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Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship Opportunity

Title: Bioprotein


This PhD study offers graduates an exciting opportunity to assess the quality and digestibility of proteins extracted from Irish marine, meat and dairy sources. The quality of proteins from different sources is an important question for human health and nutrition. The fate of these proteins during gut transit will be analysed using in vitro gastrointestinal digestion models. The bioavailability of the proteins across the intestinal barrier will be measured using representative cell lines. Data from these in vitro models will be compared and contrasted to in vivo data using the pig as our animal model. The PhD study will use diverse analytical methods, state of the art gastrointestinal digestion protocols, tissue culture and pig studies.

Applicants should have a First or Second Class Honours M.Sc. degree or B.Sc. degree with Honours in an relevant discipline (Biochemistry, Nutrition, Biomedical, Animal Science). The successful candidate should have an interest in and aptitude for laboratory–based research.


This PhD Fellowship starts immediately and is a joint research project between Massey University, New Zealand and Teagasc, Ireland ( This is a wonderful opportunity for a student to spilt their time between two world class research institutes in 3 different locations.

In year 1, the student will be based primarily at Massey University, Palmerston North under the supervision of Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson, developing expertise in pig trials. The student will then travel to Teagasc Food Research Centre –Ashtown, Dublin, Ireland to focus on protein characterisation. The final 2 years will be spent in Teagasc Food Research Centre –Moorepark, Cork, Ireland focussed on digestion and bioavailability studies both in vitro and in pigs under the supervision of Dr. Linda Giblin and Dr. Andre Brodkorb.

The 4 years fellowship funding is Eur€22,000 per annum (approx. NZ$37,000) to cover living expenses and university fees. The university fees will be approx. NZ$9,000 for New Zealand citizens (for non-New Zealand citizens it will be NZ$34,050 after the first year). There is additional money available to cover costs of travel between the institutes.


Further Information/Applications
Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson, Riddet Innovation, Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology (MIFST)
Massey University | Private Bag 11222 | Palmerston North | New Zealand
DDI: +64 6 951 7256 | Ext: 84256 Email:
Dr. Linda Giblin, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co.Cork, Ireland

Application Procedure
Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest to:
Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson ( and Dr. Linda Giblin (
Please include ‘2018049-BIOPROTEIN’ in the subject line

Closing Date: 30 August 2018