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Research Officer - Sheep – Ref: DS1548

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Basic Function
The successful candidate will be required to develop, lead and implement a research programme with emphasis on some or all of the following:
Grass/forage intake and performance of ewes and lambs
Nutrient absorption and digestion
Meat quality
Hill sheep production

The research programme will be linked to the wider Teagasc sheep research which is aimed at increasing the performance of ewes and lambs on grazed grass and the wider Teagasc livestock programmes. The research will involve the study of the non-genetic and genetic factors affecting the intake and performance of sheep fed on a range of grasses, clovers and other forages. The hill sheep studies will involve using the existing network of BETTER Hill Sheep farms combined with the evaluation of different options for finishing of hill lambs.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

To develop and lead a research programme in the area of grass/forage intake, nutrient absorption and digestion and meat quality in sheep linked to the wider Teagasc sheep and livestock programmes.
To develop and lead a research programme in hill sheep.
To manage staff and resources assigned to the research programme.
To identify future research and funding opportunities and lead successful submissions for external project funding that is consistent with the Teagasc Research programme, with the objective of creating critical mass by building and supervising a dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers and post-graduate students.
To develop and maintain active collaborative contacts with other national and international individuals and research institutes.
To supervise, in conjunction with University partners, postgraduate students to Masters and PhD level.
To interpret and publish research results in the scientific and popular press, at conferences (nationally and internationally) and to stakeholders.
To liaise and build a strong dynamic relationship with Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Specialists/Advisors and key stakeholders in the agri-food industry.
To contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the group of Teagasc scientists in the Animal and Bioscience Department and the wider Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme and to develop and maintain active collaborative contacts with other Teagasc staff and students working in similar scientific areas.
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.

Person Specification

Candidates must have a QQI Honours Level 8 degree in Agricultural Science, Veterinary Science 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.

Post-doctoral experience in Animal nutrition/genetics would be a distinct advantage.

How to Apply

The relevant Application Form and Job Specification can be accessed on our website at

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Friday 25th August 2017.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Status: Researcher
Location: Galway, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 32729 Euro/year
Advert Published: 2 Aug 2017
Expiry date: 25 Aug 2017
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