Post-Doctoral fellow in Dairy Chemistry and Milk Powder Production (Ref: 1104)

    Basic Function:

    This competition seeks to recruit a highly motivated candidate to work as a post-doctoral researcher on an Enterprise Ireland funded project. The project is linked between one of Irelands main Dairy Milk Processors and the Food Chemistry and Technology department in Teagasc Moorepark. This position provides an exciting opportunity for someone to both learn and contribute to the area of food process engineering, dairy chemistry and analytical methodology. The research aims to provide critical information to improve powder solubility by assessing the entire milk powder production process and provide a greater understanding of the factors affecting the functionality of nutritional milk based powders. Duties will include assisting assessing and understanding the current wet processing and drying parameters affecting the functionality of nutrient-dense milk formulations. Travel to and from Teagasc Moorepark to Cavan will be necessary for data capture and trial work at the partner company.


    The main task of this project is to work on powdered milk formulations, under pinned by dairy processing and dairy chemistry. The position is based in the Teagasc Food Chemistry and Technology Department in Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork and will require a significant level of travel to the industry partner site. The role will require the successful candidate to be able to relate processing conditions to end-product functionality and to disseminate results to the wider project team. Teagasc – Moorepark conducts both fundamental and applied research on a wide range of subjects such as food science, dairy processing and engineering with a focus towards industrial applications.

    Background to Teagasc Post-Doctoral Programme:

    The Teagasc post-doctoral programme provides training and development opportunities for early career scientists that enhances their experience of learning and equips them with the necessary skills for the next stage of their chosen career in research. Appointees to a Teagasc Post-Doctoral Fellowship will be required to undertake a Level 9 Professioinal Diploma in Researcher Development delivered by University College Dublin (UCD).

    This professional diploma is a flexible, modular programme which embraces a blended learning approach to align with the Post-Doctoral Fellow's role in Teagasc. It is designed to develop competencies and transferable skills in research, professionalism, communication and career development. The majority of the programme is delivered online with the remaining elements delivered in-person at Teagasc locations. This blended approach affords the Post-Doctoral Fellow the opportunity to meet and network with other Teagasc colleagues. During the course of the diploma Post-Doctoral Fellows will have access to a full range of supports including the UCD library, writing centre and careers centre.

    This is a research focused training role, the primary purpose of which is to provide early career scientists with the opportunity to develop their research skills and competencies.

    The PD Fellow will, while working in conjunction with senior research staff, gain insight and experience into a variety of areas including the processes of project and budgetary management, publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals, writing grant applications, and attracting external funding; the development of active collaboration with relevant national and international research communities; the development of communication and presentation skills, leadership and management skills, and overall career development.

    Modules will be conducted under the supervision and direction of the Project Leader or other designated manager in conjunction with the Head of Department.

    A detailed job specification can be accessed on our website at

    To apply interested applicants are required to set up their profile on TOPJobs (, the Teagasc recruitment portal.

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    Closing Time/Date: Monday 22nd July 2024 @ 12:00pm

    Duration: 19 months

    Location: Food Research Centre, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork, P61 C996

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