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Research Fellow - Agricultural Science

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Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) - DEMETER Project (Temporary) – (Ref: 147)

Basic Function:

The successful Post-Doctoral fellow will work on an EU funded project called DEMETER, which is associated with Building a Data-Driven Innovative and Sustainable European Agri-Food Sector through IoT.

This pilot focuses on prediction models of cow welfare and health based on analysis of streaming data from cow sensors. Appropriate ICT tools will measure relevant parameters on a continuous, real time basis.

Biochemical tests will also be conducted to confirm health status.

This project work will contribute to the capture and integration of animal behaviour and physiological data into a welfare and health scoring frame-work with progression to a reference system to increase animal well-being standards on dairy cow farms.

The Teagasc post-doctoral programme provides training and development opportunities for early career scientists that enhances their experience of learning and equips them with the necessary skills for the next stage of their chosen career in research.

Job Objectives:

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

• Keeping up to date with current literature and scientific developments in the area of animal behaviour, well-being and indicators of such.
• Design, organisation and conducting of project experimentation with other members of the project team.
• Conduct biochemical tests on-farm.
• Oversee the data flows and database set up, data management, analysis and interpretation.
• Writing technical reports, project progress reports and peer reviewed publications.
• Communicate with industry stakeholders.

Person Specification


• PhD in Agriculture or related discipline.
• Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


• Experience in dairy production and milk quality research areas.
• Experience in setting own research agenda.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, and view other vacancies in Teagasc, please visit

The closing date for this position is Friday 10th July, 2020 @12.00noon.

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.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 36301 Euro/year
Advert Published: 18 Jun 2020
Expiry date: 10 Jul 2020
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