Research Vacancies

PhD Fellowship in Supply Chain Sustainability

Job Posted: 31 May 2019
Closing Date for Applications: 19 Jul 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 Supply Chain Sustainability


About the PhD Fellowship

Supply chain sustainability adopts a holistic view of supply chain processes, behaviours and technologies that address pressing environmental, social and economic challenges. The complexity inherent in supply chain sustainability prompt a systems approach to address challenges faced, with a particular emphasis on leadership, hierarchical planning, scenario based decision-making, data analytics, stakeholder management and network design.

Cork University Business School engage with a range of leading global businesses in the supply chain management field across food & drink, medtec and pharmaceutical industries. This PhD Fellowship arises in response to the needs of such businesses in addressing these challenges. Research proposals (maximum 500 words excluding references) are invited from potential PhD candidates (scholars) that address specific aspects of supply chain sustainability. This proposal should clearly indicate: (i) the aims and objectives of the research, including research questions, (ii) the rationale supporting these, including literature reviewed, (iii) suggested methodologies relevant to this research and (iv) contribution to academic literature in this field.

This PhD fellowship provides an opportunity to engage this extensive network of businesses to pursue cutting edge research in a field of fundamental importance to business development and societal wellbeing. It also offers tutoring and/or supervising practical classes experience opportunities within established supply chain management programmes serving a range of industries and management levels.


This full-time PhD position is funded for 4 years, 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 each year). 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.

Deadline for applications is on or before 12.00, 19 July, 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 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:

The closing date for the PhD Fellowship applications is 12.00 on 19th July 2019. Interviews will take place on 8th of August. Interested candidates should submit via e-mail the following three documents to Dr Seamus O’Reilly, 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.

Informal enquiries before application should be directed to Dr Seamus O’Reilly at the address above.

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 01 October 2019.  

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