Post-doctoral Researcher Fellow (Level 2), School of Agriculture and Food Science, 011232
Job. Ref. 011232
This post-doctoral position will be located at University College Dublin, but the candidate may also spend time at UCDs Lyons Farm, Celbridge, Co. Kildare and Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork.
A post-doctoral candidate is sought to join a research team focusing on the Grass-Fed Based Dairy Production work package within FHI. The research will focus on developing scientific evidence to positively differentiate Irish dairy products through extensive product profiling and animal feeding studies.
The successful candidate will be involved in acquiring and analysing product samples for profiling, animal nutrition studies and pilot scale production of commodity high value dairy products at Teagasc Moorepark, subsequent laboratory and statistical analysis, and writing of scientific publications. As well as the scientific duties, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to management aspects of the project, supporting the lead researchers in the management of the team and work undertaken.
This is an advanced research focused role, building on your prior experience as a post-doctoral fellow, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.
The primary purpose of the role is to develop new or advanced research skills and competences, on the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications and scholarly dissemination, the development of funding proposals, and the supervision and mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.
In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project:
- Conduct and manage sample collection from industry partners;
- Conduct laboratory analysis and assist the graduate students of the project with the management and carrying out of routine analysis;
- Carry out a comprehensive literature review of the topic of research for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator;
- Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, your School or Institute, or the University;
- Support your Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of the research programme;
- Support if required, the development of proposals for research funding;
- Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of your Principal Investigator;
- Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute;
- Take responsibility as requested for day-to-day advice and support of graduate research students associated with your research group;
- Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students in your group, School and Institute;
- Carry out administrative and management work associated with your programme of research.
Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.
Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.
- PhD in Animal Science, Nutrition, Food or related area;
- 2/3 years postdoctoral research experience is desirable;
- A demonstrated commitment to research and publications;
- An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project;
- Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals, and ability to outline a research project;
- Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc.);
- Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines;
- Demonstrated understanding of operational requirements for a successful research project and managing resources;
- Knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant application;
- Ability to identify and fulfil the academic writing requirements for target publications;
- Proven record of working with team members and PhD students to help build their research skill and knowledge and to support and guide their professional development;
Generates new ideas and links and builds upon existing ideas to generate unique concepts and solutions.
The PD2 post is intended for researchers that have completed PD1. As with the PD1, if you have already completed your PD2 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD2, or your total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 6 years, you should not apply and should refer to Research Fellow posts instead.
- Demonstrable ability to secure own research funding;
- Experience in setting own research agenda;
- Experience in working with industry partners;
- Demonstrated understanding of the value of academic and commercial information e.g. Nondisclosure agreements;
- Knowledge of IP processes and knows how to protect findings.