Veterinary Research Scientist (Permanent)

Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Athenry, Co Galway, H65 R718
 Salary:  Research Officer with a Salary Scale of €35,150 to €68,114
Research   Permanent Full Time
Closing Date: 08/07/2022 Closing Time: 12:00


Job Summary


Permanent.  A panel may be formed from which similar vacancies across the three locations of the Animal Bioscience Dept may be filled (Athenry, Grange, Moorepark). Such a panel will remain active for a period of 12 months.


Basic Function:

The sheep industry is of vital national importance to Ireland and Teagasc plays a key role in developing competitive, profitable and sustainable systems of sheep production. Teagasc are seeking to appoint a highly qualified, enthusiastic and dynamic researcher to develop and lead a research programme in animal health. This position will be a key appointment for Teagasc with national significance in developing scientifically based approaches to support enhanced sheep health and welfare to improve the profitability and sustainability of the Irish sheep sector and the wider agri-food industry. The principal of ‘prevention is better than cure’ promotes animal health as a driver of optimized production, improved margins and the production of high quality food. Furthermore, healthy animals result in a reduced requirement for antibiotics which is a major strategy in reducing the development of antimicrobial resistance. The highly interdisciplinary Teagasc animal health research program focuses on the underlying biological mechanisms of disease and parasitism development and resistance, enhanced biosecurity and management strategies, parasite drug resistance, improved diagnostics and therapeutics, and vaccination and identification of and selection for disease resistant animals.

The Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre in Teagasc, located at Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway has extensive facilities for field and animal research. Additionally, there is strong alignment between the Animal and Bioscience Department, Livestock Systems Department and the Grassland Department across Moorepark, Grange and Athenry research centres.  Over 150 scientific and technical professionals, supported by an administrative and operative staff, conduct the research programme. Additionally, there are approximately 100 Wash Scholars completing mainly PhD programmes. 

Teagasc is seeking to recruit a Research Officer to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme with responsibility for developing and implementing a translational research based programme aimed at optimising sheep health and welfare.

The candidate will be expected to identify researchable knowledge constraints to improving sheep health and welfare on commercial sheep farms, define best practice responses, develop implementation packages and monitor results. This programme will build on strong collaborative links with Animal Health Ireland (AHI), University College Dublin, Sheep Ireland, Bord Bia, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and other relevant institutions both nationally and internationally.

Job Objectives

  • Develop and implement a research programme in sheep health and welfare in consultation with industry stakeholders.

  • Design and manage experiments and perform statistical analysis of experimental data.

  • Interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications.

  • Manage staff and resources assigned to the research programme.

  • Identify opportunities for cutting-edge research to address key knowledge gaps.

  • Lead successful submissions for external funding, that is consistent with the Teagasc research programme, with the objective of developing critical mass in the area by building and supervising a dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers(s) and post-graduate student(s). 

  • Develop and maintain active collaboration with the relevant national and international research communities including AHI technical working groups.

  • Participate in undergraduate teaching roles.

  • Work closely with Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Specialists/Advisors to ensure effective dissemination of research findings to advisers and stakeholders.

  • Supervise, in conjunction with University partners, postgraduate students to Masters and PhD level.

  • Interpret and publish research results in the scientific and popular press, at conferences (nationally and internationally) and to stakeholders.

  • Disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences as appropriate.

  • 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.

  • Contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the Animal & Bioscience Research Department, and foster and add to further collaboration and integration.

  • Comply with all relevant Teagasc policies and procedures.

  • Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.

  • Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes and to undertake training and associated duties as agreed in the Training & Development Plan.

  • Carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department, Head of Programme or Director of Research from time to time.

Skills Required






  • Candidates must have a QQI honours Level 8 degree in veterinary science or a related discipline.

  • A PhD degree in a relevant discipline.

Note: While a PhD is an essential requirement for this post, equivalent research experience may be deemed acceptable solely at the discretion of the Director of Teagasc


  • A postgraduate degree and/or research experience in veterinary parasitology would be a distinct advantage.


  • Excellent laboratory skills, organization skills, report writing and data analysis.


  • Proven record of scientific communications.

  • Aptitude for multidisciplinary approaches.



  • Research skills: Critical analysis of the published literature, experimental design and execution, data management, statistical analysis and data interpretation.

  • Dissemination skills: verbal presentation/communication skills, scientific (peer-reviewed journals) and technical writing skills.

  • Ability to initiate and lead a research programme.

  • Capacity to successfully develop collaborative research links with national and international research organisations.

  • Strategic awareness, innovation & change management skills.

  • Engaging and consultative leadership skills that demonstrate best practice in people and programme management.

  • Computer skills.


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 build and sustain positive working relationships.

  • Flexible with an ability to adapt to changing priorities.

  • Ability to work independently and meet self-imposed milestones and deliverables.


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


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


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