Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) - Animal Breeding and Environment (Temporary)

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Dublin, Leinster
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
2 months ago

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The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Basic Function of the post:

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and implementation of a multidisciplinary collaborative project funded via Horizon 2020 (LC-SFS-03-2018) called ‘MASTER’ (‘Microbiome applications for sustainable food systems through technologies and enterprises’).  The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be recruited onto work package 3 of the project which focuses on the rumen microbiome and its role in improving animal production and reducing environmental impact through its manipulation.


The Teagasc post-doctoral programme provides training and development opportunities for early career scientists that enhances their experience of learning and equips them with the necessary skills for the next stage of their chosen career in research. Ruminant production is responsible for ~ 9% of anthropogenic CO2 emission and 37% of methane emissions.  Release of methane results in 6-12% less energy being available to the animal.  Ruminants also contribute towards NO2 within the environment, a persistent gas in the atmosphere which has 296 times more warming potential than CO2.  Recent advances in next generation sequencing technology have allowed a far deeper understanding of the rumen microbiome and it has become clear that it is possible to beneficially manipulate the rumen microbiome through host genomics and breeding, and through dietary interventions.  MASTER aims to 1) establish the relationship between the bovine and ovine genome and microbiome (and develop new host genome chips accordingly); 2) improve the production benefits of methane-inhibiting compounds while retaining their methane mitigating capabilities; 3) develop and recommend early life dietary interventions to ‘program’ the composition of the rumen microbiome in adult life; and 4) be able to predict animal phenotype from rumen and/or (more easily accessed) buccal microbiome biomarkers, all with the aim of improving ruminant production, reducing environmental impact and ensuring the availability of healthy nutritious products for the consumers.  This proposal is consistent with SHARP and Food Wise 2025.

Post Duration                                           

Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 26 months, subject to contract.  A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.    

Person Specification

Essential –

PhD in Molecular Biology and/or Animal Science.

Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.

Desirable –

Knowledge of rumen microbiology, genetics/genomics and bioinformatics.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, and view other vacancies in Teagasc, please visit www.teagasc.ie/careers. The closing date for this position is Thursday 1st October 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.

Location:County Galway - Ireland
Salary:€36,302 to €40,221
£30,620.74 to £33,926.41 converted salary* Post Doc (Level 1)
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On:15th September 2020
Closes:1st October 2020

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