Job offer in Ireland Food Chemist – KTP Associate

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

Cranswick plc is a fresh food manufacturer operating at the premium end of the pork and chicken markets, adding value to fresh pork through further processing at a number of sites throughout the UK. Our vision is to be the most sustainable meat business in the world.

We wish to recruit a skilled post-graduate to work in Cranswick plc (based at the Ballymena site) in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast on an 18 month project to apply a novel rapid evaporative mass spectrometry-based fingerprinting approach and point-of control interpretation pipeline to produce models for a number of economically important pork carcass quality deviations to enable their early and cheap detection at the slaughter line.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Hold, or be about to obtain, at least a Masters Degree in Food Chemistry, Biochemistry or a closely related discipline.
  • Proven relevant work experience.
  • Experience in relevant Food Analysis methods.
  • An understanding of food traceability and integrity processes*.
  • Experience in identifying and validating quality parameters in food.
  • Experience of designing, conducting, statistically analysing and writing up scientific experiments (demonstrated through completion of a student project or related work experience).

*may be demonstrated through the completion of a module, student project or work experience

Informal enquires may be directed to Karen McGeough, email: or telephone: 028 9097 3970. Further information about the Company can be found at Additional contact person:

Salary scale: £26,000 to £34,500 per annum. One of the key KTP benefits for graduates is access to a £6,400 training and travel budget over the 18 month project.

Closing date: Wednesday 11 September 2019

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 3 October 2019 

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email .

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.


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