Soil Carbon Research Technician

Crops, Environment and Land Use Research Centre, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford, Y35 Y521
 Salary:  Technician Grade 1 with a Salary Scale of €31,135 to €41,538
Technician   Permanent Full Time
Closing Date: 29/08/2022 Closing Time: 12:00


Job Summary

Permanent .  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 

This competition seeks to recruit a research Technician focused on measuring ecosystem CO2 fluxes using eddy covariance and/or chamber techniques as well as measuring changes in soil organic carbon (SOC). The successful candidate will join a well-resourced team of permanent and contract staff carrying out climate change research. They will provide technical support to help improve our understanding of the effect of soil type and land-use management practice on soil carbon pools and carbon sequestration. This position will be based in the new National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Teagasc - Johnstown Castle is Ireland’s leading research institute on soils and environment related research, and conducts both fundamental and applied research on a wide range of subjects, e.g. soil quality, nutrient efficiency, water quality, gaseous emissions, agro-ecology, and land use.


The Irish agriculture and land-use sector faces significant challenges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 and reach climate neutrality by 2050 as set out in the 2021 Climate Action Plan.  In response to this Teagasc has developed a new Climate Action Strategy.  This new post will be central to supporting Teagasc in the delivery of this strategy.

Teagasc is expanding its research and KT programme to rapidly advance the science and implementation of current and new measures to meet the biodiversity and climate challenges that farmers are facing. In addition to the new staff there is a large capital investment to establish the National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre (NASRIC). The large number of new staff recruited will join the current research teams and will utilise the research infrastructures across the entire organisation.



Job Objectives

  • To sample and process soil samples for quantification of soil organic carbon levels and partitioning of that carbon into a variety of carbon turnover pools.

  • To set up and assist in the management of eddy covariance instrumentation at various sites around Ireland.

  • Perform maintenance, calibration and automation of field gas monitoring equipment and related IT issues.

  • Assist in the establishment and management of databases and perform statistical analysis of data.

  • Undertake quality control of laboratory analyses and ensure good data management.

  • Contribute to the management of samples, archives, equipment and consumables.

  • To carry out electronic data entry of research samples for example using the Teagasc LIMS system and recording of results.

  • To contribute to the teamwork and team spirit in the agri-environmental research department at Johnstown Castle, and to foster and add to further collaboration and integration.

  • 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.

  • Carry out such 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

Hiring Manager should review the table below for accuracy and amend as appropriate – reference: Teagasc Competency Profiles for the grade – available on the tnet





  • Candidates must have a QQI Level 6 in chemistry, agricultural science, soil science, environmental science or a related discipline.


  • QQI level 7 or 8 degree in a relevant discipline.

  • Experience in the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon quantification.


  • Data handling and computer skills.

  • Experience in the use of gas chromatography.

  • Greenhouse gas measurement protocols.

  • Soil carbon sampling and analysis.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft office products.

  • Use of infra-red gas analysers and/or eddy covariance equipment.

  • Analysis of nutrients in plant, soil and water.

  • Experimental design.

  • Database use and management.

  • Statistical analysis.


  • Familiarity with field and lab methods for investigating greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon sequestration.

  • Grass and crop agronomy.

  • Knowledge of gaseous emissions from soils.

  • Understanding of Irish agricultural systems.

  • Soil biogeochemistry.

  • Laboratory and field quality assurance & quality control.

Behavioural Competencies

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

  • Self-disciplined organised and methodical.

  • Ability to problem solve with a high level of attention to detail.

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

  • Logical, data-driven approach to work with strong results orientation.

  • Positive approach to new challenges and dissemination of new tasks.

  • Flexible with an ability to adapt to changing requirements/priorities.

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

  • Commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.


As this role will 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.

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