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Research Fellow - Animal Nutritions and Health

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Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) - Animal Nutrition and Health - (Ref: PD1/TOMI/0819)


The DAFM funded project TOMI will produce infant milk formula (IMF) by cascade membrane filtration as an alternative to thermal processing. This next generation IMF will be safe with enhanced bioaccessibility, bioavailability and digestion of proteins, peptides and fats.
The successful candidate will conduct a feeding study using piglets to mimic the effect of IMF in the infant gut. Growth and feed efficiency will be monitored. Total tract and ileal digestibility of protein and amino acids as well as kinetics of digestion will be studied. Faecal and digesta samples will be freeze dried and archived for microbiota sequencing. Blood taken at slaughter and processed for downstream analysis.
Approximately 10% of the entire global exports of IMF are manufactured in Ireland. This project has the potential to radically improve the quality of IMF produced in Ireland.


•Plan and prepare experimental protocols, licence applications, ethical approval applications and annual returns.
•Manage and conduct pig feeding trials according to approved protocols.
•Collect samples (e.g. blood, faeces, intestinal) and associated laboratory analysis.
•Collect, manage and perform statistical analysis on research data.
•Prepare reports, according to Teagasc and DAFM requirements, and peer review publications.
•Give oral presentations of work to varied audiences.



•PhD in Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine or a related discipline.
•Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.
•Demonstrated research and technical expertise in animal experimentation (preferably pigs).
•Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals etc.)


•Experience in conducting digestibility experiments.
•Experience in using in-vivo models for humans.
•Full driver’s licence.


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 Thursday 22nd August 2019.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants. Canvassing will disqualify.

The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 35678 Euro/year
Advert Published: 1 Aug 2019
Expiry date: 22 Aug 2019
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