Grassland Scientist (Permanent) - Research Officer
Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath, C15 PW93
Closes in 3 days (31 Jan)
The Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme is located across 3 main sites at Grange, Moorepark and Athenry. Each has its own enterprise focus (beef in Grange, dairying in Moorepark, and sheep in Athenry) but research expertise is pooled to provide greater critical mass in discipline areas such as grazing technologies which can then service any enterprise. This particular post mainly relates to the grazing research located at Grange, but also providing some support to the programme at Moorepark and Athenry.
The beef industry is of vital national importance to Ireland. Beef accounted for 18% of Agri-food exports in 2018 generating approximately €2.5 billion. Beef systems must maximise the use of grazed grass so as to capitalise on Ireland’s natural competitive advantage in grass production, and to contribute to the high quality, grass-fed reputation of Irish beef worldwide.
Teagasc are seeking to appoint a highly qualified and enthusiastic researcher to develop and lead a grassland research programme in beef production. The successful candidate’s research programme will have particular emphasis on developing profitable and sustainable grass-based systems of beef production and on investigating the factors affecting animal performance at pasture. The research will seek to optimise grass production and utilization in beef systems.
Grange is part of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre in Teagasc and has extensive facilities for field and laboratory research. Teagasc has an international reputation for researching and developing grass-based systems of livestock production and this candidate will work with a dynamic team of Teagasc researchers and specialists across Teagasc’s Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme at Grange, Moorepark and Athenry.