Research Vacancies

PhD Fellowship in Food, Health and Sustainability

Job Posted: 31 May 2019
Closing Date for Applications: 21 Jun 2019
Department: Department of Food Business and Development
School: Cork University Business School
College: College of Business and Law
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: See advert for details


PhD Fellowship in Food, Health and Sustainability


About the PhD Fellowship

The Department of Food Business and Development, Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork (UCC) is pleased to invite applications for a PhD Fellowship in Food, Health and Sustainability. The successful applicant will have an outstanding academic record and an interest in applied research, together with an independent, ambitious, proactive and enthusiastic attitude. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, research-oriented Department and will be supervised by Professor Joe Bogue, Head of Department, Food Business and Development and Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of CUBS.


This full-time PhD position is funded for years 1 and 2, to include fees at the rate for EU students (currently €7,500) and an annual stipend of €18,500 p.a. (tax free) paid monthly (subject to a satisfactory review of progress at the end of year 1). Applications from non-EU students are welcome, but the difference between the EU fees and the non-EU fees must be covered by the student. The awardee will be encouraged to seek funding for Years 3 and 4.

Deadline for applications is on or before 12.00, 21st June 2019.

Project Description

By 2050, the global population is projected to surpass 9 billion people with a rising demand for quality, safe and diverse foods, spurred by globalisation and urbanisation, and is expected to increase in the coming years. Growing populations and demands for varied diets are putting pressure on limited resources such as land, clean water and green ecosystems, as well as causing negative impacts on biodiversity and wild life. The unsustainable patterns of producing food in contemporary society extend into the processing sector, retailing and household consumption. Food waste is becoming one of the biggest challenges in modern food supply chains resulting in high costs for firms, unnecessary financial loss for households and significant environmental damage. As food firms market new food products, they are now searching for innovative ways to appeal to consumers’ growing interests for healthy sustainably sourced, and marketed, food products. Digital media marketing, and in particular social media, is becoming an attractive marketing channel for firms to effectively communicate their sustainable practices to consumers. The way forward for the food industry lies in transforming each part of the supply chain and marketing strategies into sustainable practices that will support predicted growth in population, food demand and greener trends.

This multi-disciplinary research project will look at effective ways of shifting consumers’ patterns (e.g. children and the aging) in more sustainable and healthy directions. It will involve understanding consumer behaviour, food marketing practices for healthy consumption and policy implications. Project start date is 01 October 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I in a relevant undergraduate degree. If English is not the applicant’s first language, an applicant will need to satisfy the University’s English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 6.5- with no individual section lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL: 90 - with minimum scores as follows: Listening- 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing – 17

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit via e-mail the following three documents to Ms Catherine Maguire, Department Manager, Department of Food Business and Development at :

  • a) A research proposal (no more than 500 words);
  • b) A short cover letter describing research interests and experience and;
  • c) An up to date Curriculum Vitae, including contact details for two academic referees.

The closing date for the PhD Fellowship applications is 12.00 on 21st June 2019. Interviews will take place in July/August 2019. Informal enquiries before application should be directed to Prof. Joe Bogue at

Please note that applicants who do not submit the requested documents (and evidence of satisfying the English language requirements where required) by the specific deadline will not be considered. Every application will be acknowledged. The successful Fellowship awardee will have an anticipated start date of 01st October 2019

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