Research Technician

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Citywest, , IE


IFI has a vacancy for a Research Technician in the Research and Development Division. This position would suit a graduate or a post-doctoral candidate seeking real world experience in freshwater and marine recreational fisheries research, conservation and management.

The role will provide mainly laboratory based technical support to the Research Officer/Senior Research Officer responsible for each project/programme. She/he will contribute to fish population studies using standard analytical methodologies. Some field-based survey work may also be included in this role. The candidates will also assist in the compilation and analysis of information on a range of fish species and habitats and any other relevant information deemed necessary.

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This role would suit candidates with excellent general laboratory and analytical skills, particularly those with mass spectrometry experience. Elemental analysis of bony tissues of various freshwater and marine fish species is a major part of this role. IFI would be interested in receiving applications from highly qualified candidates with an interest in enhancing their ICPMS (Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry)  experience.

Main duties will include:


  • Undertake technical duties in IFI’s ICPMS laboratory and associated laboratory units
  • Undertake assigned marine fish sampling programmes
  • Supervise any assigned staff
  • Monitor performance and development of any assigned staff and ensure the appropriate direction and training is provided.
  • Assist the RO/SRO in planning, co-ordinating, executing and reviewing relevant annual or project-specific programmes
  • Contribute to support and development of core elements of programmes including administrative, field, laboratory and analytical functions
  • Ensure the safe and appropriate operation of all systems and equipment
  • Attend relevant meetings/consultations etc as required
  • Liaise with internal and external customers/stakeholders as required
  • Ensure effective and regular communication with staff, contractors and suppliers to facilitate the smooth operation of IFI activities

Laboratory function

  • Provide high quality technical services for IFI, specialising in ICPMS.
  • Undertake ICPMS sample analysis and sampling survey data analysis and be responsible for data analysis including delivery of statistically robust outputs
  • Independently execute any required maintenance activities on mechanical equipment in accordance with established guidelines and operating procedures
  • Keep up to date with current research in relevant target species and analytical techniques

Data Collection Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the SRO/Research Officer to deliver assigned work programmes (field and laboratory) and ensure agreed deadlines are reached
  • Work independently or as part of a team in the field and with the support of regional IFI staff when required
  • Collect supporting data on the biology and ecology of fish populations and on the fisheries habitat in rivers, lakes and transitional waterbodies.
  • Assist in the collection of data on biotic and abiotic elements in the waterways surveyed.

Data Processing/Analysis & Reporting

  • Be responsible for processing field and laboratory samples in a timely manner
  • Maintain raw data and all other records in a clear, concise manner
  • Be responsible for uploading and storage of all data into an appropriate database and undertake QA
  • Undertake relevant statistical analysis and interrogation of results including presentation in GIS formats
  • Collate all outputs and present in reporting format as required 

Other Duties 

  • Actively contribute to development of IFI’s research programme Assist the Research Officer in ensuring that other elements of the programme not specifically linked to data collection and analysis, are achieved in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Provide any technical support necessary for timely delivery of relevant programmes.
  • Liaise with other IFI staff working on related projects as required.
  • Support production of relevant guidance documents
  • Contribute to advancing ICPMS based research at IFI
  • Carry out such other duties as may be assigned to the post from time to time by the RO/SRO.

The work may involve periods of field survey work all over Ireland. The field work will be influenced by weather/tides; consequently, the position may require flexibility regarding working hours. Transport will be provided for field duties. The position will be based in IFI’s Head Office in Citywest (Dublin) and therefore travelling on a daily/weekly basis will be a requirement.

Note: The above attempts to outline in a broad sense the range of duties associated with a Research Technician. Other duties may arise as the requirements of the projects/programmes and our stakeholders change over time.

Job requirements

Essential Experience / Qualifications

  • A relevant Diploma or Degree or equivalent
  • Full current driving licence valid in the state
  • Experience in laboratory work (preferably spectrometry/ICPMS or related elemental chemistry analysis)
  • Experience in the use of statistical packages
  • Experience in using GIS Software
  • Good experience in IT is required in order to support and produce documents, briefing papers, reports and presentations etc
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and strong communications skills
  • Self-motivation and ability to work on own initiative
  • Good presentation skills
  • Experience with working in water and working outdoors in all weathers

Desirable Experience / Qualifications

  • A relevant Honours Degree or equivalent (NFQ Level 8)
  • Specialist experience in two or more of the following areas: fish sampling/ ageing/identification of fish species in Ireland/LA-ICPMS
  • Full EB class driving licence
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to spot errors and question information received


Technician appointments will normally be made at the first point of the scale:

€35,182, €37,550, €38,973, €40,722, €42,488, €45,836, €48,591, €51,340, €54,069, €55,812 (LSI1)

Candidates should note that salary will not be subject to negotiation and the rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. New entrants to the public sector will start on point 1 subject to Haddington Road Agreement and subsequent Government Agreements.


Appointment to this position will be a specific purpose contract to end Sept 2021. Contract duration likely to extend but is dependent on related external funding.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 11th June 2021