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Research Fellow - Animal Breeding and Environment

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Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) - Animal Breeding and Environment (Temporary) - (Ref: 181)

Basic Function of this post:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and implementation of a multidisciplinary collaborative project funded via Horizon 2020 (LC-SFS-03-2018) called ‘MASTER’ (‘Microbiome applications for sustainable food systems through technologies and enterprises’).  

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be recruited onto work package 3 of the project 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 both in Teagasc and the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, international collaborators, postgraduate students, and farmers. 

Other duties include the collection of biological samples, collation of methane from beef cattle and sheep, feed efficiency and other performance data, collection of rumen digesta, laboratory based microbiome analyses, in vitro and in vivo biological assays, genotyping and association studies, bioinformatics, statistical analysis and scientific report and manuscript writing.  

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.

Job Objectives:

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

- Collect biological samples (saliva, blood and rumen contents) and conduct and be responsible for detailed methane, nitrous oxide, and nutritional measurements on sheep and manage all aspects of the agreed research programme on these animals.
- Develop and conduct rumen metagenomics based laboratory procedures and liaise with laboratory staff in collaborating institutions (i.e. Teagasc and Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) to ensure effective collaborative data analysis.
- Conduct genotyping, bioinformatics and statistical analysis of genomic data, assess putative DNA-based biomarkers associated with feed efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in cattle.
- Manage and be responsible for direction of the postgraduate student, technical staff, protocol review, and collaboration with research staff



- PhD in Molecular Biology and/or Animal Science.
- Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


- Knowledge of rumen microbiology, genetics/genomics and bioinformatics.
- Experience of organising and conducting ruminant-based research projects.

How to Apply

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

The closing date for this position is Thursday 1st October 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: AthenryCo. Galway,, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 36302 Euro/year
Advert Published: 14 Sep 2020
Expiry date: 1 Oct 2020
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