Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Applications are invited for a Temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within School of Agriculture & Food Science
This is a temporary contract position for 2 years that involves modelling of mitigation strategies involved in the Irish Marginal Abatement Cost Curve analyses using process-based models (DayCent, RothC). The models will be parameterized and calibrated, particularly in terms of climate and soil impacts, on crop and grass growth in order to better simulate Irish pedo-climatic conditions using data from Teagasc experiments. The calibrated models will be used to evaluate the impacts of land use change and management practises on carbon and nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas emissions in particular, at the national scale. Modelled field scale emission factors will be integrated into the farm-scale modelling framework.
The Postdoc will lead tasks involving the assessment of impact of mitigation strategies using process-based models and development of the national agricultural emissions model framework. The successful candidate will be responsible for executing the project work at UCD, and will take the lead in data analysis and in writing progress reports, presentations and publication of findings in peer-reviewed publications.
The Irish Climate Action Plan 2021 has set ambitious targets to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by 51% and agricultural emissions by 22-30% by 2030. Currently agriculture accounts for over 34% of national greenhouse gas emissions. Methane and nitrous oxide account for approx. 2/3 and 1/3 of national agricultural emissions, respectively. In addition, there are also substantial carbon sinks in Ireland that can be used to offset greenhouse gas emissions. There is, therefore, a need to a) dramatically reduce emissions and b) enhance carbon sinks associated with agriculture. LABMACC is a newly DAFM-funded project, started in February 2022 co-ordinated by Teagasc, involving UCD as a project partner.
The main aim of the project is to investigate a wide range of new agricultural measures to reduce greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from Irish farms, which will be included in a new Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) for Irish farmers to achieve climate neutrality. Achievement of the above targets pose significant challenges for agriculture across the island of Ireland. Previous Teagasc MACC calculated the abatement potential of agriculture, land-use and agribioenergy based on 27 individual measures. This new project seeks to build on the previous MACC and quantify mitigation associated with a range of new measures that reduce nitrous oxide emissions, enhance carbon sinks via land-use and displace fossil fuel emissions via closed farm nutrient loops using enhanced production of bio-based products. It will also evaluate the economic and mitigation consequences of incorporation of abatement measures into production systems and help develop farmer decision support tools.
Salary: €39,522 - €45,610 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience
Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 29th July 2022
Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.
UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.
Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website: https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/.