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Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) - Animal Breeding and Environment - (PD1/RP/GE/0918)

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Basic Function of the post:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and implementation of a multidisciplinary collaborative project funded by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) which has brought together several countries in a joint ERA-NET Cofund ERA-GAS project.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

• Develop and conduct rumen metagenomics based laboratory procedures and liaise with laboratory staff in collaborating institutions (i.e. Teagasc, UCD, and Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) to ensure effective collaborative data analysis.
• Collect biological samples (saliva, blood and rumen contents) and conduct and be responsible for detailed methane, nitrous oxide, and nutritional measurements on cattle at the ICBF Tully performance testing station, Enfield, Co. Kildare and manage all aspects of the agreed research programme on these animals.
• 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.

Additional Duties & Responsibilities:
• Interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications.
• Disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences as appropriate.
• Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and action plan.
• Comply with all relevant Teagasc policies and procedures.
• Actively participate in the Teagasc Post Doctoral Fellowship programme and review processes, and to undertake all Post Doctoral fellowship training and associated duties as agreed in the Training & Development Plan.
• Fully co-operate with the provisions made 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.
• Take up additional duties as they may arise and be assigned by management.

Person Specification
This section outlines the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would be required to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

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

Additional desirable criteria can be included by the PI as required:
• Knowledge of bovine rumen microbiology, genetics/genomics and bioinformatics.
• Experience of organising and conducting cattle-based research projects.

Further Information for Candidates
Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at Teagasc do not accept Curriculum Vitaes as an application for a position. In order to apply for a post the relevant application form must be completed in order to be considered.
Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 noon on Monday 1st October 2018.
Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify. The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Meath, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 36583 Euro/year
Advert Published: 12 Sep 2018
Expiry date: 1 Oct 2018
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