Teagasc Research Technician - Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Ref: DS1555)


Changes in agricultural practices associated with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, World Trade Organisation negotiations, Kyoto and Gothenburg protocols and legislation such as the Nitrates Directive, have highlighted the importance of reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. There is a large active ongoing research programme refining agricultural greenhouse gas emission factors and investigating tools for reducing these emissions. Currently the greenhouse gas laboratory is very busy, analysing c. 50,000 gas samples per year for a range of Teagasc and collaborator research projects.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To analyse a range of sample types in the greenhouse gas research lab using gas chromatography and other related instruments.
  • To provide technical support to field sampling of greenhouse gases and operation of field equipment such as the photoaccoustic analyser, data loggers and soil probes.
  • To lead the administration, workflow, quality control and maintenance of the gaseous emissions laboratory supporting the greenhouse gas research programme.
  • To contribute to the management of samples, equipment and consumables.
  • To contribute to troubleshooting to optimise existing protocols/develop new protocols.
  • To ensure that equipment and facilities are operating at the highest level of efficiency.
  • To train technical staff, post-graduate students and researchers using the gaseous emissions laboratory.
  • To undertake quality control of laboratory analyses and ensure good data management.
  • To carry out electronic data entry of research samples for example using the Teagasc LIMS system and to record results.
  • To contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the agri-environmental research department at Johnstown Castle, and to foster and add to further collaboration and integration.
  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.
  • To actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
  • To fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and to co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes fully complying with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
  • To carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the post-holder.

Person Specifications:


  • Candidates must have a QQI Level 6 in chemistry, agricultural science, soil science, environmental science or a related discipline.
  • Data handling and computer skills.


  • Postgraduate training and experience in the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Use of stable isotope mass spectrometry.

How to Apply

The relevant Application Form and Job Specification can be accessed on our website at www.teagasc.ie/careers.

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to teagascjobs@clark.ie no later than 12 midnight on Monday 21st August 2017.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

posted: 10 August 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.