Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 - Teagasc - Dublin
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6d ago

SpecificationPost Title Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) HR Reference PD1 / NBPT / AT / 1118 Research Area Food Quality and Safety Eligibility PhD in a relevant discipline with up to 3 years?

max.)relevant experience. The combined total of this contract combined with any otherPD1 contracts must not exceed 3 years in total.

Project Title NBPT in grass based food Current Project End Date 30 / 06 / 22 Post Duration The indicative duration of 31 months, but not exceeding theabove project end date, subject to contract.

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacanciesmay be filled. Location Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland.

Reports to Project Leader and / or other nominated manager as maybeidentified from time to time. Training Rate Appointment will be at the minimum point of the PostDoctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (?

37,222).The current PD1 scale is as follows : PD1 : ?37,222 (min.); ?37,757; ?39,529 (max.)Increments will be awarded annually *subject toperformance and completion of the prescribed training plan.

Note : Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidateswith 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 withGovernment policy.

Basic Function of the post : ? To develop / establish and validate analyticalmethods for the analysis of nitrogen inhibitor residues in food and environmental samples.

  • To develop and manage sampling plans incollaboration with project partners. ? To manage the traceability of samples in thelaboratory.
  • To analyse study samples, prepare analyticalreports and interpretation of data. ? To write reports, SOPs and peer reviewedpublications.
  • To disseminate research to collaborators and atconferences / workshops to promote projectresearch Background : The Teagasc Post-

    Doctoral programme provides training and development opportunities for earlycareer scientists that enhance their experience of learning and equips them with the necessary skillsfor the next stage of their chosen career in research.

    Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1SpecificationNitrous oxide emissions, including from fertiliser nitrogen comprise over one-

    third of all agriculturalemissions. Ammonia emissions, including from urea fertiliser, account for almost all of the nationalammonia emissions.

    Ireland has committed to reduce both nitrous oxide and ammonia emissions.Simultaneously, Food Wise 2025 and Origin Green initiatives aim sustainably increase agriculturalproduction.

    Yet, our commitments for emission reductions require reductions in absolute emissions.Fertiliser N technologies such as the urease inhibitor NBPT will allow Irish agriculture to reduce lossesof both ammonia and nitrous oxide associated with N fertiliser usage in Ireland.

    Although many ofthese products are approved for use in Europe and some are in use in Irish agriculture there are someconcerns regarding potential food safety, human health or trade reputation issues.

    The PD1 recruited in the post will develop and validate methodologies to measure nitrogen inhibitorresidues in a range of food and environmental samples to support research carried out by projectpartners.

    Methodologies will be applied to samples generated from a range of studies conducted onthe project. This will be achieved through the application of state-

    of-the-art analytical methodologies.The successful candidate will be based primarily in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin15.

    The PD researcher will be working in the Teagasc analytical laboratories with a team of approximately15 scientists made up of PhD students, research scientists and technologists.

    The laboratory isinternationally recognized as a centre of excellence for food analysis and has participated in severalEU and nationally funded research projects.

    The laboratory also fulfils a role of providing state of theart residue testing to the Irish food industry. In this role they are an Irish National ReferenceLaboratory for a range of substances.

    All of these tests are accredited to ISO17025 and are validatedto a high standard. The unit has five laboratories equipped with state of the art instrumentationincluding Waters UHPLC?

    MS / MS systems, two Agilent UHPLC-MS / MS and an ABSCIEX 6500Qtrap+MS3 systems.The Teagasc post-doctoral programme provides training and development opportunities for earlycareer scientists that enhances their experience of learning and equips them with the necessary skillsfor the next stage of their chosen career in researchThis is a research focused training role, the primary purpose of which is to provide early careerscientists with the opportunity to develop their research skills and competencies.

    The PD Fellow will, while working in conjunction with senior research staff, gain insight andexperience into a variety of areas including the processes of project and budgetary management, thedevelopment of active collaboration with relevant national and international research communities,the development of communication and presentation skills and possible experience in the mentorshipof students.

    The PD Fellow will conduct a specified programme of research, supported by a modular trainingprogramme, which will include modules of relevance for the development of specific knowledge andresearch skills, professionalism and communication skills, leadership and management skills, andoverall career development.

    Modules will be conducted under the supervision and direction of the (Project Leader) or otherdesignated manager in conjunction with the Head of Department.

    Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project : ? Keeping up to date with current literature and scientific developments in the area of residue analysis including analytical methodologies.

  • Development of accurate and precise methods for the target analytes in study samples.? Validation of analytical methods according to best international practice.
  • Organisation and management of the traceability of project samples and their results.? Preparation of analytical reports and interpretation of results.
  • Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1Specification? Assembly of relevant Irish datasets and conducting a preliminary analysis.

  • Liaison with national experts.? Writing technical reports, project progress reports and peer reviewed publications. ? Effective communication of research to collaborators and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to upkeep and governance of the analytical laboratories. Additional Duties & Responsibilities : ? Interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications.
  • Disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences as appropriate. ? Report and discuss progress updates with the project team.
  • Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter andaction plan. ? Comply with all relevant Teagasc policies and procedures.
  • Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare ofthemselves, fellow staff and non-
  • Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enablingTeagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with theresponsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.

  • Actively participate in the Teagasc Post Doctoral Fellowship programme and reviewprocesses, and to undertake all Post Doctoral fellowship training and associated duties asagreed in the Training & Development Plan.
  • Take up additional duties as they may arise and be assigned by management.Person SpecificationThis section outlines the qualifications, skills, knowledge and / or experience that the successfulcandidate would be required to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of thepost.
  • Applications will be assessed on how well candidates satisfy these criteria.Essential? PhD in a Chemistry related discipline e.

    g. analytical chemistry, food chemistry or environmental chemistry. ? Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years?

    post-PhD. ? Demonstrated research and technical expertise in the area of food chemistry and the traceanalysis of compounds in complex samples using chromatographic techniques e.

    g. HPLC orLC-MS / MS. ? Demonstrated expertise in the extraction and isolation trace organic molecules fromcomplex matrices.

  • Demonstrated expertise in analytical method development and validation. ? Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and futurescholarly 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 researchknowledge and skill and to guide professional development.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation) with an ability to enable effectiveknowledge and technology transfer.
  • Ability to generate new ideas, unique concepts, models and solutions.Desirable ? Expertise in different LC-MS / MS software e.
  • g. ABSCIEX, Agilent and Water. ? Experience in working in an ISO17025 or pharmaceutical working environment would be anadvantage.

  • Experience in setting own research agenda. Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1Specification? Evidence of teamwork and collaboration with relevant partners.
  • Further Information for Candidates Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc websiteat https : / / www.

    teagasc.ie / about / opportunities / post-doctoral-opportunities / Teagasc do not acceptCurriculum Vitaes as an application for a position.

    In order to apply for a post the relevantapplication form must be completed in order to be considered. Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email toth teagascjobs clark.

    ie no later than 12 noon on Monday 19 November 2018. Applications receivedafter this time will not be considered. Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.

    Canvassing will disqualify. The details contained aboveare subject to change without notice.

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