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Research Officer - Hydrochemist

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Job Title: Research Officer - Hydrochemist (Temporary)(Ref: 77)

Basic Function of the Role:

To contribute, as part of a multidisciplinary team, to the evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures contained in Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme with particular emphasis on:
•Producing policy-relevant peer-reviewed scientific papers using existing and new data and disseminating the results to a wide audience.
•Overseeing the implementation of a programme of high temporal resolution monitoring of hydro-metrics and chemo-metrics, such as of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon concentrations, water flow and stream ecological monitoring in in six small (ca. 10 km2) study catchments.
•Improving understanding on the processes of nutrient loss to water in agricultural landscapes and potential impact on stream ecology.
•Quality assuring and analysing the data produced in the programme to assess the effectiveness of measures.
•Extend current baseline monitoring of water quality with multiple contaminants.

Job Objectives

•Produce high quality, policy relevant papers for publication in high impact peer reviewed scientific journals using existing and new ACP data.
•Oversee the implementation of existing ACP protocols for: ◦Monitoring of catchments’ surface water hydro-metric and chemo-metrics, including data QA/QC.
◦Monitoring of the physical and chemical processes in streams which mediate the eventual nutrient export from the catchments.
◦Quantify N and P export to water on derogation and non-derogation farms.
◦Monitor the ecological status of catchments streams and relating this to their physical and water chemistry parameters.

•Contribute effectively to national and international scientific meetings.
•Participating in dissemination activities including farmer meetings, open days, stakeholder meetings etc..
•Contributing to the preparation of interim and final reports on the effectiveness of the NAP and climate action plan measures.
•Collaborating effectively with Teagasc colleagues and other relevant national and international research programmes.
•Providing technical support to ACP advisory colleagues in the catchments.
•Contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit within both the ACP and the agri-environmental research department at Johnstown Castle and foster and add to further collaboration and integration.
•Supervising and management of ACP staff and post-graduate students.

Person Specification


•Candidates must have a QQI Level 8 degree in hydrology/ environmental science/ agricultural science/ ecology (or equivalent).


•A postgraduate degree and/or research experience in hydrochemistry, hydrology, environmental science, agricultural science, environmental chemistry would be a distinct advantage.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, and view other vacancies in Teagasc, please visit

The closing date for this position is Wednesday 26th February, 2020 @12.00noon. 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.

Status: Researcher
Location: Wexford, IRELAND
Advert Published: 27 Jan 2020
Expiry date: 26 Feb 2020
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