Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1)/Level 2 (PD2) - Crops, Environment & Land-Use

(Ref: PD1/2/CDM/OP/1018)

Basic Function of the post:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of an externally funded multidisciplinary project examining the fundamental soil chemistry governing the bioavailability of cadmium in tillage soil and its uptake by agricultural and horticultural crop species. This understanding will be used to optimise soil risk prediction models and develop strategies to remediate higher risk soils both through short and longer term strategies.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

  • Drive the daily operation of the project, interact with and co-ordinate activities of project partners, assist the Project Coordinator with the overall running of the project and with the completion of progress reports.
  • Devise, design and perform laboratory, glasshouse and field-based experiments to understand the factors governing the uptake of cadmium into crop plants.
  • Develop strategies and advice for mitigation that can be disseminated to stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with partner research groups that are developing novel detection systems to supply samples and contribute to the optimisation of these new systems.
  • Pursue the publication of results in peer reviewed scientific literature.
  • Contribute to the supervision of several multi-disciplinary PhD students assigned to the project.

Person Specification


  • PhD in one of the following areas, agriculture, agronomy, plant sciences, plant biology, soil chemistry or a related discipline.
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years' post-PhD.


  • A postgraduate degree and/or research experience concerning heavy metals (specifically cadmium) contamination of crop species would be a distinct advantage.
  • Specific knowledge of heavy metal interactions between the soil and plants and an understanding of current food safety legislation regarding heavy metal contamination of crop plants.

Further Information for Candidates

Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at https://www.teagasc.ie/about/opportunities/post-doctoral-opportunities/ Teagasc do not accept Curriculum Vitaes as an application for a position. In order to apply for a post the relevant application form must be completed in order to be considered.

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to teagascjobs@clark.ie no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify. The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

posted: 19 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.