TEAGASC PHD WALSH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: “Farm-to-Gut: a project at the intersection of Food Science, Sustainability, and Nutrition Sciences to identify super Irish oats varieties”: Walsh Scholarship Ref Number 2022204

Oats have sustainability traits that make them a promising crop in the search for climate-resilient solutions to feed our growing population. Additionally, they have nutritionally interesting properties and a high potential to support human health: e.g. gluten-free alternative to wheat, improvement of cardiovascular disease markers.

The ability to deliver on these or any other health benefits, however, can vary greatly among oat varieties due to heterogeneities in nutritional composition, digestibility and functionality. It is therefore clear that, in order to maximize the health and economic potential of oat varieties best suited to climate challenges, it is necessary to ascertain their alignment with the growing needs and interests of consumers.

At present, there is ongoing work in Teagasc on field production and testing of cereal varieties that are climate-resilient and are suitable alternative protein sources. The main aim is to study the nutritional value of climate-resilient, Irish-grown oats (including nutritional composition, digestibility and health impact). This project will support decision-makers and stakeholders in the Agri-Food sector in fostering opportunities for differentiation of their oat products based on the nutritional composition and potential health benefits.

Applicants should have a primary degree (minimum 2.1) and/or an MSc degree in an appropriate discipline (Food Science, Nutrition Sciences, Sensory Science or similar discipline). For applicants whose first language is not English). Candidates must be highly motivated with the ability to work autonomously, as part of a multidisciplinary team. Previous laboratory experience and analytical skills are highly desirable. Writing skills, skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, and some project management skills are also an advantage.

As a student you will be primarily based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre (Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork) and will be registered at University College Cork under the supervision of Prof. Elke Arendt in association with their Teagasc supervisors including Dr. Daniela Freitas and Dr. Andre Brodkorb. The scholarship funding is €24,000 per year which includes €18,500 stipend, plus University fees of up to a maximum of €5,500. The scholarship is tenable for 4 years.
Further Information
Dr. Daniela Freitas (daniela.freitas@teagasc.ie)

Application Procedure:

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a short letter describing why you are motivated to apply for this particular position simultaneously to: daniela.freitas@teagasc.ie
Closing date: July 1st, 2022

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