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

Research Area: Food processing/seafood processing

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 17 months, but not exceeding the above project end date, subject to contract

Location: Teagasc, Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15.

Training Rate                                       

Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (€34,975).

The current PD1 scale is as follows:

PD1: €34,975 (min.); €34,974; €37,003 (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 Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority is seeking to fill a short term Food Technologist position at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown.  The successful candidate will be involved in the application of novel food processing technologies including high pressure processing, cold plasma and ozone processing on range of fish products.  The primary role of the candidate is to develop a comprehensive toolbox of optimized existing and novel technologies for developing healthy, high quality, safe and sustainable fish products from pelagic fish species.  The candidate will work in close collaboration with other partners from Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology & SINTEF), Poland (National Marine Fisheries Research Institute) and Italy (University of Perugia in meeting the deliverables of the project.


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. 

The successful candidate will be based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15.  At Ashtown, there are over 100 scientists and technicians providing research, training and technical services for the food sector.  Areas of expertise at Ashtown include processing technologies, sensory science, consumer behaviour, cereal science, meat science, food safety and nutraceutical bioactive discovery.  

Person Specification


  • v PhD in Food Science/Technology or related discipline.
  • v Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD


  • Experience in food processing and novel nonthermal technologies.
  • Demonstrated research and technical expertise in marine sciences, biochemical analysis and food microbiology.

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 Vitae’s 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 and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Thursday 28th of September 2017.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.  Canvassing will disqualify.  The details contained above are subject to change without notice.


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