Full Job Title: Technologist – Crop Improvement (Ref: TECH/OP/0319)
We seek a highly motivated candidate to complete research tasks, encompassing disciplines including molecular biology, plant physiology, plan-microbe interactions and field-based phenotyping.
While a significant portion of time will be aligned with laboratory duties, periods of time will also be required to phenotype novel plant collections under glasshouse/field conditions.
He/she must be able to successfully complete designated research tasks and critically have a proven capacity for problem solving.
That said, daily functions will vary from field assessments to intensive glasshouse experiments, to laboratory-based tasks and associated data analysis.
Hence the ability to multi-task across several disciplines will be an essential competency for the completion of this role. As a core member of the Crop Science department, the successful candidate will also be required to assist in the design and implementation of operational procedures by glasshouse users in accordance with necessary plant hygiene requirements.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conduct lab-based experimentation to assist in goals of the department to support the development of stress resilient crop varieties.
• Utilize novel breeding techniques (e.g. genetic modification) to support functional genomics goals.
• Complete glasshouse experiments to investigate plant – microbe interactions for biotic stressors of economic importance plus plant growth promoting capacity of known bacteria.
• As required, field phenotyping of novel plant collections to investigate plant – stress interactions against biotic/abiotic stresses.
• Assist in the design and implementation of operational procedures by glasshouse users in accordance with necessary plant hygiene requirements.
• Assist other team members (e.g interns, PhD students, post-doctorates) as required in achieving their tasks.
• Candidates must have an honours Level 8 degree in plant biology or a related discipline.
• A postgraduate degree and/or research experience in a crop improvement discipline would be a distinct advantage.
How to Apply:
An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at www.teagasc.ie/careers.
Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to email@example.com no later than 12 noon on Thursday 21st March 2019.
Applications received after this time will not be considered.
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