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

Research Area: Food Ingredients and Nutraceuticals

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 Research Centre Ashtown and Industrial Partner Lab in IT Tralee

Training Rate: Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (€36,853).

The current PD1 scale is as follows: PD1: €36,853 (min.); €37,383; €39,138 (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 successful post-doctoral fellow will work on a SFI funded Bioeconomy Research Centre (BEACON). The PD will contribute to the development of industry focused collaboration with participating SME’s.  Key elements of the role of the successful post-doctoral fellow will include the following:

To develop clean and green extraction technology for seaweed powder and extract containing bioactives.

To develop high quality seaweed powder for phytopharma, cosmeceutical, nutraceutical or functional food applications.

Background: 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

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 Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical, Biochemical Engineering or related discipline
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD


  • Experience in extraction of bioactive compounds from marine algae
  • 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 noon on Thursday 23rd of August 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.  Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.  Canvassing will disqualify.  The details contained above are subject to change without notice.