Job Description 

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

Grade/Salary: Research Officer with a Salary Scale of €34,650 to €67,440 

Job Type: Temporary Full Time 

Basic Function:  

We are seeking to recruit a competent, driven and enthusiastic Contract Research Officer to undertake research as part of the Meat Technology Ireland (MTI) Centre based in Teagasc Ashtown. This project provides an excellent opportunity for a Research Officer with expertise in meat science and statistical data analysis to join our research team and expand their knowledge and skill base through research of strategic importance to the Irish meat sector. Working in Teagasc and within the MTI, they will be part of a research team whose focus is to improve tenderness outcomes for the Irish red meat sector. This research will be firmly underpinned by a sound scientific understanding of meat eating quality, a high quality research approach, a keen eye for detail and accuracy in collecting, analysing, interpreting and reporting data. The research officer will be responsible for laboratory based analysis of meat quality, meat biochemistry and may be required to participate in factory sampling. An important aspect of the role will be in statistically analysing existing large datasets to elucidate pattern and process in influencing meat quality and other meat characteristics. Reporting directly to the lead of the Meat Tenderness Management Research Pillar (RP2), they will play a critical role in ensuring the research objectives are achieved in a timely, professional and high quality manner. They will communicate in a clear, effective way with the research team, industry, management etc. 

Person Specification  

Note: The ‘Essential’ qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined below are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the shortlisting process.  

Essential Qualifications 

  • Candidates must have an honours QQI Level 8 university degree in Food Science & Technology or a related discipline. 

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Post-doctoral or industry experience in meat science or a closely related discipline would be a distinct advantage. 

How to Apply 

To apply for this position, and view other vacancies in Teagasc, please visit The closing date for this position is Tuesday 1st December 2020 @12.00noon.  Applications received after this time will not be considered. 

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants. Canvassing will disqualify.  

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