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Research Fellow - Horticulture Development

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Job Title: Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) HortAssure Project


Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 30 months, subject to contract.

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team at Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown, investigating strategies to improve the quality and safety of horticultural production systems as part of the HortAssure project.

The candidate will be primarily based in the Food Safety Department but will also work with the Horticultural Development Department and collaborate with project partner institutes and commercial producers.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded project HortAssure aims to support the horticulture industry in mitigating risks associated with microbiological and chemical contamination in horticultural food crops, through provision of evidence based knowledge regarding sources of contamination and assessment of validated technologies and alternatives to mitigate the identified risks in a sustainable and affordable manner.

HortAssure will define where critical issues arise for both microbial and chemical contaminants in horticultural crop production.

The candidate will undertake microbial analysis of horticultural produce and production environments, as well as molecular analysis of isolates and microbial communities present. Analysis of the efficacy of risk mitigation measures will also be undertaken.

Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown also has fully equipped class II and class III microbiology laboratories and state of the art equipment necessary to undertake the project tasks. In addition the Horticultural Development Department at Ashtown has extensive crop production facilities which mirror commercial production facilities.

This is a research focused training role, the primary purpose of which is to provide early career scientists with the opportunity to develop their research skills and competencies.

The PD Fellow will, while working in conjunction with senior research staff;

- gain insight and experience into a variety of areas including the processes of project and budgetary management,
- publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals,
- writing grant applications,
- and attracting external funding,
- the development of active collaboration with relevant national and international research communities,
- the development of communication and presentation skills, leadership and management skills, and
- overall career development.

Modules will be conducted under the supervision and direction of the project leader or other designated manager in conjunction with the Head of Department.

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.

Essential Qualifications

- PhD in Microbiology or closely related discipline

Desirable Qualifications

- Experience in microbial food safety and working with bacterial pathogens

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, 6th August 2021.

Status: Researcher
Location: Dublin, IRELAND
Remuneration: 37028 - 41025 Euro/year
Advert Published: 16 Jul 2021
Expiry date: 6 Aug 2021
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