Job offer in Ireland Teagasc Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) – Food BioSciences – protein chemistry/functional foods at The Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Location: Food BioScience Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland.

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

Training Rate: Appointment will be at the minimum point of the Post Doctoral Level 1 (PD1) scale (€33,975). The current PD1 scale is as follows: PD1: €33,975 (min.); €34,974; €36,003 (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: To undertake research and collate results relating to the development of methods and SOPs for qualitative and quantitative assessment of fish processing by-products including blood water, skin and bones. Alternative strategies for recovery, generation and optimising development of these sources will be carried out by the chosen candidate.

Research will include proximate analysis on source materials, amino acid profiling of source materials, protein characterisation (MS, SDS PAGE), enrichment and characterisation of proteins and other potentially useful bioactive and techno-functional compounds including vitamins, minerals and small molecules.  All results will culminate into cost-benefit analyses of alternative strategies concerning marine processing by-product handling, utilisation and application with a view of making recommendations to pelagic and other fish processors.

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. 

Ireland has the largest quota in terms of numbers for fish species including blue whiting and boarfish (Capros aper). In Europe, Irelands’ boarfish quota is 78,000 tonnes per annum.

Person Specification


  • PhD in (Food Science, Food chemistry, protein chemistry, microbiology or industrial microbiology or a related discipline)
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD


  • Experience in (food processing, by-product utilisation and protein chemistry desirable)
  • 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 Wednesday 22nd of March 2017.

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