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Biosystems & Food Engineering Research

Biosystems Engineers are at the forefront of the search for practical solutions to global problems.


Biosystems & Food Engineering (T248) MEngSc Research 1 Years FT/ 2 Years PT 

Biosystems & Food Engineering (T266) MSc Research 1 Years FT

Biosystems & Food Engineering (T238) PhD Research 3 Years FT/ 6 Years PT

Further enquiries

Contact School Office:
School Administrator
UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
Room 303 Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Dublin 4.

Tel: +353 1 716 7484
Fax: +353 1 716 7415

School Administrator
School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
Room 303
UCD Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4
T: +353 1 716 7484
F: +353 1 716 7415

Application date

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday December 13, 2018, with a view to interviewing shortlisted candidates the week of December 17th, 2018.

Applications: To apply, submit an electronic copy of your Curriculum Vitae (to include the names and contact details of two academic referees) and a cover letter outlining your motivation to Dr Tom Curran (, School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, University College Dublin.

For further information on this opportunity please see the AmmoniaN2K project website (

Research areas

The research team in Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin are actively researching a wide diversity of topics including the following:

Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Agriculture & Soil Resources
Environmental Technology
Environmental Modelling
Environmental Risk Assessment
Imaging and Computer Vision
Life Cycle Assessment
Risk Assessment and Traceability
Food Processing
Process Analytical Technology

The School of Biosystems and Food Engineering support a wide diversity of additional research projects:

FOG - Fat, Oil and Grease

Research Vacancies

UCD AmmoniaN2K Research Masters Vacancy

(with potential to transfer to PhD*)

Agriculture is responsible for most of the global atmospheric ammonia emissions, with domestic livestock and fertilisers the largest sources – Ireland's agricultural sector is responsible for 98% of national emissions. Though pig and poultry farms constitute a small proportion of total emissions, concentrations near these farms have been shown to have the highest levels of ammonia. The AmmoniaN2K project, which is led by University College Dublin in collaboration with the University of the West of England, has assessed the risk of impacts from atmospheric ammonia on Natura 2000 sites; focusing on emissions from intensive pig and poultry farms.

With Ireland's recent exceedance of the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (2016/2284/EU) limit for ammonia emissions, and required ecological assessment of sensitive sites, it is essential that the programme of monitoring and modelling carried out by the AmmoniaN2K project is extended. The AmmmoniaN2K team seeks to recruit a Research Masters Student with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in an environmental field in Engineering or Science. The successful applicant will initially focus on desktop modelling of abatement techniques relevant to intensive agriculture, with the intention of assisting EPA licensing and supporting Natura Impact Assessments.

Course fee

*Funding: €25,000 for 1-year Research Masters, starting in January 2019, with a view to converting to a PhD, subject to satisfactory performance. The funding covers fees and stipend

Enrolment and start dates

Starting in January 2019

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