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Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1)

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Research Area: Food BioSciences

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 15 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: Food BioSciences Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland.

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 aim of this role is to carry out research on by-product mussels generated by Irish processors and growers in the West, North-West and South of Ireland. The deliverables of the project will include:

  • Review of the literature detailing current practice internationally concerning mussel by-product volumes and uses.
  • Generation of protein hydrolysates from protein containing mussel by-products.
  • Characterisation of the health benefits within the protein hydrolysates developed using HPLC, SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry as well as characterisation of potential bioactivities using the bioassay suite available at Teagasc Ashtown and technofunctional assessments.
  • Isolation of valuable lipids with and assessment of potential anti-inflammatory activities.
  • Isolation of collagen from Mussel byssus threads using methods developed as part of NutraMara.
  • Determination of product yields for toxins (azaspiracid analogs), protein hydrolysates and identified bioactive


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 Food, Food Engineering, Microbiology, Chemistry or a related discipline.
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD. 


  • Experience in collaborating with international partners and the marine industry.
  • Experience in setting own research agenda and publishing papers.

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 noon on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

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

Location: Dublin - Ireland
Salary: €36,853 to €39,138
£32,777.10 to £34,809.38 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th August 2018
Closes: 29th August 2018
Job Ref: PD1/MP/AT/0718
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