Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1)

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Research Area: Crops, Environmental and Land Use Programme

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

The combined total of this contract combined with any other PD1 contracts must not exceed 3 years in total.

Post Duration: The indicative duration of 30 months, but not exceeding the above project end date, subject to contract

Location: Teagasc, Johnstown Castle Research Centre, Wexford, Ireland

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

The current PD1 scale is as follows: PD1: €34,975 (min.); €35,974; €37,003 (max.)

Increments will be awarded annually* subject to performance and

completion of the prescribed training plan.

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: To undertake field, lab and desk based research to quantify the efficacy of targeted measures to mitigate nitrate and pesticide pollution of water. The position will also involve report writing, attendance at project meetings, dissemination and interaction with multi stakeholder groups in Ireland and across the consortium.

Background: High-quality, safe, and sufficient drinking water is essential for life: it is used for drinking, cleaning, food production and preparation. Agriculture is the largest source of pesticides and nitrate pollution in European fresh waters. The overarching objective of WaterProtect (funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 727450) is to contribute to an effective uptake and realisation of management practices and mitigation measures to protect drinking water resources.

Person Specification


  • PhD in environmental Science/hydrochemistry /hydrology/hydrogeology engineering (or equivalent)
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD


  • Experience in catchment hydrology, hydrogeology or hydrochemistry
  • 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 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 Tuesday 31st of October 2017.

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