Research Assistant

September 11 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Position Summary

The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences has a long established international reputation as a centre of excellence in Food and Nutritional Research. It has highly experienced and qualified researchers in these areas and has been very productive in co-ordinating and participating in many national and international research projects. The School collaborates with other universities and research institutes both nationally and internationally in publicly funded research and development projects.

The ‘ReValue Protein' project is an ambitious collaborative multi-partner project which aims to deliver short to medium term exploitation opportunities to the meat industry. The objectives of this project revolve around recovery of high value protein from the meat processing chain. Enterprise Ireland (2008) estimated that 263 kg/head of ‘secondary by-products' is generated per beef animal processed. This represents a significant cost, as well as an opportunity foregone. Many of the secondary by-products are protein rich materials including edible offal, tendons, etc. which are currently sold to low value markets, as well as components that could be upgraded to food, pharma/biomedical grade. This project aims to develop/apply technologies to recover these proteins in a format that is appropriate for downstream applications.

A 10-month position is now available for a Research Assistant to work on a defined task within the project. The task involves measuring the bioavailability of iron, using the caco-2 transwell model, from proteinaceous material derived from bovine tissues. The successful candidate will contribute to the dissemination of these results through project meetings and scientific publications. Candidates should have an MSc in the broad area of Biological Sciences. Laboratory-based research experience in cell culture is essential.

Post duration: 10 months

Salary: €21,459-€33,930 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project title: Exploration of Irish meat processing streams for Recovery of high Value Protein based ingredients for food and non-food uses (ReValue Protein).

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