Research Officer - Grassland Scientist

(Ref: DS/1534)


Basic Function:

To develop, lead and implement a pasture grazing research programme with emphasis on some or all of the following:

  • Pasture production and utilisation under grazing
  • Animal intake and performance under grazing
  • Sustainable grazing management systems
  • Grassland feed planning and budgeting

The research programme will seek to understand how underlying principles of grass physiology and sward dynamics affect the measured outcomes.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Develop, lead and implement a grazing research programme to improve the sustainability of the Irish grass-based ruminant production systems.
  • Design and manage grassland (grass/clover) experiments, perform statistical analysis of experimental data and publish the resulting data.
  • Manage staff and resources assigned to the research programme
  • Identify opportunities for cutting-edge research to address key knowledge gaps in grazing research.
  • Attract external funding with the objective of developing critical mass in the area, by building a dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers(s) and post-graduate student(s).
  • Develop and maintain active collaboration with the relevant national and international research communities.
  • Supervise, in conjunction with University partners, postgraduate students to Masters and PhD level
  • Interpret and publish research results in the scientific and popular press, at conferences (nationally and internationally) and to stakeholders

Person Specification

Essential

  • Candidates must have an Honours Level 8 degree in Agriculture or a related discipline.
  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Note: While a PhD is an essential requirement for this post, equivalent research experience may be deemed acceptable solely at the discretion of the Director of Teagasc

Desirable

  • Post-doctoral experience in grazing research would be a distinct advantage.
  • A proven record of scientific, per reviewed publications.
  • Been successful in gaining competitive scientific funding.

How to Apply

A detailed job description and application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at www.teagasc.ie/careers.

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to teagascjobs@clark.ie no later than 12 midnight on 8th of May 2017.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

posted: 07 April 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.