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Institute of Technology, Carlow Masters Degrees in Biological Sciences

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The ReNu2Farm project will explore the demand for nutrients and organic matter, at farm and regional levels, with the aim to make a map of regions in North West Europe with their specific nutrient and organic matter needs and propose alternatives to conventional fertilisers derived from recycling. Read more

The ReNu2Farm project will explore the demand for nutrients and organic matter, at farm and regional levels, with the aim to make a map of regions in North West Europe with their specific nutrient and organic matter needs and propose alternatives to conventional fertilisers derived from recycling.

The project is a large European collaborative effort and involves multiple research partners from academia and industry from Belgium (2), France (1), Germany (2), Ireland (3), Luxembourg (1) and the Netherlands (1). The project is funded by the Interreg NWE (North-West Europe) programme, part of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).

Specific Project Information

Nematode analyses will be done mostly using morphological approaches via microscopy based on appropriate keys. In addition, where necessary, molecular techniques will also be utilised to PCR amplify and sequence the 18S rDNA of certain nematode taxa. Data analysis by statistics and bioinformatics will also be carried out and various ecological indices will be calculated to assess the ecological impact of the novel fertilisers to the environment. 

This position will provide the opportunity to the successful candidate to complete a Level 9 Master Degree by research, specialising in the environmental field, and most specifically on the ecological impact assessment of recycling derived fertilisers.

• A literature review will be completed by both students as soon as they start to bring them to the state of the art in this area.

• The students will work closely with two Irish partners (Teagasc, University of Limerick) to investigate the impact of fertilisers derived from recycling approaches on the microbiota (nematodes, fungi and bacteria) of Irish grass land soil.

• The successful candidates will have the opportunity to interact in a multidisciplinary European wide research project with important environmental application for sustainable agriculture, with relevant stakeholders in Ireland and in project partner countries.

• The project will involve traveling to trial sites, taking samples of soil and plant material, extracting nematodes, identifying them morphologically, extracting DNA and RNA, purification and quantification of DNA/RNA, sending nucleic acid samples for sequencing analysis, curating and analysing sequencing data and preparing data for publication, both in highly specialised scientific journals, but also in popular science media and project technical reports as required.

• The projects will involve travelling to meetings and conferences as required. 

The successful candidates are expected to take up the postgraduate positions no later than September 2018.

Note: Postgraduate fees will be covered and a student stipend will be paid monthly for the duration of the project to each successful applicant.

Please apply to: Dr Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte () on or before 4th June 2018



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Plant endophytic bacteria such as. Pseudomonas fluorescens. offer an untapped resource of new antibiotics and other bioactive molecules. Read more

Plant endophytic bacteria such as Pseudomonas fluorescens offer an untapped resource of new antibiotics and other bioactive molecules. We have identified a number of such bacterial strains that have activity against important plant diseases and parasites such as the nematode Meloidogynejavanica (root-knot disease of many plant species) and the pathogenic fungus Pyrenophora teres (Barley leaf spot disease). We have sequenced the genomes of three such strains (Moreira et al 2016) and identified a number of chromosomal regions with novel potential secondary metabolite biosynthesis pathways. The first task of the project is to analyse these in detail using bioinformatics to compare with other pathways and to identify targets for gene inactivation. To demonstrate the potential role these pathways may have in killing M. javanica and P. teres we will use a targeted gene inactivation technique (perfected in our labs) to generate knock-out mutations in the key gene(s) involved in the synthesis of the bioactive products. In parallel, we will undertake an analysis of the metabolites produced by both the wild type strains and these mutants using HPLC, LCMS and GCMS with a view to identification of the pathway encoded bioactive compounds. Wild Type, mutant strains and extracts will be tested for activity against M. javanica and P. teres using bioassays developed in our labs. As time permits plant protection experiments in a plant growth room and greenhouse will also be undertaken. This project will be designed as a PhD programme with an international collaborative dimension.

Further information

These projects are funded under the President’s Research Fellowship Programme of the Institute, with the college fees and research materials and consumables covered. A small student stipend will also be provided. The successful candidates will work in the enviroCORE, which is the Institute’s environmental research centre, in a team of research supervisors and postgraduate students.

Applicants should have a primary honours degree (Level 8) in an appropriate discipline (Biosciences, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics, Zoology, Environmental Science etc.). They must also hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) undergraduate degree. The successful candidates are expected start in the postgraduate positions no later than September 2018.

