Job offer in Ireland Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) at The Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Research Area: User-centered design; social science; behaviour change

Eligibility: PhD in a relevant discipline with up to 3 years’ (max.) relevant experience. 

The combined total of this contract combined with any other PD1 contracts must not exceed 3 years in total.

Post Duration: The indicative duration of 24 months, but not exceeding the above project end date, subject to contract.

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled.

Location: Teagasc Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway.  Teagasc Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 may be considered solely at the discretion of management.

Training Rate: Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (€35,678).

The current PD1 scale is as follows:

PD1: €35,678 (min.); €37,757; €39,529 (max.)

Increments will be awarded annually* subject to performance and completion of the prescribed training plan.

Note: Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with 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 with Government policy.

Basic Function of the post: The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work as part of an interdisciplinary team on the European NIVA project, funded by the European Union H2020 Programme.  The Fellow will undertake qualitative field research to co-design a mobile-based app for use by farmers and other agricultural stakeholders.


The Teagasc post-doctoral programme provides training and development opportunities for early career scientists that enhances their experience of learning and equips them with the necessary skills for the next stage of their chosen career in research. 

Person Specification


  • PhD in Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Economics, User-centred/UX Design, or equivalent.
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


  • Experience working on research in the agricultural setting.
  • Experience in designing and carrying out user-centred/co-designed workshops.

Further Information for Candidates 

Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at Teagasc do not accept Curriculum Vitaes as an application for a position.  In order to apply for a post the relevant application form must be completed in order to be considered.

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.   Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.  As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants. Canvassing will disqualify.

The details contained above are subject to change without notice.


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