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31/07/2017

Meat Technology Ireland (MTI) is an industry-led initiative that will build a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheepmeat processing in Ireland. MTI is cofunded by Enterprise Ireland, industry and hosted by Teagasc, in collboration with DIT, UCC and the ICBF. MTI will be a one-stop shop for meat processing research and technology, serving as a hub to co-ordinate all beef and sheepmeat processing research needs for the sector. 

Meat Technology Ireland currently has two sensory science roles available - 

1. Contract Research Officer - Sensory Panel Manager

We are seeking a competent, driven and enthusiastic person to manage the comprehensive sensory science activities of Meat Technology Ireland. In particular, their role will focus on the recruitment and training aspect of a large external sensory descriptive panel to ISO standards, for the assessment of meat products. In addition to designing and executing descriptive sensory panels, the successful candidate will also lead large consumer trials on location at Ashtown. They will co-ordinate and design sensory trials (including descriptive, affective and discrimination tests) which will take place on an ongoing basis throughout the 3 year duration of the post. They will also manage the extensive collection of data, statistical analysis and interpretation of results and prompt reporting of outcomes to the relevant scientific groups, project leaders and collaborators within the MTI.The candidate will have excellent organizational skills in addition to the personal communication skills necessary to effectively engage withexternal sensory panelists, MTI partners and stakeholders.

The Research Officer will, while working in conjunction with other senior research staff, gain insight and experience into a variety of areas including the processes of project and budgetary management, the development of active collaboration with relevant national and international research communities; the development of communication and presentation skills, leadership and management skills, and overall career development.

While reporting to the hiring manager, the successful candidate will work directly with the MTI Research & Innovation Project Manager and participating company leads, to ensure research outputs from the project are seamlessly transferred and embedded in the MTC member companies. The candidate will be required to act within the MTI Memorandum of Understanding governing the management of confidential information. The candidate will be required to contribute to identifying opportunities and formulating solutions to facilitate progress for the participant companies and researchers involved.


2. Contract Technician – Sensory Science

The current technician role will require a candidate with strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, to set-up and conduct a range of sensory analysis studies (including descriptive, affective and discrimination tests) to support the on-going research activities of MTI. Under the guidance of the sensory panel leader, the successful candidate will primarily be responsible for the day to day running of the trained sensory meat panel, ensuring all sensory science studies are performed according to strict pre-defined protocols. The successful candidate will also be part of a research team whose focus is to improve meat quality for the Irish red meat sector. The appointee will have excellent organisational skills with strong attention to detail to deliver sensory projects to time and international standard, in addition to the personal skills to work well with external sensory panelists, MTI partners and stakeholders. They will also work with the MTI Research & Innovation Project Manager and participating company leads, to ensure research outputs are seamlessly transferred and embedded in the MTI member companies. The technician will, while working in conjunction with other senior research staff, gain insight and experience into a variety of areas including processes of project and Teagasc budgetary management, the development of active collaboration with relevant national and international research communities, the development of communication and presentation skills, leadership and management skills, and overall career development. The candidate will be required to act within the MTI Memorandum of Understanding governing the management of confidential information.

Full details and application forms can be found here.