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Project Title: Exploring Microbiological Decontamination Strategies for Fresh Produce
Location: Holbeach Campus
Anticipated Start Date: 1 July 2019 or as soon as possible after this date.
Duration of Award: 3 years
Application Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 12 May 2019 (GMT)
Project Summary: Globally we face one of the most difficult times regarding foodborne disease outbreaks related to fresh produce, with an increase in the number of reported outbreaks associated with food of non-animal origin (FnAO) (European Food Safety Agency, (EFSA) Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ), 2013). Also the supply of fresh produce on an industrial scale has become a major challenge due to foodborne outbreaks from contaminated fresh produce increasingly reported in many parts of the world.
Physical and chemical intervention strategies have been developed for pathogen inactivation on produce for sale, however, the use of these techniques may be limited in their impact on the quality of the fresh produce. Also pathogen adhesion to the surface of the produce and internalisation can limit the usefulness of the conventional processing and sanitising methods.
Understanding of the complex biology of pathogens that contaminate and survive in the supply chain of fresh produce is just beginning to be understood. Also, due to the problem of adhesion and internationalisation of these pathogens, control strategies that help significantly reduce the likelihood of pathogen contamination and the susceptibility of fresh produce as a vehicle of transmission of pathogens are still needed: on the farm, during processing, and during packaging. (Allende & Ölmez, 2015).
This research seeks to tackle current food industry problems. Foodborne disease presents a consistent but frequently preventable threat to public health, and is responsible for an estimated 2.2 million deaths worldwide annually. The problem with fresh produce, such as lettuce and spinach, is that many people eat it fresh, so it misses the cooking step which would kill most pathogens, one reason why companies have relied on chlorine washing before sale. However the chlorine, commonly used in the agriculture industry to decontaminate fresh produce, can make foodborne pathogens undetectable according to new research.
The overall aim of this research is to review currently available and applied decontamination strategies in fresh food products, study the attachment process and internalisation of pathogens on fresh produce, review and identify effective microbial decontamination strategies at different stages of the supply chain, and review the impact of different microbial decontamination strategies on antimicrobial resistance in fresh produce.
This PhD studentship will be located at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), Holbeach. NCFM is a satellite campus of the University of Lincoln and it is a major resource for the UK’s food industry with over 250 major companies accessing courses, technical services, and research. Clients include the major national and global food manufacturing businesses and we collaborate with many international partners and universities.
Project Time Scale: From July 2019 to July 2022.
The successful candidate will receive a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum.
This project is fully funded by the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), University of Lincoln. The studentship covers both Home/EU and International tuition fees and a stipend at the RCUK 2018/19 rate of £14,777 per annum for a total of 36 months. The studentship is open to UK, EU and International students.
Supervisors: Dr Bukola Onarinde, Mr Mark Swainson, Dr Ron Dixon
PhD Candidate Specification/Eligibility criteria:
All candidates must satisfy the University’s minimum doctoral entry criteria for PhD studentships and must hold a first-class BSc degree or MSc/MRes degree in Food Microbiology, Food Science, or closely related science degree.
A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 7 (or equivalent) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.
Successful candidates should possess excellent communication skills and a strong problem-solving abilities. The candidate should be creative, diligent, resilience, enthusiasm, as well as have an interest in food microbiology and the application of scientific knowledge to the food industry.
How to Apply:
Candidates should submit their CV (including names of 2 academic referees), a one page covering letter, and personal statement outlining their interest, academic qualification and relevant research experience to Dr Bukola Onarinde email@example.com (CC: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com). The application deadline is Sunday 12 May 2019 and the interviews are planned to take place shortly after the deadline.
Applicants seeking additional information should contact Dr Bukola Onarinde (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the project in more details. Please quote (Advert/Job reference) in the subject of all email correspondence.
Heavy metal contaminated land covers a large expanse throughout Europe and is often considered unsuitable for agriculture. Certain biomass crops have been identified as capable of phytoremediating such land (including Miscanthus). This presents great opportunities, in terms of land utilisation and remediation, but also poses interesting challenges with the production of a now contaminated biomass fuel. The heavy metal uptake of this fuel makes it unsuitable for traditional thermochemical use. There is also an excellent opportunity to recover metals and raw materials from this fuel, which would aid in the EU’s challenge of finding new sources of raw materials and also render this contaminated fuel usable once again.
This PhD project will focus on the following issues:
The scholarship covers tuition fees for the PhD up to the value of the UK/EU fee level. Overseas students may apply and the student will be responsible for the difference between the UK/EU, and overseas fee level. The grant holder will also be exempt from paying bench fees.
As living costs are not covered by this award, it is assumed that the grant holder will be applying for a PhD loan from the government (£25,000) for the three years research in order to guarantee a steady income to support themselves during their studies. However, candidates may secure other funds to pay for their living and maintenance during their PhD.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez (email@example.com) or Dr Abby Samson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information and to discuss details of the application.
Applicants should have an appropriate Master’s degree. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate.
How to apply
To submit an expression of interest, applicants should submit: 1) a 2-page CV including a short summary of academic qualifications; 2) a 500-word section outlining their approach to the project and explaining how their qualifications and experience meet the requirements. This should be e-mailed to email@example.com. Please quote reference ENG008 on all correspondence.
Applications are open until the vacancy is filled.
Open for UK, EU and Overseas Students
Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level)
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