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Research Fellow - Environmental Economics/Ecology

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Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) Environmental Economics/Socio-Economic research/Ecology PD1/FE/0719

Basic Function:

The FaRMEcoS project will identify and outline the evidence base for novel, cost-effective measures to protect and enhance farmland biodiversity.

An important requirement to ensure appropriate targeting of novel ecological measures is to determine the quantity and quality of existing biodiversity features across the dominant farm enterprises and intensities.

In Ireland, there have been a number of studies that have incorporated habitat surveys of farmland, and methodologies to rapidly assess habitat quantity.

The proposed study will include analysis of existing datasets and assess the suitability of existing rapid assessment methodologies for a variety of farming enterprises and intensities.

This process will help assess the current state of knowledge and will also determine the number of new farm habitat surveys that are required in order to have a representative sample of each farm category within the selected research regions.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

• Utilise existing bespoke Teagasc farm socio-economic and habitat survey data to assess the farm demographic, spatial and attitudinal drivers of choice of biodiversity measures.
• Assess the cost of associated biodiversity measure implementation on farms of different types using Teagasc survey and expert judgement.
• Utilise spatial analysis to impute biodiversity measures on farms by combining Teagasc farm biodiversity survey data, spatial data and catchment models to estimate the benefit of biodiversity measure implementation.

Person Specification:


• PhD in Economics, Environmental Economics, Social Sciences, Ecology, Geography or associated disciplines.
• Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years post-PhD.


• Econometric skills.
• Agri-environment sectoral and policy knowledge.

Further Information for Candidates:

Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at

Teagasc do not accept Curriculum Vitae’s as an application for a position.

In order to apply for a post the relevant application form must be completed in order to be considered.

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 13th August 2019.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants. Canvassing will disqualify.

The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Athenry Galway, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 35678 Euro/year
Advert Published: 5 Jul 2019
Expiry date: 4 Aug 2019
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