in beef processing and quality control. Gold standard feature reconstruction using dual energy x-ray computed tomography and virtual dissection will be conducted alongside detailed meat quality measures. Data from novel sensors will be recorded and bovine carcass features will be modelled using artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning approaches. The project is affiliated with Meat Technology Ireland and Irish Manufacturing Research Technology Centres and the student will be registered within the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis at MTU. Project outcomes will represent a step forward in the direction of Industry 4.0 for the Irish beef and sheep-meat processing industry.

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Applications are invited from graduates holding or expecting a First Class Honours or an upper Second Class Honours (2.1) degree in Chemistry, Physics, Food Engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants with a relevant M.Sc. degree are encouraged. The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and have good English communication skills (oral and written).


The scholarship funding is €24,000 per annum and includes University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and is tenable for 4 years.

Further Information/Applications

The successful candidate will be registered with Munster Technological University, under the academic supervision of Dr. Stephen Hegarty and it is envisaged that the candidate will begin their project in October 2021. They will primarily be based at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15. For further information please contact Dr. Ruth Hamill: ruth.hamill or Dr. Alessandro Ferragina: [Email Address Removed]

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Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications, experience and the contact details of at least one academic referee simultaneously to [Email Address Removed]  and [Email Address Removed]


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