Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) - Animal health & welfare

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Eligibility: PhD in a relevant discipline with up to 3 years’ (max.) relevant experience.

Post Duration: 12 months

Location: Teagasc Animal and Bioscience Department, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath.

Training Rate: Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (€33,975).

The current PD1 scale is as follows: PD1: €33,975 (min.); €34,974; €36,003 (max.) Increments will be awarded annually* subject to performance and completion of the prescribed training plan.

Basic Function of the post:  The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of the above transcriptomic and genotyping work programmes within the main DAFM RSF project (11/S/131).

The research programme aims are as follows:

  1. To characterise the transcriptome and immune components of colostrum from beef and dairy cows and following administration of colostrum the transcriptome and immune variables in beef and dairy calves.
  2. To genotype a selection (n=~400) of candidate polymorphisms using target capture enrichment and sequencing technology and from the published literature across a panel of approximately 1000 animals, with available health phenotypes and information on passive immunity, using a custom made SNP chip.

Duties will include laboratory based genomics analysis, biological assays, genotyping and association studies, bioinformatics, statistical analysis and scientific report and manuscript writing, and liaising with research staff.

The successful candidate will also be involved with dissemination of results of the project to the various stakeholders involved.

Background: 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. 

Person Specification


  • PhD in (Molecular Biology and/or Animal Science).
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


  • Knowledge of bovine genetics/genomics and bioinformatics.
  • Experience of organising and conducting cattle-based research projects.

Further Information for Candidates 

Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at https://www.teagasc.ie/about/opportunities/post-doctoral-opportunities/.  Teagasc do not accept Curriculum Vitae’s 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 and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to teagascjobs@clark.ie no later than 12 midnight on Friday 28th October 2016.

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

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