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Research Fellow - Soil Nutrient Science

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Job title: PD1 – Soil Nutrient Dynamics and Efficiency (Temporary) (Ref: 174)

Basic Function and background to the Role:

This Post-Doctoral Research position affiliated with the Farm Sustainability Tools for Efficient Nitrogen use (FaSTEN) research project will develop new knowledge to improve nutrient use efficiency on farms thus reducing potential nitrogen (N) losses to water and gaseous emissions to the environment.

As part of FaSTEN, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will work with the dynamic project team (including partners at Teagasc, University College Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology) to investigate different soil, environment and management factors affecting nutrient recovery by different grass sward types and cereal crops.

The primary role of this post will be to execute laboratory, microcosm and field based research studies on fertiliser recovery and nutrient dynamics in soil & grass and soil & crops (in conjunction with the project researchers) and to analyze, model and interpret the data generated to develop new scientific information for enhancing N use efficiency across different soils, seasons, crop types and management systems.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will also gain experience and be involved with supporting and supervising the PhD students on the project who will investigate various aspects of nutrient use efficiency and environmental sustainability in agricultural systems.

This post will include communication with a wide range of stakeholders, including policy, industry, advisory and farming community.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will contribute the final project outputs such as the generation of science based nutrient advice, a decision support tool for farmers and advisors and a number of scientific publications which underpin nutrient use efficiency on farms leading to agronomic and environmental sustainability in future.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

• To identify current knowledge gaps in nutrient use efficiency across agricultural soils and grassland and cropping systems and for reducing potential N losses and emissions to the environment.
• To help develop and manage the day-to-day tasks in a 3 year laboratory and field research programme to investigate the factors affecting nutrient use efficiency in agricultural systems.
• Management of project data and analysis, and help with day to day supervision of the PhD student.
• To generate data and information for the development of nutrient management support tools tailored to specific soils, environments and farming systems ad linked to the Teagasc, NMP Online system.
• Providing advice and communication with industry partners and farmer stakeholders.
• To interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications for a variety of audiences, as appropriate.

Person Specification


• PhD in Agricultural Science, Soil science, Environmental Science or a related discipline.
• Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


• Knowledge of nutrient dynamics and losses in grassland swards, incl.grass-clover and multispecies swards would be an advantage.
• Knowledge of agronomic and environmental indicators of nutrient use efficiency and environmental sustainability in agricultural systems.

How to Apply:

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

The closing date for this position is Friday 21st August, 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: Researcher
Location: Co Wexford, IRELAND
Advert Published: 22 Jul 2020
Expiry date: 21 Aug 2020
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