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Animal Science Researcher (Contract)

Location: Pig Development Department, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork P61 C996
Research
 Salary:  Research Officer with a Salary Scale of €38,558 to €74,094
Closing Date: 01/05/2024 12:00 PM
  Funded Full Time

 

Job Description

Duration:
Temporary externally funded non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 24 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:

The Research Officer will be based at the Teagasc, Pig Development Department, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, P61 C996. The successful candidate will work on a Horizon Europe-funded project ‘CIRCular valorisation of industrial ALGAE waste streams into high-value products to foster future sustainable blue biorefineries in Europe (CIRCALGAE)’.  The successful candidate will report directly to the project leader. The position will involve conducting post-weaning pig feeding experiment(s) using algal-based feed ingredients where growth, feed intake, health interventions, diarrhoea scoring etc. are recorded.  A subsample of pigs will be sacrificed for collection of blood, intestinal tissue and digesta.  These samples will be used by the successful candidate for intestinal histology, gene expression, blood haematology, blood biochemistry and next-generation microbiota analysis. The successful candidate will be responsible for preparation of experimental protocols,  animal trial work, laboratory work, data compilation, statistical analysis and interpretation of data, adhering to ethics and HPRA requirements and reporting to the project leader, Teagasc and the funding body as required.  Furthermore, it is a requirement that the successful candidate publish results from the project in high impact factor peer review journals. It will also be necessary for the successful candidate to communicate research findings in popular press, and via oral presentations to industry and scientific audiences.

 

Background:

As part of a European consortium, Teagasc was awarded funding by Horizon Europe in the HORIZON-CL6-2021-CIRCBIO-01-09: Unlocking the potential of algae for a thriving European blue bioeconomy call.  Arising from this, the current position has become available on the CIRCALGAE project. The purpose of the project is to add value to the waste streams from macro-and micro-algae processing. Less than 30-40% of the raw macroalgae and 5-30% of microalgae currently being harvested is utilised, with the remainder being waste streams of processing.  The objective of the project is to obtain high-value ingredients from these underutilised waste streams. Ingredients for cosmetic products, food and animal feed will be produced and evaluated during the project.  The role of Teagasc is to evaluate the feeding value and health benefits in pigs of 2-3 suitable ingredients from the algal waste streams, at different dietary inclusion levels.

Job Objectives

  • Adhere to ethics and HPRA requirements and furnish reports on same when and as required.
  • Perform feeding trials with weaned pigs and collect samples from live pigs and following slaughter.
  • Perform a range of laboratory analysis including intestinal histology, gene expression, blood haematology, blood biochemistry and next-generation microbiota analysis
  • Compile data and correctly statistically analyse data from animal studies and laboratory experiments.
  • Actively participate in project meetings in Teagasc and the consortium as a whole.
  • Write reports and peer-review publications based on the results generated in this project.
  • To organise project-related events such as workshop(s) and meetings as the need arises.
  • To disseminate project results to a range of audiences (industry and scientific) via popular press, presentations at conferences, workshops, discussion groups and using on-line tools
  • 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 Requirement

 

 

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a QQI Honours Level 8 degree in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Science or a related discipline.
  • Candidates must have a QQI Honours Level 8 degree in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Science or a related discipline.

Knowledge/ Skills

  • Excellent animal handling, laboratory, organizational, report writing and data analysis skills.
  • A good knowledge of intensive animal production, statistical analysis software and the peer review process. 

 

  • Proven record of scientific communications including peer review publication and presenting at scientific conferences.
  • Aptitude for multidisciplinary approaches.
  • Knowledge of project management

 

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.

Other

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.

Eligibility 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.

Note:  Alternative location(s) may be considered solely at the discretion of Teagasc management.


 



 
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