PhD candidate

Plant proteins and Mycoproteins: Characterisation and food design

We are looking for two PhD candidates with a great interest in food protein science. The investigation of alternative food protein sources have become a worldwide priority. You will be given the opportunity to work in one of the world leading laboratories of Cereal and Beverage Science in UCC. The project will focus on the investigation of physicochemical properties and functionalisation of terrestrial protein sources for their integration in complex food systems. The scientific activities will be carried out in advance analytical chemistry, proteomic and microscopy labs as well as in an EU leading food processing facilities. This position is interdisciplinary, involving proteomics, analytical chemistry, food design, nutritional sciences as well as advanced rheology, sensory, laser and scanning microscopy and novel sensory techniques.

The studentship comprises an annual stipend for four years, in addition to fees at the EU level (approximately €6,000 per year). Non EU candidates may apply but they will have to cover extra fees themselves. The current stipend is €20,000 per annum. The project is funded for 48 months with a start date of September 2022.


How to Apply

Unique reference number GIANTLEAPS 2022

Applications (as a single PDF) should include a covering letter, a detailed CV and the names and contacts of two referees. Applications will be accepted until 31st of May 2022. Applications and informal queries, by email only to Dr Emanuele Zannini ( Please cite the position reference GIANTLEAPS 2022 only in the subject of all emails related to the PhD. Please check out our website for further information.

Cereal and Beverage Science Research Group

School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, College Road, Cork Ireland