Assessment of the variability in protein content of cheese whey generated by Welsh cheese manufacturers using a combination of high performance liquid chromatography- mass spectrometry and immunological techniques – MRes Scholarship

 

Assessment of the variability in protein content of cheese whey generated by Welsh cheese manufacturers using a combination of high performance liquid chromatography- mass spectrometry and immunological techniques.

Aberystwyth University, IBERS

Project ID: AUM70004
Annual Stipend: £11,937
Application Deadline: 13th June 2022

Project Description:

There is a growing market for novel protein products and bioactives, and the company Volac have identified an opportunity to produce value added peptide products from the low value whey side-stream generated by manufacturing cheese.  Isolation of individual components can be added to formulations of food and beverages. This will require accurate time and cost-effective methods of analysis and an understanding of the variability of the protein content in cheese whey.  This project will involve a novel approach to developing a comprehensive analytical method for the determination of proteins of interest in cheese whey that will include HPLC-MS, electrophoresis and immunological techniques. These will be applied to test a range of cheese whey samples obtained from Welsh cheese manufacturers.

The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree, and be available to take up the studentship by 4th July 2022. The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the European Union’s Convergence programme administered by the Welsh Government. KESS II PhD scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners. (Applicants need to only apply, they do not need to search for partners.)

To apply, please submit the following to the Postgraduate Admissions Office by 13th June 2022

1. A completed Research Programme Application, an up-to-date CV and two references. Applications should be made via the online Postgraduate Admissions Portal at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/apply/#apply-online. Here applicants can provide us with their personal details, select their chosen course and upload documents in support of their application.

2. A completed KESS II Participant proposal form (put the reference number AUM70004 in the top right-hand box of the application form) and an up-to-date CV. KESS II application forms are available to download at the link below.

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/rbi/business/services/initiatives/kess/currentscholarshipvacanciesandapplicationforms/

Please email a completed KESS II Participant proposal form to pg-admissions@aber.ac.uk

3. A supporting statement of up to 1,000 words where you expand on your experience and interests and describe why you are a good candidate for this research studentship. Please refer to the Project Description. This can be uploaded via the Postgraduate Admissions Portal at the point of application or submitted via email to pg-admissions@aber.ac.uk

Value of Award: A stipend of £11,937. Each scholarship has an additional budget for travel, equipment/consumables and training to support your research. KESS II Masters Scholarship holders do not pay fees.

Length: Full-time for 1 year. (Theses must be submitted 3 months after the funded year study period.)

Training: The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS II scholar (The PSDA is based on a 60-credit award, which is an additional award to the Masters).

Eligibility: Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be an EU national and resident in East Wales on University registration, and must also have the right to work in the region on qualification. The Convergence Area means the following counties of Wales:

Isle of Anglesey
Gwynedd
Conwy
Denbighshire
Ceredigion
Carmarthenshire
Pembrokeshire
Swansea
Neath Port Talbot
Bridgend
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Caerphilly
Torfaen

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Ana Winters at alg@aber.ac.uk or 01970 823207

Quote Reference AUM70004

Closing date for applications 13th June 2022