To apply for a President’s Research Fellowship Scholarship, please email with the title(s) of the project being applied for, a CV and a statement (c.500 words) as to why this project is of interest to you. If applying for more than one research project, please list them in your order of preference.

Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2018



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This project will set out to assess the distribution and extent of damage caused by an emerging pest in Irish bean crops. the Bruchid beetle. Read more

This project will set out to assess the distribution and extent of damage caused by an emerging pest in Irish bean crops: the Bruchid beetle. It will also aim to monitor resistance emergence in a number of key pests for growers with resistance detected already in Europe including; pea & bean weevil (legumes), pollen beetle (OSR), cabbage stem flea beetle (OSR) and western flower thrips (strawberries).

Further information

These projects are funded under the President’s Research Fellowship Programme of the Institute, with the college fees and research materials and consumables covered. A small student stipend will also be provided. The successful candidates will work in the enviroCORE, which is the Institute’s environmental research centre, in a team of research supervisors and postgraduate students.

Applicants should have a primary honours degree (Level 8) in an appropriate discipline (Biosciences, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics, Zoology, Environmental Science etc.). They must also hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) undergraduate degree. The successful candidates are expected start in the postgraduate positions no later than September 2018.

To apply for a President’s Research Fellowship Scholarship, please email with the title(s) of the project being applied for, a CV and a statement (c.500 words) as to why this project is of interest to you. If applying for more than one research project, please list them in your order of preference.

Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2018



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Oats are very well suited to Ireland’s climate and there is currently a renewed interest in oats as a result of a growing appreciation of the nutritional and health benefits of oat grains. Read more

Oats are very well suited to Ireland’s climate and there is currently a renewed interest in oats as a result of a growing appreciation of the nutritional and health benefits of oat grains. This project will aim to (a) quantify potassium cycling through the oat crop growing season, (b) understand the mechanics of potassium cycling, and (c) optimise the nutritional agronomy of the oat crop. It is expected that this research will

  1. Expand our understanding of this important crop
  2. Enable the nutritional agronomy of the crop to be optimised
  3. Help form a firm basis for the Irish Oat industry to expand the production of this important functional food which is so beneficial to the human diet.

Further information

These projects are funded under the President’s Research Fellowship Programme of the Institute, with the college fees and research materials and consumables covered. A small student stipend will also be provided. The successful candidates will work in the enviroCORE, which is the Institute’s environmental research centre, in a team of research supervisors and postgraduate students.

Applicants should have a primary honours degree (Level 8) in an appropriate discipline (Biosciences, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics, Zoology, Environmental Science etc.). They must also hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) undergraduate degree. The successful candidates are expected start in the postgraduate positions no later than September 2018.

To apply for a President’s Research Fellowship Scholarship, please email with the title(s) of the project being applied for, a CV and a statement (c.500 words) as to why this project is of interest to you. If applying for more than one research project, please list them in your order of preference.

Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2018



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Novel formulations of bioplastics will be generated in this project with different characteristics of the ones reported in literature. Read more

Novel formulations of bioplastics will be generated in this project with different characteristics of the ones reported in literature. These novel bioplastics can have special interest as more ecologically friendly packaging materials with a low production cost. Moreover, the test results could inform as to the suitability of the materials for other applications such as surface treatment technologies, or encapsulation of bacteria or pharmaceuticals. Specifically, the project will set out to:

  1. Formulate organic bioplastics with incorporation of alternative marine collagen arising from waste products of the fish and shellfish industries.
  2. Characterise the marine bioplastics with physicochemical approaches and evaluation of their potential degradation and durability.
  3. Assess the biosafety and biodegradation of the marine bioplastics in the soil and sea/freshwater.
  4. Evaluate the deterioration of food stuffs using the novel marine bioplastics.

Further information

These projects are funded under the President’s Research Fellowship Programme of the Institute, with the college fees and research materials and consumables covered. A small student stipend will also be provided. The successful candidates will work in the enviroCORE, which is the Institute’s environmental research centre, in a team of research supervisors and postgraduate students.

Applicants should have a primary honours degree (Level 8) in an appropriate discipline (Biosciences, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics, Zoology, Environmental Science etc.). They must also hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) undergraduate degree. The successful candidates are expected start in the postgraduate positions no later than September 2018.

