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Teagasc Research Officer: Meat Scientist / Biochemist - (Ref. DS/1556)

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Basic Function
Teagasc seeks to appoint a Research Officer to contribute to the development,
management and leadership in the Teagasc Meat Research programme. A key function of the role will be to validate carcass management procedures for enhancement of meat quality. The successful candidate will be a key member of the meat research group in the Food Quality and Sensory Science Department and will have responsibility for developing an internationally competitive meat research programme aligned with the needs of stakeholders.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
· Leading and managing research projects in the area of meat science with particular reference to advancing product quality.
· Organizing and participating in trials in meat processing plants.
· Management of staff, students and resources assigned to the programme.
· Designing and managing experiments, performing statistical analysis and publishing results in scientific and popular press, at conferences and to stakeholders.
· Validation of concepts at laboratory level followed by translation to a commercial setting - the successful candidate will require versatility in both research and the transferability of technology as well as familiarity with unit operations used in the meat industry.
· Operation of equipment for meat quality analysis.
· Developing a research programme to support and expand the current meat research programme at Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown to continue to meet stakeholder requirements.
· Studying biochemical interactions underpinning product quality.
· Designing carcass management systems to optimize technological performance.
· Attracting external funding (FIRM, Horizon 2020 etc.) with the objective of developing critical mass in meat research, building a dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers(s) and post-graduate students(s).
· Supervision of Walsh Fellowship (post graduate) students in collaboration with suitable university and other partners.
· Developing and maintaining active collaborative contacts with the relevant national and international research communities.

This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. Job descriptions will be issued with offers of appointment.

Person Specifications
• Candidates must have an honours QQI Level 8 university degree in Food Science and Technology or a related discipline.
• PhD in a relevant discipline

• Post-doctoral or industry experience in meat science or a closely related discipline would be a distinct advantage
• Aptitude for multidisciplinary approaches.

How to Apply

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

Application Forms should TYPED and saved in PDF format and be submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Friday, September 29th, 2017. Following notification of the outcome of the short-listing process, candidates shortlisted for interview will be required to prepare a 10 minute presentation on “How I would develop a carcass management system for optimal meat quality” and to submit this presentation in advance (on request) and will be required to deliver the presentation at interview.
Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence. Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Status: Research Fellow
Remuneration: Starting from 32729 Euro/year
Advert Published: 11 Aug 2017
Expiry date: 10 Sep 2017
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