[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD position: a Cobot and external sensors for optimal rehydration of dairy powders

Rudi Villing Rudi.Villing at mu.ie
Sat Jul 6 15:51:20 PDT 2019

Teagasc in collaboration with Maynooth University are pleased to invite applications to the following fully funded PhD opportunity until the closing date (5 pm on 12 July 2019):

The application of Robotics and Sensors for Post-Process Evaluation and Optimal Rehydration of Dairy Powders

# Background

This project will use a collaborative robot (cobot) to mimic stereotypical human movements used in the rehydration of dairy powders. Understanding such movements and their impact on the quality of the rehydrated product is critical to ensure that the final product meets the consumer’s expectations.

The undesirable rehydration properties of Infant Milk Formula and coffee creamers are well-known but current tests used to measure these properties can be time-consuming, subjective and can vary depending on the individual performing the test.

Therefore the ultimate objective of this project is to develop and evaluate potential new test protocols using the cobot that accurately reflect the real world rehydration of dairy powders by end-users and can measure the key quality control properties in objective and efficient manner.

# Award

The PhD Fellowship is a joint research project between Teagasc Moorepark and the department of Electronic Engineering, Maynooth University. The student will be based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre (TFRC), Moorpark, Fermoy, Co. Cork and will be registered at Maynooth University, working under the supervision of Dr Rudi Villing in association with Teagasc supervisor Dr Norah O’Shea. The PhD will be awarded by Maynooth University. The Fellowship will start the 1st of October 2019 and funding is €22,000 per annum and includes University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and is tenable for 4 years.

# Further information and applications

For further information, please visit https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.teagasc.ie_media_website_about_walsh-2Dfellowships_2019202-5FWF-5Fadvert.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Y5VldB2urmKaSBP4LFGFUq04KKsxQ_njgQNWRGmLo54&s=s7pPS4b-TZTE8J_pJHGzYKpLGmHGLqlOcA5LiQlcUBA&e=  and/or contact Dr Norah O’Shea, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Rep of Ireland. Email: norah.oshea at teagasc.ie / +353-1-8059717

To apply, Submit an electronic copy of curriculum vitae and a letter of interest with names and emails of two academic references simultaneously to: Dr Norah O’Shea at norah.oshea at teagasc.ie and Dr Rudi Villing at rudi.villing at mu.ie.

The **application closing date is 5 pm on 12 July 2019**

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