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Teagasc Research Officer - Suckler and Dairy Calf-To-Beef (2 Posts)

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Teagasc Research Officer - Suckler and Dairy Calf-To-Beef (2 Posts) - (Ref. RO/GE/0518)

Basic Functions
To develop, lead and implement a research programme in the area of grass-based systems of beef production (both suckler and dairy calf-to-beef) with particular emphasis on:
• Profitable and sustainable grass-based systems of beef production.
• Factors affecting animal performance at pasture.
• Grass production and utlilisation.
• Genetic factors influencing beef productivity.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop, lead and implement a research programme for grass-based beef production systems (suckler or dairy calf-to-beef).
• Design and manage experiments and perform statistical analysis of experimental data.
• Manage staff and resources assigned to the research programme.
• Identify opportunities for cutting-edge research to address key knowledge gaps.
• Lead successful submissions for external funding that are consistent with the Teagasc research programme, with the objective of developing critical mass in the area by building and supervising 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.
• Work closely with Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Specialists/Advisors to ensure effective dissemination of research findings to advisers and stakeholders.
• 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.
• Contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the Livestock System Department, and foster and add to further collaboration and integration.
• 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.
• Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
• Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
• 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.

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. Duties and responsibilities will be reviewed with the post-holder from time to time.

Person Specification:
• Candidates must have a:
o QQI Honours Level 8 degree in Agriculture Science or a related discipline.
o 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.

• Deep knowledge of the principles of grass-based beef production research.

• Post-doctoral experience on grass-based beef research would be a distinct advantage.
• Working knowledge of the Irish beef industry and national and EU policy and legislation affecting the sector.

Note: The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.

An Application Form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc website at

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to teagascjobs @ no later than 12 midnight on Tuesday 29th May 2018.

Status: Researcher
Remuneration: Starting from 33056 Euro/year
Advert Published: 4 May 2018
Expiry date: 29 May 2018
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