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

Research Area: Food Ingredients

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 Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15. Co. Dublin, Ireland

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 Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority is seeking to fill a short term position at Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown for an extraction technologist.  The successful candidate will be involved in the extraction and fractionation of bioactive compounds from seaweeds.  The primary role of the candidate is to develop a range of extraction technologies and chemical characterisation of a range of bioactives.  The candidate will work in tandem with the research partners within the EU consortium comprising of Spain, Sweden, Germany and Norway in meeting the deliverables of the project.


Teagasc is a public agency for the Irish Department of Food, Agriculture and Marine that provides research, advisory and training for the agri-food sector (  Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown is one of the two locations that undertake Teagasc Food Programme Research (  The mission of Teagasc Food Programme is to provide leadership in research, consultancy and training in the food sector thereby encouraging product innovation and enhanced food safety and quality. 

Person Specification


  • PhD in Chemical, Biochemical, Food Process Engineering or cognate disciplines.
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD


  • Experience in extraction technologies
  • 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 Tuesday 28th 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.