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Dairy Research Post-Doc at Teagasc, Ireland

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    Dairy Processing Technology Centre
    Mobility Incoming
    Natural sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    Leading Researcher (R4) (Researchers leading their research area or field)


Opportunities in Cheese Research

Call for Applicants

Career-FIT PLUS: Career Development Fellowships in the DPTC


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND

Career-FIT PLUS is a trans-national scheme, co-funded by Enterprise Ireland and the European Union, for experienced researchers worldwide to develop their careers in market-focused applied research at the research centres including Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark as part of the Dairy Processing Technology Centre, Ireland. Teagasc Research Centre | DPTC Centre | CareerFIT Plus Programme


Dairy Foods, physicochemistry, structure function, microstructure, casein-polymer interactions

Target research areas:

  • Food structuring for development of Plant based dairy alternatives
  • Dairy food Structure-Function including for enhanced Health Properties
  • Casein- polymer interactions in dairy systems
  • Physicochemical influence on bacterial metabolic activity in food matrices
  • Reducing Carbon Footprint/GHG emissions in cheese production
  • Small solute entrapment and diffusivity within cheese matrices


Unique career development opportunity for researchers www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit-plus/

  • 36 month contract with Teagasc at its Food Research Centre Moorepark, Ireland, including secondment of 6-12 months in industry, short placements in key international research laboratories and possibilities to travel to key commercial markets
  • Excellent salary, plus family allowance
  • Industry-led research in centre of excellence for Dairy Processing Research and Innovation
  • Interdisciplinary and intersectoral career development training programme


Initial Requirements

Candidates should have experience of research in dairy and food matrices (preferably cheese) with publications in high impact factor journals; experience in advanced analytical methodologies such as rheometry and microscopy; and a high competency in English. Mobility criteria apply.

Career Fit Plus Process

Mobility Selected applicants will prepare a submission in conjunction with the academic mentor, Dr JJ Sheehan, and specific industry secondment mentors. Previous indicative success rates are 50%, while Dr Sheehan has achieved 100% success to date.

Dr JJ Sheehan

  • Dr. Sheehan is a senior researcher at the Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark and a Principal Investigator for a number of national research  initiatives with accomplishments in both academic and commercial fields. 
  • His research group is focused on investigating interactions between dairy matrix physico-chemistry, microstructure and the metabolic activity of bacteria entrapped within.
  • In addition, his group are working on metabolomic profiling of dairy foods based on herd diet, food matrix structure-function relationships, food colloids and casein-polymer interactions with a view to structuring dairy foods for new sensory experiences and development of food functionality using membrane processes.
  • Dr. Sheehan  currently supervises 4 post-doctoral scientists and supervises/co-supervises 4 PhD and 1 MSc students.  He has supervised 10 previous post-doctoral scientists and supervised/co-supervised 6 PhDs and 1 MSc to completion.
  • He has published ~ 60 peer reviewed  publications as well licensed IP to industry partners.  He is also the current Chair of the IDF Standing Committee Dairy Science and Technology and an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Dairy Technology.


Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest to: Dr. J.J. (Diarmuid) Sheehan, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Ireland. Phone: + 353 25 422232.

Email: Diarmuid.Sheehan@teagasc.ie

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