Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Packaging and Material Sciences Research

University College Cork School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

30 Months, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

The Food Packaging and Material Sciences Research Group in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences is a globally recognised and dynamic research collective in the fields of food packaging, food processing and material sciences. A primary objective of the research grouping is to tackle societal issues linked to these research areas in an attempt to deliver meaningful solutions. Not surprisingly, the research position on offer connects with this objective. Consequently, we are seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher to co-ordinate and conduct research funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). The primary objective of this DAFM-funded project is develop and demonstrate use of new generation, sustainably-active antimicrobial/antioxidant packaging materials (AAPM) for seafood shelf-life extension, enhanced safety, and reduced food and packaging waste, thus addressing environmental concerns associated with such packaging materials and formats, as well as unwanted food waste. Natural antimicrobial/antioxidant substances will be screened, optimised, characterised and subsequently integrated into novel packaging materials, including sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable polymers, to produce advanced multi-functional packaging materials with active features. Whilst potentially suitable for a wide range of food packaging applications, this project will apply and validate these AAPM technologies at laboratory- and industrial-scale for modified atmosphere packaging formats of selected fresh pelagic and demersal fish.

Under the direction of Professor Joe Kerry, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing, performing, analysing, and presenting research results to stakeholders. The successful candidate will join a team of multidisciplinary researchers, interact regularly with industry collaborators, have the opportunity for training and professional development and be presented opportunities to travel to various scientific conferences to present research results. Experience with engaging in collaborative research with stakeholder groups including seafood producers, packaging suppliers and scientific community is desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to assist with supervision of postgraduate students and lead and/or assist with the planning and execution of industry workshops, seminars, meetings, and webinars. The successful candidate will report directly to, and work closely with the Principal Investigator, Prof. Joe Kerry.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in Food Science, Packaging Science, Chemistry, Material sciences, Food Engineering or a related science discipline. Experience in packaging science, shelf-life analysis, chemical analysis, microbiological analysis, material science, chemistry, relevant analytical techniques, life-cycle assessment is desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research using a variety of methodologies and therefore, should be proficient in collecting and analysing qualitative and/or quantitative data. Candidates must demonstrate excellent communication, planning, organisation, team working, practical, problem solving, scientific writing and project management skills. The successful candidate must be able to work both independently at their own initiative and who can also work as part of a team.

Post Duration: 30 months

Salary: €39,522 - €46,906 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project Title: New Active Sustainable Packaging with Natural Antimicrobials for Shelf Life extension of Fish Products

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Joseph Kerry or Dr Malco Cruz-Romero, School of Food & Nutritional Science Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4903798; Email: or .

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 26th August 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

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Contact Person : Professor Joseph Kerry

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Job ID : 058571

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Close Date : 26-Aug-2022 12:00