Ph.D. Opportunity – UPLIFT Project, University College Cork, Ireland

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Ph.D. Opportunity – UPLIFT Project: The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork (UCC) invites applications for a Ph.D. opportunity in the DAFM Funded “UPLIFT” Research Project. The project focuses on uncovering alternative protein potential through fermentation technology, specifically in the development of next-generation alternative protein foods using bioprocess innovations, smart strain selection, and exploring health impacts.

Ph.D. Opportunity in the “UPLIFT” Research Project

Designation: Ph.D. Researcher

Research Area: Development of next-generation alternative protein foods: bioprocess innovations, smart strain selection, and health impacts

Location: Initially based at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Cork for at least the first 12 months, followed by placement at the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC.


  • Hold or expect a First Class Honours or Second Class Honours Grade One degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Relevant Master’s degree holders are also eligible.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work effectively within a research team.
  • Desirable to have laboratory experience, and experience with food technology, formulation, or fermentation.

Job Description: The successful Ph.D. candidate will contribute to the UPLIFT project by developing smart strain selection strategies and innovative process technologies for fermented plant-based ingredients and hybrid fermentations of dairy and plant blends. The role includes the valorization of plant-based ingredients from fermentates and a comprehensive evaluation of the health impacts of fermented protein products, considering bioavailability, digestibility, and their effects on microbiome functionality.

Scholarship Details:

  • The scholarship has a value of €31,000 per annum.
  • Fees of up to €6,000 will be covered.
  • Stipend is contingent on satisfactory scientific results and publications.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their applications (CV with cover letter and references) by email to Dr. Tom O’Callaghan ( and Prof. Olivia McAuliffe ( with the subject line “UPLIFT UCC PhD Application.” The deadline for applications is February 16th, 2024.

Note: For applicants whose first language is not English, please refer to the English language requirements for UCC at The project is led by Dr. Tom O’Callaghan and co-supervised by Prof. Olivia McAuliffe (Teagasc) and Prof. Paul O’Toole (UCC).


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