Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Agriculture and Food Science

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£36,284.67 - £42,980.84 per annum
25 May 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Jun 2023
Contract Type

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

This post will involve computational modelling of the implications of land use change to agroforestry for pig production on the island of Ireland. The role is funded via the OneWelPig project, which will use a `One Welfare' approach to characterise, compare, and investigate the potential impact of transitioning to alternative high welfare pig production systems in Ireland. A One Welfare approach considers the interconnectedness of animals, humans, and the environment in which they live. The larger project will involve experimental work collecting indicators of animal, human and environmental welfare in a high welfare/extensive system, and controlled evaluation of an agroforestry pig production system, as well as economic, social and environmental life cycle assessment of alternative pig systems.

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:

  • Develop alternative land use scenarios resulting from an increased potential agroforestry pig production.
  • Evaluate the implications on Irish agricultural economic and environmental indicators at national and NUTS II regional level.
  • Using the FABLE model, produce projections of future agricultural activity levels and land-use are required under various scenarios.
  • Engage with DAFM about the project.
  • Undertake training as required.

Post Doc Level 1 Full time 42,033 - 48,427 per annum / 0.5fte pro rata 21,016 - 24,213 per annum
Post Doc Level 2 Salary: 49,790 Full time / 0.5fte 24,895 pro rata per annum

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

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 13th June 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.


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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