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Research Officer – Behavioural science/social science researcher - (Ref: DS/1533)

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Basic Functions:

The successful candidate will conduct research to support behavioural change associated with innovation adoption in the agricultural sector. More specifically s/he will conduct research to improve understanding of the psychosocial constructs which characterise and influence the individual as well as understanding their broader social environments and relationships. Particular focus will be on understanding farmers’ motivations for (non) adoption of technologies and improving innovation support delivered through Teagasc’s knowledge exchange support activities (education, advisory and training). Basic functions will include: data collection and analysis, dissemination, communication and stakeholder engagement, sourcing external research funds and supervision of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Co-creation and co-design approaches with end-users and stakeholders are expected to inform execution of these functions and lead to the production of tools to support knowledge transfer and decision making.

Main Duties and Responsibilites:

• Develop and execute a social-science based research programme on understanding factors supporting/hindering innovation in the agricultural sector
• Collect, analyse and interpret data using qualitative and quantitative research approaches.
• Interpret and publish results in prominent international scientific journals as well as technical and popular press, and present results at conferences and to stakeholders.
• Attract external funding with the objective of creating critical mass by building and supervising a dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers and post-graduate students.
• Supervise post-graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (where appropriate).
• Interact with stakeholders from the agriculture, food industry, government & state agencies.
• Liaise and build a strong dynamic relationship with Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Directorate and key stakeholders in the agri-food industry to ensure effective dissemination of research findings to advisers and stakeholders.
• Contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the Rural Economy Development Programme, and foster further collaboration and integration.
• Develop and maintain active collaborative contacts with other national and international research organisations and with other Programmes in Teagasc.
• 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.
• Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) process.
• Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.
• Carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department, Head of Programme or Director of Research from time to time.

Person Specifications:

• A QQI Honours Level 8 degree in economics, psychology, sociology or other related disciplines, with an interest in behavioural science
• PhD in a relevant discipline.

• Post-doctoral experience in behavioural research.
• Ability to write successful research grants applications.

How to Apply

A detailed job description and application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at

Completed Application Forms should TYPED and saved in PDF format and be submitted by email to 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.

Status: Researcher
Location: Dublin/Galway, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 31729 Euro/year
Advert Published: 7 Apr 2017
Expiry date: 7 May 2017
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