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UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health

Apply for one of the posts across the areas of food and nutritional science, microbiome science and medicine.

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What is UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health?

Addressing food and health challenges, in alignment with global and institutional sustainability goals and economic growth, requires us to find equitable and just solutions to the problems of global food systems. From primary production, food processing, supply chain, consumption, nutrition and health through to consumer behaviour, marketing and food integrity, the complexity of this challenge requires experts from multiple disciplines and sectors to collaborate in new and reimagined ways.

Building on our long-standing reputation for research excellence across food, food business, medicine and microbiome science, UCC Futures – Food Microbiome & Health will create a research environment that is able to respond with agility to established and emerging global challenges. Working with world leading academics and research institutions such as APC Microbiome IrelandTyndall National Institute and the Environmental Research Institute, and continuing our deep partnerships with Teagasc, the Health Service Executive and regional food and pharmaceutical industries, UCC Futures – Food, Microbiome and Health is uniquely placed to apply genuine inter- and transdisciplinary thinking to the complexity of global food, nutrition and health challenges.

UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health is a once in a generation opportunity to maximise the potential of our academic expertise and provide tangible, impactful, solutions to some of the most important global challenges of our time.

Applications Open

Applications are now sought for positions in the food microbiome and health areas across the schools and disciplines of medicine, food science, food business and law. 

These academic posts are a key part of the next phase of the UCC Futures recruitment programme. Building on UCC's existing significant expertise and capacity in the areas of microbiome, food and health, this programme of recruitment will drive a creative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to this area and provide transformative leadership that will further enhance UCC's outstanding research and research-informed teaching. 

Explore the posts below for more information on the posts and who to contact for informal enquiries for each.


UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health is looking for transformative and impactful academics and researchers in a number of areas.

About UCC

University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally renowned university where excellence in teaching and research is aligned with an inclusive and respectful environment, where all staff and students can flourish and thrive.

Founded in 1845, UCC is a comprehensive research-intensive institution comprising four academic Colleges, delivering a rich tradition of collaborative teaching, research and scholarship that has true global impact.

About UCC Futures

UCC Futures is an ambitious new programme of research prioritisation coupled with an innovative academic recruitment strategy across ten indicative areas of strategic importance that will build a foundation for economic, societal and cultural resilience and prosperity.

Our Vision

University College Cork (UCC) is committed to continually strengthening its research and academic excellence. UCC Futures enables a dynamic enhancement of research, support of innovation and translation of research to tangible solutions to address emerging societal needs and global grand challenges, to secure a better future for all.

UCC Futures is one of a number of measures that will support our society to thrive and to secure a sustainable future for all.

Professor John O'Halloran

President of UCC

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UCC Futures….will inspire, engage and enable our researchers to create the future.

Professor John F. Cryan

Vice-President, Research and Innovation, UCC

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UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health