Research Officer Aquaculture via EURAXESS

Technological University of the Shannon

Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland 🇮🇪

Job Information

Organisation/Company: Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

Research Field: Other, All

Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)

Country: Ireland

Application Deadline: 16/03/2023 – 13:00 (Europe/Dublin)

Type of Contract: Temporary

Job Status: Full-time

Hours Per Week: 37

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?: Not funded by an EU programme

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?: No

Offer Description

   Job Specification 
 Research OfficerAquaculture
Vacancy ID017340
Contract TypeSpecific Purpose – expected minimum duration of 1 Year
LocationTechnological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, Athlone campus
Reporting ToDirector Bioscience Research Institute
Competition TypeOpen Competition
 IntroductionTechnological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest is Ireland’s third technological university and home to 14,000 students and a staff complement of approximately 2,000 people, full-time and part-time, across six campuses in Athlone, Limerick, Thurles, Clonmel, and Ennis.Established on October 1, 2021, TUS has a strong regional focus and will be a key driver of development and investment across the Midlands and Midwest. The new networked university, linked by the River Shannon, borders on almost half of Ireland’s 26 counties and will provide unprecedented levels of access to higher education.We are committed to developing a contemporary and vibrant technological university – a higher education institute that reflects the educational and economic needs of our region and communities we serve. The new technological university will connect knowledge creation with industry partnerships to grow and support collaboration. The technological university will be the home of academic leaders, knowledge creators and cutting-edge researchers who will positively affect people’s lives now and in the future.Bioscience research in TUS embraces the environment, agri-food, pharma/biopharma and health, where it has a long tradition of conducting frontier activities in the areas of biotechnology, applied microbiology, toxicology, molecular biology, and more recently immunology. The BRI acts as a conduit for R&D ranging from basic to applied research specialising in developing, testing and piloting sustaining and disruptive technologies.  BRI has strong engagements with TUS’s Faculty of Science and Health, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, and Faculty of Business and Hospitality, along with its sister Materials and Software Research Institutes. BRI also encompasses the internationally recognised ‘Centre for Sustainable Disinfection and Sterilisation’ that supports and facilitates leading industries in this domain.  BRI also supports and enables “Empower Eco” that is Ireland’s first multi-actor sustainability hub situated in the midlands with a vision to foster and accelerate community transitioning, social enterprise to low carbon economies informed by research, education and training. With the support of the Just Transition Fund, as administered by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Empower Eco is establishing living labs and environmental test beds/demonstrator sites across the Midlands region in the environment to support industries to develop concepts, test eco-innovations and solutions. It is appreciated that this job specification responds to established and emerging opportunities that have arisen in the areas of Sustainable Food Production, Food Security, Supply Chain, and adjacent OneHealth that also addresses climate variance. 
The RoleThe successful candidate will report to the Director Bioscience Research Institute; Co-Director Eco to support the management and development of aquaculture and aquatic facilities in the Irish midlands. This role will also comprise of site safety.
Qualifications/ExperienceEssential:Level 8 degree in aquacultureExperience with the peatland based freshwater aquaculture industryMinimum 3 years’ experience in a similar roleExperience in aquaculture site safety managementExperience of in-field monitoring data analysis and relationship to living lab databases and analysisExcellent organisational, time-management and communication skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines.Desirable:Experience in dealing with multi-actors / stakeholdersProven track record of project administration in an enterprise or R&D settingExperience in engaging with industrial and commercial clients on projects along with supporting research provisionsExperience in dealing with and meeting the needs of industrial clients to meet complex needs including supporting and enabling innovationHolds up-to-date water safety certificationHolds a full driver’s licenceDemonstrate an effective ability to lead and work well in a team environmentExcellent written & spoken English.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities       Responsibility of the overall operation of a peatlands-based fish farm from an end-to-end POV.Facilitate and support knowledge transfer from peatland site to Experienced Post Doc work employed work on DAFM projectIdentifying requirements of the species and, selecting and overseeing preparation of site for species cultivation.Determining food requirements and structuring feeding regimes.Monitoring environment and maintain optimum conditions.Conducting and supervising stock examination to identify disease or parasites, and applying sustainable mitigation procedures to control and prevent infection.Operating and maintaining all site equipment including cultivating and harvesting equipment.Collecting and recording growth, production and environmental data.Facilitating the training of aquaculture support workers and technicians and technologists.Maintaining inventory and quality control methods.Determining, administering, and executing policies relating to operations administration and standards, and facility maintenance.Determining how to allocate resources, and how to respond to unanticipated problems such as insect infestation, drought, and fire.Conferring with biologists, fish pathologists, and other fishery personnel to obtain data concerning fish habits, diseases, food, and environmental requirements.Support on-site educational training.Support research, enterprise and innovation outputs in the BRI in these areas.Adhere to TUS processes. BRI project group will meet formally on a weekly basis to review the week’s progress and plan the work for the weeks ahead.Comply with industry regulatory policies.Comply with and contribute to institute policies, procedures and management systems as required.Carry out other duties that may arise which may be assigned by BRI Director.The role will report directly to the BRI Director, or designate.
Annual Leave23 days per annum.
SalarySFI Salary Scale Level 2a €42,032 – €48,427 (6 points)The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.
Contact DetailsThe Human Resources DepartmentTechnological University of the Shannon:Midlands MidwestEmail: (Midlands)
Additional InformationTechnological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest may form a panel of candidates from this recruitment, for other research positions. In addition to the minimum qualifications, it may be necessary to introduce further shortlisting criteria.  Therefore, candidates may be shortlisted based on qualifications and suitable experience, based on details given on the application form.We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, or membership of the traveller community.TUS staff who wish to apply must apply via the ESS system. Only on-line e-recruitment application forms will be accepted.TUS is an equal opportunities employer, working towards creating and sustaining an inclusive environment which promotes equality, embraces diversity and is committed to work-life balance policies for all.Canvassing will disqualify.
Personal DataAll personal data provided will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statements.


Research Field: All

Education Level: Bachelor Degree or equivalent

Additional Information

Work Location(s)

Number of offers available: 1

Company/Institute: Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

Country: Ireland

State/Province: Athlone

City: Athlone

Where to apply



State/Province: Westmeath

City: Athlone

Street: Dublin Road






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