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Technician - Rumen Microbiome and Animal Production

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Full Job Title: Contract Technician – Rumen Predict (Ref: CT/RP/GE/0619)(Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid)

Basic Function:

The successful candidate will work on a multidisciplinary collaborative project funded via ERA-GAS FACCE-JPI called ‘RumenPredict’ which focuses on the rumen microbiome and its role in improving animal production and reducing environmental impact through its manipulation.

Duties will include responsibility for liaising with research staff in Teagasc, UCD and the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, international collaborators, and postgraduate students.

Other duties include the collection of biological samples (e.g., blood, saliva and rumen digesta, maintaining of the GreenFeed system and collection of methane data from beef cattle, recording of feed efficiency and other performance data, some basic laboratory analyses and scientific reporting.

The successful candidate will also be involved with postgraduate student supervision and mentoring as well as dissemination of project results to the various stakeholders involved.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Collect biological samples (saliva, blood and rumen contents) and conduct detailed methane measurements using the GreenFeed system, nitrous oxide, and nutritional measurements on beef cattle and manage all aspects of the agreed research programme on these animals.
• Liaise with project leader, PhD students and team members from Teagasc and collaborating institutions (i.e. UCD and Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) to ensure effective collaborative data collection and coordination of sampling activities.
• Perform Health & Safety Co-ordinator Duties or such other Health & Safety Duties as may be assigned from time to time.
• 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.

Person Specification


• Candidates must have a Level 6 Specific Purpose in Farm Administration and/or a Level 6 Advanced Cert in Agriculture or a related discipline.


• A relevant Level 7 qualification would be a distinct advantage.

How to Apply

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 no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.

As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants.

Canvassing will disqualify.

Status: Technician
Location: Co Meath, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 29075 Euro/year
Advert Published: 7 Jun 2019
Expiry date: 26 Jun 2019
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