An opportunity is available for a PhD candidate to produce a substantial body of novel work through three interrelated projects. Project 1 focuses on the vitamin D content of cow’s milk currently available in the Northern Ireland (NI) market and has a direct relevance to the dairy industry. Projects 2 and 3 will provide information on how the consumption of a vitamin D-fortified food product (cow’s milk) may affect the health and wellbeing of consumers. The overall project will provide the student with a variety of research experiences including collection of both commercial and laboratory data. Much of the data collection in projects 1 and 2 will require the student to liaise closely with various commercial partners and academic colleagues.
Applicants should hold ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only. All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in nutrition or a related discipline. Successful candidates will enrol on a full-time research programme, of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress, leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.