Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Biology and Environmental Science

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£36284.67 - £42980.84 per annum
01 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or 2 within UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science.

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow in pest-risk analysis and ecological modelling to join an active research team working on the analysis and communication of plant pest risks ( The work is in collaboration with Met ireann, the UK Met Office, DAFM's Pest-risk Analysis Unit and a related project on forest pests (

This research will support Ireland's plant biosecurity policy and stakeholders in Ireland responsible for management of pests and pathogens. The post-doctoral fellow will be based in UCD's Earth Institute. The position is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and will be mentored by Dr Jon Yearsley.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project: 

  • To review the existing mathematical modelling approaches linking insect plant pest and pathogen outbreaks to the climate,
  • Develop visual tools, in collaboration with a web developer, that help support risk assessment of plant pests and pathogens, and inform their surveillance under a changing climate,
  • Contribute to a network of stakeholders that guides the development of the visualisation tools

Postdoc Level 1 Salary: 42,033 - 48,427 per annum OR

Postdoc Level 2 Fixed Salary: 49,790 per annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 22nd March 2023.

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.

The PD1 position is intended for early stage researchers, either just after completion of a PhD or for someone entering a new area for the first time. If you have already completed your PD1 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD1, or you are an external applicant whose total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 4 years, you should not apply and should refer to PD2 posts instead. or The PD2 post is intended for researchers that have completed PD1. As with the PD1, if you have already completed your PD2 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD2, or your total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 6 years, you should not apply and should refer to Research Fellow posts instead.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:

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