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Research Officer

TeagascWexford€34,650 to €67,440Temporary

Job Summary


Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 30 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.

The successful candidate will support an exciting international project focused on bringing livestock farms towards carbon neutrality. The project will quantify climate warming emissions and carbon sequestration in livestock production systems, and create or update tools to support farmers make decisions in relation to reducing gaseous emissions. It aims to assist inventory compilers incorporate emission mitigation measures for livestock production systems into official national emission recording systems. The successful candidate will collaborate with top researchers in Ireland, Europe and New Zealand on this leading project. The role will involve modelling farms and emissions, networking with industry, research institutes and Universities, and dissemination to stakeholders across the transnational consortium. The successful candidate will be primarily based at the Teagasc research centre in Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford.

Teagasc Johnstown Castle is the leading agricultural research centre in Ireland for soils and the environment. The centre conducts research on a wide range of subjects including air quality, biogeochemistry, climate change, ecology, pedology and water quality. The research programme is carried out by scientific and technical experts, supported by administrative and operative professionals. Johnstown Castle staff work with state of the art laboratory, greenhouse and growth chamber facilities to present reliable results to stakeholders. They also use the estate’s land resources to conduct small or large-scale field experiments. The Johnstown Castle estate covers 400 hectares, of which 250 hectares is under farmland and the balance being forestry, parkland and lakes. The modern farms on the estate, a dairy farm and a beef farm, are devoted to measuring the sustainability of livestock production.

The mission of Teagasc is to support science based innovation in the agri-food sector and wider bio-economy to underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. The agri-food sector is one of Ireland’s largest indigenous industries, employing 167,500 people and worth around €14 billion per annum to the economy. Agricultural outputs have many environmental benefits, but similar to most goods, generate climate warming emissions, known as greenhouse gas (GHG). Ireland is committed to reducing GHG emissions by 5% per annum, while providing a secure supply of food for a growing domestic and international population. Livestock farming is a major contributor to agricultural emissions on a national and European basis. Many factors influence emissions from livestock farming systems, but key data is often missing for essential factors at the national or global scale. MELS will improve the understanding of the key factors driving livestock emissions, by building on the Global Research Alliance project, DATAMAN. The project will assess and recommend improvements to existing farm-scale decision support systems (DSS’s) including grazing ruminants, by refining the methods (e.g., life cycle assessment) and calculations used to determine emissions. A prototype farm-scale DSS will be developed for countries lacking such a tool and implemented in at least one country. This will allow the consequences of mitigation strategies on emissions and costs to be more accurately quantified and better documented.

We are seeking to recruit a highly qualified and enthusiastic researcher in the field of life cycle modelling or farm systems analysis, with good knowledge of European agriculture and climate change policy. Teagasc provides training and development opportunities for early career scientists that enhances their research experience.

Job Objectives

  • Review scientific literature in relation to quantifying and mitigating gaseous emissions from livestock farming systems.

  • Construct a database of emission factors for livestock with records from DATAMAN.

  • Renew emission factors in whole farm and/or life cycle assessment models of livestock production systems.

  • Design and test tool(s) to support livestock producers reduce GHG emissions in an economically sustainable manner.

  • Support national inventory compilers incorporate emission mitigation measures from farm tools into the agricultural sector’s GHG budget.

  • Support the organization of national and multinational events and assist MELS partners meet the commitments made to funders.

  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.

  • To actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.

  • 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.

  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the post holder.

Skills Required




  • Candidates must have a QQI honours Level 8 degree in science, agriculture, environment, systems analysis or a related discipline.

  • A postgraduate degree and/or research experience in life cycle assessment or farms system modelling would be a distinct advantage


  • Excellent project management, organization, report writing and data analysis skills

  • Ability to mathematically model production biological systems and/or organization

  • Computer literate, with proficiency in the use of MS Office, system analysis and/or biogeochemical modelling software.

  • Excellent dissemination skills: verbal, written, presentation and technical writing 

  • Proven record of scientific communications.

  • Aptitude for multidisciplinary approaches.


  • Familiar with livestock production systems.

  • Thorough understanding of the factors regulating greenhouse gas emissions and removals in agriculture.

  • Aware of measures available to reduce agricultural emissions.

  • Knowledge of the principles of life cycle assessment and mathematical modelling.

  • Acquainted with current intergovernmental guidelines for national greenhouse gas and air pollutant inventories.

  • Knowledge of decision support systems

Behavioural Competencies

  • Ability to work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Strives for high quality of work and demonstrates commitment to the programme.

  • Ability to communicate effectively to enable knowledge and technology transfer.

  • Ability to generate new ideas, unique concepts, models and solutions.


As this role will involved driving vehicles, candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with Teagasc, legal requirements to drive a car unaccompanied on Irish public roads.


This is an open public competition. Should a current serving Teagasc staff member be successful in their application through open public competition for this post, their current contract of employment with Teagasc will come to an end on taking up this post.

 Note: The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.



The closing date for applications is Friday the 12th of March 2021

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