Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1)/Level 2 (PD2)

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Research Area: Microbiology - Food Safety

Eligibility: PhD in a relevant discipline with up to 3 years’ (max.) relevant experience. The combined duration of this contract combined with any other PD1 contracts must not exceed 6 years in total.  It is not permitted to have longer than 3 years as PD1 and 3 years as PD2. 

Project Title: Maximising the shelf-life of beef and lamb primals through carcass interventions, optimised chilling and the effective destruction of Clostridial spore in plant and on equipment.

Post Duration: 43 months

Location: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland.

Reports to: Project Leader and/or other nominated manager as maybe identified from time to time.  

Training Rate                                                  

Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (€34,975).

Increments will be awarded annually* on the PD1 scale for the first 3 years (36 months) subject to performance and completion of the prescribed training plan.   

Appointees will progress to the first point of the PD2 scale (€39,155) in year 4 with increments awarded annually* on the first point of the PD2 scale subject to performance and completion of the prescribed training plan for the balance of the contract.

The current PD1 and PD2 scales are as follows:

PD1: €34,975 (min.); €35,974; €37,003 (max.)

PD2: €39,155 (min.); €40,279; €41,437 (max.)

Note: Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current or previous service in the public sector. *Remuneration and the annual cycle for the payment of increments may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government policy.

Basic Function of the post: The successful candidate will join a research team working within ‘Meat Technology Ireland’ on the microbiological aspects of the application of a range of technologies (lactic acid, hot water, chilling regimes and sporicidal treatments) to enhance food safety and maximise the shelf-life of beef and lamb.

Person Specification


PhD in Microbiology or Food Science and Technology or related discipline.

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


  • Experience in undertaking research in-plant in the meat sector.
  • 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 https://www.teagasc.ie/about/opportunities/post-doctoral-opportunities/. 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 teagascjobs@clark.ie no later than 12 midnight on Friday 20th October 2017.

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

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