The Post-Doctoral Fellow will undertake sociological research on themes such as cooperation, power, governance and gender. S/he will apply sociological theory to undertake desk-studies and field research on ‘short food supply chains’ (SFSCs), with a particular emphasis on ‘values based supply chains’ (VBSCs). Qualitative and participatory methodologies will be used for empirical fieldwork, the results of which will be written up in the form of material for policy-makers and rural professionals; and journal articles. The successful candidate will be based at Teagasc’s Department of Spatial Analysis & Agri-Food Innovation at the Rural Economy Development Programme, Athenry. S/he will work within the communities of two EU Horizon 2020 project consortia involving 40 partners, the SKIN and CERERE projects.
Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:
• To develop a theoretical framework to inform empirical work
• To undertake high quality qualitative and participatory field research
• To analyse data an write-up findings for publication in high ranking academic journals
• To be part of an inter-disciplinary and multi-professional team and liaise directly with stakeholders and policymakers
• To present findings in a wide range of fora, including academic conferences and farming events
Additional Duties & Responsibilities:
• To interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications.
• To disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences as appropriate.
• To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and action plan.
• To comply with all relevant Teagasc policies and procedures.
• Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations.
This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
• To actively participate in the Teagasc Post Doctoral Fellowship programme and review processes, and to undertake all Post Doctoral fellowship training and associated duties as agreed in the Training & Development Plan.
• To take up additional duties as they may arise and be assigned by management.
• PhD in sociology or a related discipline
• Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD
• Experience in agricultural innovation studies
• Experience in communications methodologies
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/
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Completed application forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to email@example.com no later than 12 midnight on Friday 7th of April 2017. You are required to submit two samples of written work/thesis/publications, at least one of which is sole-authored. Each sample document should be saved as a separate document in PDF format and clearly named. Both documents should then be attached to your application email along with your application form.
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