Teagasc Soil Biotechnologist Ref: DS1543
The Technologist will have a key role in assisting researchers within the soil and environmental microbiology research programme and will take an active role in contributing to ongoing research projects in this area. He/she will be responsible for the administration, workflow, quality control and maintenance of laboratories supporting the research programme, and for training post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers using the microbiology and molecular biology laboratories. He/she will also have a role in assay development, the development of work pipelines and in overseeing biological safety in the department. The technologist will be responsible for technology foresight to identify emerging technologies/methods, assisting researchers with grant applications, results analysis and reporting. He/she will also contribute to the development of the wider microbiome research programme within Teagasc.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
To lead the administration, workflow, quality control and maintenance of the microbiology and molecular biology laboratories in Johnstown Castle.
Stay abreast of new techniques and tests, new procedures, new technologies in soil micro-and-molecular biology, and incorporate these into the Teagasc programme where appropriate.
To ensure that equipment and facilities are operating at the highest level of efficiency, and advise management on new equipment purchases.
To carry out laboratory analysis of soil and environmental samples for a range of micro-and-molecular biology techniques.
To develop new microbiological and molecular methodologies in conjunction with researchers.
To train post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers using the microbiology and molecular laboratories.
To assist researchers with grant application writing, results analysis and reporting.
To undertake quality control of laboratory analyses and ensure good data management.
To contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the Environment, Soils and Land-use research department at Johnstown Castle, and to foster and add to further collaboration and integration.
To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.
To actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
To fully co-operate with the provisions for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
To oversee biological safety in the department.
Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Candidates must have a QQI Level 8 degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology or a related discipline.
Experience in a wide range of molecular techniques including electrophoresis, PCR, qPCR, nucleic acid quantification and quality assessment, microbial fingerprinting and cloning.
A postgraduate degree and/or research experience in soil molecular biology or environmental microbiology would be a distinct advantage.
Previous research experience investigating functional microbial communities in soil.
How to Apply
The relevant Application Form and Job Specification can be accessed on our website at www.teagasc.ie/careers.
Completed Application Forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 midnight on Friday 11th August 2017.
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