Job Opportunities







DEPARTMENT: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI)

LOCATION: AFBI Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6DR.

SALARY: £29,317 - £31,446  |  REF: IRC218176

CLOSING DATE: 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 26th May 2017.

Job role:

The successful candidate will join Agriculture Branch’s Sustainable Dairy Systems Team, and will work on a project titled ‘The interaction between genotype and nutrition in high yielding dairy cows in seasonal grass based systems of milk production’ (NutriGen). This project is being led by University College Dublin (UCD), and is being co-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). The overall objective of the project is to further develop knowledge on the interactions between genotype and nutrition, so as to optimise feed efficiency and energy balance, with particular reference to the nutrition of the high yielding dairy cow at the shoulders of the milk production cycle. The project will involve a combination of desk top studies and feeding experiments. AFBI’s role in the project involves modelling data from approximately 30 ‘long term’ studies in which freshly calved cows were managed indoors on predominantly grass silage based diets for the first 50 – 150 days of lactation. This data is stored within a Microsoft SQL Server database which was developed to provide a secure long term repository for historical and future information collected from dairy research projects at AFBI Hillsborough. Database development is largely complete, and the database is partially populated, containing approximately 9 million records from over 2200 individual cows. The data covers individual cow identification, experimental treatments, cow genetic details, calving details, lactation performance, feed intakes and composition, milk yields and composition, live weights, condition scores, locomotion scores, health events and treatments, fertility data and treatments, and blood metabolites and milk progesterone. Data will be modelled to identify key drivers of intake, performance, production efficiency, energy balance, health and fertility during the early lactation period for high yielding cows, including their interactions with nutrition and cow genotype.

Further appointments may be made from this competition should AFBI positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information and to apply, please go to

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting: HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC218176

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 26th May 2017.



Postdoctoral Researcher (3yr Fixed Term)

Biomass Preservation Concepts for Livestock Feed


Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Helsinki, Finland

Closing Date: 28th May 2017



Workplace description

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services based on best available scientific knowledge to our customers. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services. Natural Resources Institute Finland is one of the four Statistical Authorities in Finland.

Work description

Luke aims at finding new opportunities of utilization and innovations related to biomasses and sidestreams. A third of the cultivated field area in Finland is used for grasses, which is mainly harvested as silage via lactic acid fermentation. This process has great economic and environmental effects and it affects directly the quality of dairy products being critical for the success of animal production. The tasks include experimentation with feed production, biomass preservation and livestock feeding, generation of new projects and active participation in customer financed R&D projects.


Ph.D. in animal science, microbiology or other relevant discipline, previous experience in feed preservation research.


Details on how to apply



Technical Officer

Bridgwater, Somerset

Closing Date: 31st May 2017     


Micron Bio-Systems Ltd is an international leader in biotechnology. Utilizing our scientific expertise in Microbiology, Enzymology, Biochemistry and Immunology, we develop product-based solutions for the Animal Husbandry and Environmental markets.
Micron Bio-Systems has a vacancy for a Technical Officer to join our Technical department based in Bridgwater, Somerset.
This position is full time working from 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Salary: Negotiable, dependent on experience
Job Description:

  • Prepare promotional and technical product presentations as well as literature for use by commercial colleagues
  • Prepare product related documentation (specification sheets, labels, safety data sheets)
  • Ensure regulatory compliance of Micron Bio-Systems product portfolio by monitoring and reporting legislative changes likely to impact the business
  • Design product/application trial protocols and conduct the trials in-house, at customer or third party premises to demonstrate the benefits of products/applications
  • Assess trial results, collate data and produce concise technical/commercial reports
  • Raising the profile of Micron Bio-Systems through conference presentations and publications
  • Improve market intelligence from a technical perspective by identifying and assessing products from competitors, new raw materials and technologies, as well as market trends
  • Conducting product/application related presentations

Education requirement: 

Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or other relevant discipline. A PhD would be desirable but not essential.

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in a related industry (Feed, Feed Additives, Nutritional, Pharmaceutical)
  • An in depth understanding of the agricultural industry with sound technical, nutritional and marketing knowledge
  • Excellent proficiency in English language skills, additional languages would also be desirable but not essential
  • Innovative, capable of out-of-the box thinking and motivated by accomplishment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Advanced PC knowledge, MS Office

If you are interested in this position, please forward a full CV along with a covering letter to and include “Technical Officer” in the subject line.

Further Info


Livestock Scientist – Grazing Systems and Livestock Phenotyping

Closing Date: 18th June 2017


Rothamsted Research is seeking a highly qualified postdoctoral scientist with a PhD in animal science, beef cattle production, grazing behaviour, grazing livestock production systems, or a similar field. The position runs for three years and the successful candidate will work with the suckler herd at Rothamsted Research, North Wyke and the growing and finishing facilities on the North Wyke Farm Platform (NWFP, a National Capability livestock trial in Devon, UK). The successful candidate will also contribute to the new strategic BBSRC research programme, Soil to Nutrition (S2N). Further information on the NWFP is available at

Grazing beef production systems deliver several benefits to the bio-economy, namely: provision of highly nutritious food for humans, utilization of grasslands from lands that are not suitable for growing crops for human food, regeneration of land and improvement of soil health by recycling nutrients, among others. However, meat production faces two main challenges associated with intensification: potential detrimental effects on animal health and welfare and negative environmental impacts.



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