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Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 - Horticulture, Plant Science, Plant Protection (Ref: PD1/B4S/AT/1218)

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Basic Function of the post:
The successful candidate will be responsible for creating a database of host plant and soil borne disease interactions in the most important horticultural crops in Europe. This project is part of a wider European project (Best4Soil), which is tasked with using existing information to create a new decision support tool to help growers plan their crop rotations but also to highlight which agronomic methodologies may be useful in helping to minimise the risk of the carryover of disease and nematode from one crop into a follow on crop. The candidate will review the published literature while in tandem interacting with project partners to access institutional reports and literature to assist in identifying all potential host plant x disease interactions. The candidate will need proven experience using literature searching tools, use of excel and experience in using reference management software.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

• Drive the daily operation of the project, interact with and co-ordinate activities of project partners and assist the Project Leader with the overall running of the project.
• Devise, design and perform literature searching techniques to optimise the information gathering task.
• Create and maintain a database of known Host plant and disease interactions.
• Maintain a reference database of all cited literature and also maintain a database of all database searches conducted.
• Coordinate with partner research groups within the task, particulary liaising regularly with partners in Switzerland who are creating a parallel database of tillage/cover crop plant and disease interactions. It will also be necessary to interact with researchers at WUR who will be creating the online tool which will be populated by the database.
• Pursue the publication of Literature review in peer reviewed scientific literature.

Person Specification

• PhD in one of the following areas (Horticulture, Agriculture, Crop Pathology).
• Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.

• Experience in Horticultural Plant pathology.
• Experience in setting own research agenda.

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 Tuesday 8th January 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify. The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

Status: Researcher
Location: Dublin 15, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 37222 Euro/year
Advert Published: 5 Dec 2018
Expiry date: 4 Jan 2019
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