Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1

 (via EURAXESS)
Teagasc
Wexford, Ireland
Position Type: 
Postdoc
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Doctorate
Apply By: 
19 February 2019
1 day remaining

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Basic Function of the post:

To map and identify perceived roadblocks in the governance of drinking water which may produce barriers to the provision of effective policy. This will involve:

i) identifying and interacting with key stakeholders, ii) analysing and publishing a study on water governance and policy interaction, aiming to find interventions and steering mechanisms suitable to reach water quality targets, and iii) conducting a stakeholder workshop to identify a common strategy to overcome the perceived barriers within the catchments of the Irish Action lab of the WATERPROTECT project.

The position will also involve report writing, attendance at project meetings, dissemination and interaction with multi-stakeholder groups in Ireland and across the European consortium.

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.

High quality and sufficiency of drinking water is essential for life. Agriculture is the largest source of pesticides and nitrate pollution in European fresh waters. The overarching objective of WATERPROTECT (funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 727450) is to contribute to an effective uptake and realisation of management practices and mitigation measures to protect drinking water resources. WATERPROTECT will create an integrative multi-actor participatory framework including innovative instruments that enable actors to monitor, finance and effectively implement management practices and measures for the protection of water sources. Other objectives are to develop water governance models investigating alternative pathways from focusing on the ‘costs of water treatment’ to ‘rewarding water quality delivering farming systems’. The outcome will be improved participatory methods and public policy instruments to protect drinking water resources. The project consists of seven ‘Action labs’ across the EU. These involve multiple actors in implementing good practices to ensure safe drinking water supply. The seven Action labs cover different soil-climatic conditions, different types of farming systems, different legal frameworks, larger and smaller water collection areas across the EU.

The work will build on the detailed understanding of pollutant mobilisation and transfer processes gained from different physical settings within the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) and County Wexford, and will be backed up by supportive data from the existing infrastructure in collaboration with Wexford County Council, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland and University of Ulster.

The successful candidate will be based in Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland, within the Soils and Land Use Department. This department consists of a highly motivated, multidisciplinary team of researchers focusing on soil science, nutrient management, water quality, gaseous emissions and agro-ecology. WATERPROTECT – Action lab Ireland is linked to the ACP, which is based on excellence in science and stakeholder partnership and which aims to generate knowledge to underpin sustainable farming. The ACP also has an integrated team of researchers, advisers, technologists and technicians working in conjunction with Teagasc colleagues and in close liaison with farmers and the farming organisations at local and national level.

To fill this post we are seeking to recruit a highly qualified and enthusiastic researcher with good knowledge of agriculture and European water policy.

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 the (Project Leader) or other designated manager in conjunction with the Head of Department.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

  • Collate and validate information on national water governance from multi-stakeholders.
  • Contribute to report writing to fulfil deliverables of the Irish Action lab to WATERPROTECT.
  • Publish a study based on an analysis of water governance and policy interaction.
  • Organise, design, lead and write the summary of a multi-stakeholder workshop.
  • Assist WATERPROTECT Action lab Ireland in meeting the commitments of the funders (European Union H2020).

Additional Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collate and validate information on national water governance from multi-stakeholders.
  • Contribute to report writing to fulfil deliverables of the Irish Action lab to WATERPROTECT.
  • Publish a study based on an analysis of water governance and policy interaction.
  • Organise, design, lead and write the summary of a multi-stakeholder workshop.
  • Assist WATERPROTECT Action lab Ireland in meeting the commitments of the funders (European Union H2020).

Person Specification:

This section outlines the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would be required to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

Essential:

  • PhD in in environmental science (or equivalent).
  • Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.
  • Knowledge of Irish and EU agri-environmental regulations, particularly those related to water quality. Understanding of agricultural impacts on water quality, physical and chemical processes contributing to pollutant export from sources to surface water and/or groundwater.
  • Ability to communicate and liaise with identified national stakeholders.
  • Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals etc.).
  • Excellent project management, analytical, report writing and data analysis skills.
  • An ability to collaborate with team members and PhD students to help build research knowledge and skill 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.
  • Full EU Drivers licence.

Desirable:

  • Previous experience in liaising with multiple stakeholders.
  • Previous experience in organising stakeholder meetings.
  • Experience in setting own research agenda.
  • Evidence of teamwork and collaboration with relevant partners.

Further Information for Candidates:

Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at https://www.teagasc.ie/about/opportunities/post-doctoral-opportunities/ 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, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to   no later than 12 noon on Monday 18th February 2019.
Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify. The details contained above are subject to change without notice.