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Research Officer - Crop Scientist

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Basic Function:

The successful candidate will be part of a team that conducts crop agronomy / physiology research, and will lead research initiatives to support the development of the growing oats sector.


The tillage sector in Ireland occupies ~ 300,000 ha and underpins the Irish agri-food industry through the supply of animal feedstock and as the raw material for Irelandís important brewing and distilling industries and also some food products.

Teagasc is the leading research and development organisation in Ireland in the fields of food and agriculture research and currently has a vacancy for a research officer, with experience in crop agronomy/physiology at its Crops Research Centre at Oak Park, Carlow.

The primary objective of the work programme at Oak Park is to support the sustainability, productivity and profitability of the Irish crops sector through the completion of innovative, through-to-practise research.

The task ahead is to adapt to new challenges in developing sustainable and environmentally sensitive crop production systems under the guidelines of the EUís Farm to Fork strategy.

Our research programme deploys a broad range of disciplinary expertise covering pathology, agronomy, entomology, computational biology and molecular genetics plus plant breeding that utilises conventional and genomics-based strategies.

Research staff work as part of a team with technical support and also develop active collaborations with national, and International research bodies.

We have an extensive experimental land resource and a comprehensive range of plot specific equipment including RTK GPS, and crop measurement/phenotyping capacity.

In addition, the laboratories and workshops at the Centre are equipped with the most up-to-date technology for compositional, analytical and/or genomics-based research purposes.

This ensures that research and services at Oak Park are of the highest quality enabling Irish agriculture to keep pace with advancements in technology development.

Our departmental research programme is split across 10 teams, each directed by a research officer, who leads their respective team of undergraduate/post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and/or technical staff to address specific sectoral challenges and requirements.

Teagasc and its stakeholders have recognized the strategic requirement to support the development of higher value cereal market sectors with a current focus on oats in line with its high value market potential in response to consumer demands.

The primary role of the successful candidate hired for this position will be to achieve this goal, by completing research that positively influences stakeholders and the oats sector as a whole.

Essential Qualifications

- Candidates must have a QQI Honours Level 8 degree in Agriculture or a related discipline.

- PhD in crop agronomy/physiology or other related discipline

Desirable Qualifications

- Post doctoral experience in cereal agronomy/physiology/breeding would be a distinct advantage

A more detailed job description can be accessed on

Applications should be made on-line through

The completed application documents must be forwarded so as to reach the Public Appointments Service no later than 12:00 noon, Friday 29th January 2021.

Status: Research Assistant
Location: Carlow, IRELAND
Remuneration: 34650 - 67440 Euro/year
Advert Published: 18 Dec 2020
Expiry date: 17 Jan 2021
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