Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1)

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Research Area: Agri-environmental science, agronomy.

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 27 months, but not exceeding the above project end date, subject to contract

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled.

Location: Teagasc, Crops, Environment and Land-use Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.

Training Rate: Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (€36,853).

The current PD1 scale is as follows: PD1: €36,853 (min.); €37,383; €39,138 (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:

The basic functions of this post are to conduct research across a number of pilot farms in collaboration with farmers and project scientists.  The post will involve carrying out farm surveys of agronomic and environmental properties at farm scale across a range of soil and landscape settings.  This information will be collated using spatial analysis (GIS) and used to derive a risk assessment tool for on-farm water quality protection.  The post will also involve reviewing current literature on water quality measures and engaging with the farmers and advisors, Knowledge Transfer (KT) specialists and project scientists to select appropriate measures for each farm.  This will then be used to define the criteria for a decision support tool for on-farm water quality protection.


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


  • v PhD in agriculture, environmental science, soil science, geography.
  • v Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


  • Experience in field work and GIS analysis.
  • 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  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 no later than 12 midnight on Friday 30th March 2018.

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

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