To apply for a President’s Research Fellowship Scholarship, please email with the title(s) of the project being applied for, a CV and a statement (c.500 words) as to why this project is of interest to you. If applying for more than one research project, please list them in your order of preference.

Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2018



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This project will aim. To Sample and isolate mycorrhizal fungi from symbiotic terrestrial orchidaceae. To morphologically characterise and identify the mycorrhizal fungi. Read more

This project will aim:

  1. To Sample and isolate mycorrhizal fungi from symbiotic terrestrial orchidaceae
  2. To morphologically characterise and identify the mycorrhizal fungi
  3. To test the propensity of selected strains as plant promoting symbiosis
  4. To establish diseases suppressant capacity of selected mycorrhizal fungi.

The outcomes of this research will aid conservation biology of an endangered species and support sustainable agriculture through the utilization of natural occurring organisms to enhance plant growth promotion and diseases control of crop species.

Further information

These projects are funded under the President’s Research Fellowship Programme of the Institute, with the college fees and research materials and consumables covered. A small student stipend will also be provided. The successful candidates will work in the enviroCORE, which is the Institute’s environmental research centre, in a team of research supervisors and postgraduate students.

Applicants should have a primary honours degree (Level 8) in an appropriate discipline (Biosciences, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics, Zoology, Environmental Science etc.). They must also hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) undergraduate degree. The successful candidates are expected start in the postgraduate positions no later than September 2018.

To apply for a President’s Research Fellowship Scholarship, please email with the title(s) of the project being applied for, a CV and a statement (c.500 words) as to why this project is of interest to you. If applying for more than one research project, please list them in your order of preference.

Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2018



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The aims of this project are to. Determine the capacity for feedstock production within a suitable catchment area for a cooperative type scenario. Read more

The aims of this project are to:

  1. Determine the capacity for feedstock production within a suitable catchment area for a cooperative type scenario.
  2. Determine the optimum mix of the available feedstocks to maximise methane yield, including the use of fermentation enhancers. It is expected that this project will give an indication of the potential for community based bio-methane production in the South East of Ireland.

Further information

These projects are funded under the President’s Research Fellowship Programme of the Institute, with the college fees and research materials and consumables covered. A small student stipend will also be provided. The successful candidates will work in the enviroCORE, which is the Institute’s environmental research centre, in a team of research supervisors and postgraduate students.

Applicants should have a primary honours degree (Level 8) in an appropriate discipline (Biosciences, Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics, Zoology, Environmental Science etc.). They must also hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) undergraduate degree. The successful candidates are expected start in the postgraduate positions no later than September 2018.

To apply for a President’s Research Fellowship Scholarship, please email with the title(s) of the project being applied for, a CV and a statement (c.500 words) as to why this project is of interest to you. If applying for more than one research project, please list them in your order of preference.

Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2018



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Increasing levels of physical activity decreases the risk of premature mortality associated with chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer (Matthews et al., 2017; Zhang et al., 2017). Read more

Increasing levels of physical activity decreases the risk of premature mortality associated with chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer (Matthews et al., 2017; Zhang et al., 2017). MedEx Wellness is a community-based chronic illness rehabilitation programme, which offers supervised physical activity classes to patients with a range of chronic illnesses. The aim of this research is to implement the programme in IT Carlow and evaluate the effectiveness of this rehabilitation programme for adults suffering from established cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes or cancer. The research will involve analysis of existing MedEx Wellness programmes, planning and implementation of the programme and periodic testing of participants involved. Adults suffering from established cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes or cancer will be recruited for the study and will attend IT Carlow for testing. On the first visit, a blood sample will be taken to measure total cholesterol, triglycerides, lipoproteins and insulin; participants’ height, weight, waist and hip circumference will be measured; participants will complete a questionnaire and some simple tests of strength and flexibility. They will also be given a device to wear on their leg for 7 days to monitor their physical activity. On the second visit, participants will perform attention and memory tests, a 6 minute walk test and set goals for their exercise programme. Participants will also be provided with a blood pressure monitor to wear for 24 hours. On the third visit, participants will take part in a beginner exercise class and complete specific tests related to their specific conditions (e.g. lung function test for pulmonary disease). After the testing visits, participants will begin the MedEx programme, which involves attending 2 exercise sessions a week for 12 months. At 3, 6 and 12 months, participants will repeat the initial tests in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the exercise programme.

For more information see http://www.itcarlow.ie



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