Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 16 months, subject to contract. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.
Basic Function of the Role:
Map and interpret distribution of forest in Ireland
Review and revise existing approaches for HNV farmland identification and establish HNV farmland and forest typologies
Prepare manuscripts for publication and contribute to wider dissemination.
Background to the Role:
Conservation of natural resources, halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services are key environmental objectives of the European Union. High Nature Value farmland and forest (HNVFF) areas are associated with high biodiversity and other public goods. HNVFF areas are thus headline indicators in the Rural Development Programme and EU legislation requires that they are identified, monitored and targeted for agri-environment payments.
The HNV_FarmForBio project, led by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, with Teagasc and University College Dublin as collaborators, will develop a (geo-spatial) methodology to identify, characterise and map the national extent of HNV farmland and forest areas.
The applicant will be part of the HNV_FarmForBio project team and will be based with the Environment, Soils and Land Use Department in the Teagasc Johnstown Castle Research Centre in Wexford, Ireland.
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.
This is a research focused training role, the primary purpose of which is to provide early career scientists with the opportunity to develop their research skills and competencies.
The PD Fellow will, while working in conjunction with senior research staff, gain insight and experience into a variety of areas including the processes of project and budgetary management, publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals, writing grant applications, and attracting external funding; the development of active collaboration with relevant national and international research communities; the development of communication and presentation skills, leadership and management skills, and overall career development.
Modules will be conducted under the supervision and direction of the Project Leader or other designated manager in conjunction with the Head of Department.
Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:
Review existing literature and recommended indicators of HNV Forestry at a national and international scale
Review and revise existing approaches for HNV farmland identification and establish HNV typologies
Develop a repeatable, transparent and objective GIS methodology to estimate the national distribution of HNV forestry.
Conduct ground-truthing surveys to assess accuracy of GIS methodology (from existing databases).
Amalgamate HNV forestry and HNV farmland approaches to create an integrated methodology to estimate distribution of HNV farmland and forestry in Ireland.
Assess current approaches, and potential future improvements for estimating the national distribution of HNV farmland.
Additional Duties & Responsibilities:
To interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications.
To disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences as appropriate.
To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and action plan.
To comply with all relevant Teagasc policies and procedures.
Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
To actively participate in the Teagasc Post Doctoral Fellowship programme and review processes, and to undertake all Post Doctoral fellowship training and associated duties as agreed in the Training & Development Plan.
To take up additional duties as they may arise and be assigned by management.
PhD in Environmental Science, Ecology, Zoology, Agricultural Science or a related discipline.
Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.
Demonstrated research and technical expertise in GIS software and habitat mapping.
Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals etc).
Excellent project management, analytical, report writing and data analysis skills.
An ability to collaborate with team members and PhD students to help build research knowledge and skill and to guide professional development.
Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation) with an ability to enable effective knowledge and technology transfer.
Ability to generate new ideas, unique concepts, models and solutions.
Full driving licence.
Knowledge and experience of high Natura Value farming and forestry systems.
Experience in setting own research agenda.
Evidence of teamwork and collaboration with relevant partners.
Ability to engage with various stakeholders including farmers and foresters.
The closing date for applications is Friday the 12th of March 2021
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