Teagasc seeks to appoint a Research Officer to contribute to the development,
management and leadership in the Teagasc Meat Research programme. A key function of the role will be to validate carcass management procedures for enhancement of meat quality. The successful candidate will be a key member of the meat research group in the Food Quality and Sensory Science Department and will have responsibility for developing an internationally competitive meat research programme aligned with the needs of stakeholders. Securing external collaborative public research funding will be an essential aspect of the role, as will maintaining contacts with industry and carrying out industry commissioned research and development projects. In addition, they will play a leading role in ensuring the scientific excellence of the meat research programme, develop strong collaborative links both nationally and internationally, and contribute to successful technology transfer to the meat sector.
Training and mentoring will be organized for the successful candidate from the outset.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Leading and managing research projects in the area of meat science with particular reference to advancing product quality.
- Organizing and participating in trials in meat processing plants.
- Management of staff, students and resources assigned to the programme.
- Designing and managing experiments, performing statistical analysis and publishing results in scientific and popular press, at conferences and to stakeholders.
- Validation of concepts at laboratory level followed by translation to a commercial setting – the successful candidate will require versatility in both research and the transferability of technology as well as familiarity with unit operations used in the meat industry.
- Operation of equipment for meat quality analysis.
- Developing a research programme to support and expand the current meat research programme at Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown to continue to meet stakeholder requirements.
- Studying biochemical interactions underpinning product quality.
- Designing carcass management systems to optimize technological performance.
- Attracting external funding (FIRM, Horizon 2020 etc.) with the objective of developing critical mass in meat research, building a dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers(s) and post-graduate students(s).
- Supervision of Walsh Fellowship (post graduate) students in collaboration with suitable university and other partners.
- Developing and maintaining active collaborative contacts with the relevant national and international research communities.
- 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.
- Active participation in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) process.
- Assisting Teagasc to meet its commitments to the Teagasc Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
- Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
- This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. Job descriptions will be issued with offers of appointment.