Job offer in Ireland Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1)/Level 2 (PD2) at The Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Research Area: Microbiology – Food Safety

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

Project Title: Maximising the shelf-life of beef and lamb primals through carcass interventions, optimised chilling and the effective destruction of Clostridial spore in plant and on equipment.

Post Duration: 44 months

Location: Teagasc Food Research Centre – Ashtown (Dublin 15, Ireland)

Reports to: Project Leader

Training Rate                                                

Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (33,975).  Increment will be awarded in line with Government policy subject to performance and completion of the prescribed training plan.  Appointees will progress to the first point of the PD2 scale (€38,155) in year 4 with increments awarded annually on the PD2 scale subject to performance and completion of the prescribed training plan for the balance of the contract. 

The current PD1 and PD2 scales are as follows:

PD1: €33,975 (min), €34,975, €36,003 (max)

PD2: €38,155 (min), €39,279, €40,437 (max

Non-new entrant rates may apply for candidates with current or previous service in the public sector.  Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.

Basic Function of the post: The successful candidate will join a research team working within ‘Meat Technology Ireland’ on the microbiological aspects of the application of a range of technologies (lactic acid, hot water, chilling regimes, and sporicidal treatments) to enhance food safety and maximise the shelf-life of beef and lamb.

Person Specification

This section outlines the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would be required to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.  Applications will be assessed on how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


  • PhD in (Microbiology or Food Science and Technology or related discipline)
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD


  • Experience in undertaking research in-plant in the meat sector
  • Experience in setting own research agenda

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 Monday 3rd July, 2017

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