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Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Agriculture and Food Science

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£36,932.10 per annum + fixed
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

The UCD Institute of Food and Health is a major campus-wide initiative at University College Dublin to develop and conduct world class, multidisciplinary research into food and health. The Institute is unique in bringing together leading academics from all areas of food and health research. This post is for a research fellow within the Institute.
UCD in collaboration with other Irish universities have led the development of National Food Consumption databases in Ireland since 1996, within the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance ( The National Preschool Nutrition Survey (NPNS) II is a collaborative FIRM funded project involving the establishment of a nationally representative database of food consumption in preschool children (1-5yrs) for the Republic of Ireland (ROI) to update 2011 data for this group. It will be conducted in collaboration with Muster Technological University and Technological University Dublin. The study will complement recently developed nationally representative databases (National Adult Nutrition Survey II 2022-2023; National Teens food Survey II 2019-2020; National Children's Food Survey II 2018-2019. This study will develop new knowledge to underpin public health policy and food safety and to inform new product development and product reformulation for Irish food companies in the context of life stage nutrition. This project will also provide new knowledge on compliance with healthy eating guidelines, obesity prevalence, determinants of food choice, relevant to national nutrition policy and obesity prevention, as well as new data to support for future food safety risk assessment.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

Salary: € 42,783

Appointment will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 07.03.2024

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:


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