Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (PD1) – Health & Sustainability

Food Research Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15, D15 KN3K

Application deadline: 31/03/2021


This post-doctoral position is in the area of sustainable nutrition and food based dietary guidelines. We are looking for an enthusiastic and collaborative team player for this position within the SuHeGuide consortium, which comprises a multidisciplinary team of innovative researchers from Teagasc, University College Cork, University College Dublin and Queens University Belfast.

The overall aim of the SuHeGuide project is to develop food-based dietary guidelines for healthy and sustainable lifestyles that are acceptable to consumers and meet nutritional requirements, while simultaneously, reducing food related GHG emissions and being respectful of biodiversity.  The outputs from this project will enable regulatory authorities to develop evidence-based food and nutrition policies for both healthy and sustainable diets, and provide critical information for the food industry to enable a shift in sustainable food consumption practices.

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. 

This is a research focused training role, the primary purpose of which is to provide early career scientists with the opportunity to develop their research skills and competencies.

The PD Fellow will, while working in conjunction with senior research staff, gain insight and experience into a variety of areas including the processes of project and budgetary management, publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals, writing grant applications, and attracting external funding; the development of active collaboration with relevant national and international research communities; the development of communication and presentation skills, leadership and management skills, and overall career development.

Modules will be conducted under the supervision and direction of Sinead McCarthy or other designated manager in conjunction with the Head of Department.

Job Objectives:

Key duties:

  • Project management to realise the research project objectives and deliverables
  • Writing high quality research publications
  • Collaborate with team members and PhD students to help build research knowledge and skills across the consortium

Additional Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To interpret research findings and prepare scientific and popular press publications.
  • To disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences as appropriate.
  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.
  • To comply with all relevant Teagasc policies and procedures.
  • Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
  • To actively participate in the Teagasc Post Doctoral Fellowship programme and review processes, and to undertake all Post Doctoral fellowship training and associated duties as agreed in the Training & Development Plan.
  • To take up additional duties as they may arise and be assigned by management.

Skills Required:


  • PhD in (nutrition, public health, food science, food marketing, social science or related dicipline)
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD
  • Demonstrated research and technical expertise in consumer food behaviour, food consumption & sustainability and associated research methodologies in addition to data collection, database management, data manipulation and statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of the food industry and food policy landscape in Ireland 
  • Excellent project management, analytical, report writing and data analysis skills
  • Evidence of research activity (e.g. publications as first author, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (e.g. working papers, research proposals, etc.)
  • An ability to collaborate with team members and PhD students to help build research knowledge and skills, and to guide professional development
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation) with an ability to enable effective knowledge and technology transfer
  • Ability to generate new ideas, unique concepts, models and solutions


  • Experience in a range of statistical and data management software packages.
  • Ability to search for, identify and evaluate appropriate methodologies and identify suitable statistical tests
  • Self-motivated and innovative
  • Experience in human clinical trials or dietary interventions
  • Experience in setting own research agenda
  • Evidence of teamwork and collaboration with relevant partners


Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 36 months, subject to contract. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.

Application details available at the follow link:

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