The primary function of the post is to provide research support for the project focusing on understanding grass weed spread through Irish farms, developing control measures on farm and understanding the level and mechanisms of grass weed resistance in Ireland. The successful candidate, with the project team, will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing a farm based research programme with a focus on developing and refining agronomy practices to optimize the control of grass weeds in our climatic and soil conditions.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Aid the design and conduct a survey of farmers to assess current farm practices leading to grass weed pressure.
Design farm based trials that will provide answers to key grass weed control questions under different establishment systems.
Develop and implement detailed trial protocols, including crop management and detailed field and laboratory measurement and analysis, for the field trials and herbicide resistance in grass weeds that will ensure quality research is delivered.
Research available grass weed assessment and control methods to help identify project direction and outcomes.
Co-ordinate herbicide resistance glasshouse trials on collected grass weed seeds from the project survey and from Focus Farmers.
Develop methodologies to measure and quantify grass weeds in field and in collaboration with project partners, utilising precision mapping and analysis techniques.
Ensure all research trials can be statistical analysed.
Produce detailed research reports for the funding agency and others and to publish research results as technical reports, knowledge transfer messages, scientific papers and popular reports as appropriate.
Present the results of the research to Operational Group meetings and appropriate stakeholder and scientific conferences and meetings.
Work in collaboration with the project advisor and technician to achieve the aims and milestones as identified in the project.
Work with the Oak Park research team including other researchers, technical staff, post graduates, farm staff, students and admin staff.
Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
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.
Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the post holder
Candidates must have an honours Level 8 degree in Ag Science or a related discipline.
Full Driving licence.
A postgraduate degree and/or research experience would be a distinct advantage
Experimental field trial design.
How to Apply
An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at https://www.teagasc.ie/careers/
Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 noon on Thursday 27th September 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.
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