Food Engineering PhD Studentship

on 3D Printing of Novel Foods (Galway, Ireland)

The inter-disciplinary Genetics and Biotechnology Lab of Professor Charles Spillane at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) seeks to recruit a talented PhD researcher to work on a collaborative project with Teagasc (Moorepark) on harnessing 3D printing for development of value-added dairy snacks.  Prof. Spillane’s lab is located within the Ryan Institute’s Plant and AgriBiosciences Centre ( at NUI Galway. See lab website:

The PhD student will work with other researchers within Prof. Spillane’s lab at NUI Galway who are working on 3D printing and 3D bioprinting applications. Key components of the PhD research project will involve research and development of a range of 3D printable edible inks composed of food-grade materials (including biological) with differing nutritional functionalities. The project is highly inter-disciplinary requiring a skills combination of food engineering, food biosciences & chemistry, materials science and nutrition, and a high capacity for experimentation and innovation with both engineering (3D printing) and biological systems (cells, tissues, food materials).

We seek applications from candidates with a strong and proven educational and experimental background in one or more of the above areas, ideally with experience of working in a lab/research environment and of generation of research outputs (publications, patents). Applicants with prior experience of working with 3D printers and food engineering are particularly welcomed. The successful PhD student will need to (a) have excellent communication and organizational skills; (b) be highly motivated and passionate about developing 3D printed foods; (c) be willing to work in a team environment; and (d) have a deep interest in food, nutrition and development of 3D printing as a disruptive food technology.

The 4 year PhD Studentship is composed of €24,000 per annum (consisting of a tax-free stipend with annual PhD fees). The PhD student will be registered on the NUI Galway Structured PhD in Plant & AgriBiosciences, and be based in the Genetics & Biotechnology Lab of Prof. Spillane at NUI Galway, supervised by Prof. Charles Spillane and Dr. Galina Brychkova.  

The position is available immediately. Applicants are invited to send their CV (with contact details of three referees) and a short cover letter to Prof. Charles Spillane [] before 9am (GMT) on Friday 18th January 2019 explaining their motivation and interest to join the lab to do a PhD research project on 3D printing of novel foods. The position will remain open until filled. Please put the reference NUIG 3DFOOD in subject line of your e-mail application.

The National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.