Research Vacancies

Collaborative MSc Research Scholarship
Alltech and Institute of Technology Carlow

Applications are invited for a postgraduate studentship position (M.Sc. initially, possibly leading on to Ph.D.) at the Institute of Technology Carlow, to start autumn 2017.

The project is funded by Alltech Ireland (see, whose European Bioscience Centre is located in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

Alltech Crop Science provides natural-based solutions to agronomic and horticultural challenges facing producers worldwide.  The Alltech crop science products endeavour to address each stage of crop development, providing plants with precision nutrition and offering growers biological solutions that enhance traditional programmes. 

The company currently employs almost 3,600 staff worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in 80 countries. 

The graduate student will be based in the Institute of Technology Carlow but it is envisaged that they would also spend some time over the period at the Alltech’s Dunboyne facility.

This research program aims to further our understanding of the potential role of organic fermentation based products in sustainable plant parasitic nematode (PPN) management approaches.

In particular, the project will focus on determining how natural fermentation products interact with both plant parasitic and entomopathogenic nematodes.  The project also hopes to study the protective effects of these natural products on reduction of PPN infection in plants.

A major global challenge in future agriculture will be to maintain food security to feed an ever increasing human population.  The challenge grows bigger as the way forward to ensure this is via sustainable crop production strategies, and our planet and lifeforms on it cannot afford much more toxic pesticide inputs via current agricultural practices.  A major global threat to world crop production is due to plant parasitic nematode (PPN) infestations. In the UK alone it is estimated (DEFRA, 2010) that the cyst nematodes Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida are responsible for approximately a $70 million crop loss per annum in potato, or 9% of the UK potato production. This situation is graver in the tropics and if one considers PPN infestations in other crops.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in collaboration with a leading global biotechnology industry partner.  The scholarship is initially for a 2 year MSc position with a stipend of €16,000 per year, tuition fees and a budget towards Consumables.

Applications are invited by email simultaneously to:-

Ms Mary Yates, Research & Commercialisation Support Centre, IT Carlow
Dr Thomae Kakouli-Duarte, Dept. of Science and Health, IT Carlow

And should include the (i) candidate’s CV, (ii) the names of two referees (one of whom should be an academic) and (iii) a clear outline of why this postgraduate opportunity is of interest to the candidate.

Suitable applicants should hold or expect to hold a First Class or Upper Second Class honours relevant Science degree.
The closing date for applications is 20th June 2017.

For more information please contact the project supervisors:

Dr Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte,
Molecular Ecology and Nematode Research Group, enviroCORE, Department of Science and Health, Institute of Technology Carlow – email:

Dr Karina Horgan Associate Research Director Alltech – email: 


DEFRA (2010) Science search.
UNEP (2000) Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. UNEP Technology and Economic Assessment Panel. April 2000 Report. p 193.