Research Assistant

January 5, 2018
Research & Development
Job Type:



Innovative Dairy Production Systems and Technologies (DairyTech). DairyTech is funded by Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme which is co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. Industry stakeholders Dairymaster, Devenish Nutrition, FBD, Glanbia, Irish Friesian Holstein Association, Munster Cattle Breeding Group and Progressive Genetics also contributed significantly to the project.

Post Duration
09 months likely to be extended to 12 months
Reports to
Dr. Bridget Lynch/ Prof. Karina Pierce
College of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine
School of Agriculture and Food Science

Position Summary

DairyTech project undertakes novel research with a focus on sustainable, innovative milk production models that have both national and international relevance. The research planned is unique in Ireland. The production system research investigates significant issues for the dairy sector such as: breeding and genetics, grazing systems and forage utilisation, milk processability and bioeconomic factors of new dairy production systems. Importantly, much of the research on economics, genetics and breeding, grassland management and milk quality will take place will take place with a newly established 60 cow systems herd at the UCD Lyons Farm on fixed land holding of ca.17 ha.

Grassland management for higher input dairy systems: as part of the project valuable information on grassland management for higher yielding herds will be gathered where grassland management and optimisation in the diets of dairy cows has not been a priority to date.

The research assistant will co-ordinate the day to day grassland task activities and will report directly to Dr. Lynch. He/she will liaise closely with all project team. 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.

Gross Salary €21,459

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take on the responsibility for research completion concerned with your specific project work package under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator.
  •  Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, your School or Institute, or the University.
  •  Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of your Principal Investigator.
  •  Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute.
  • Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students in your group, School and Institute.
  • Carry out administrative work associated with your programme of research.

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria


  • Bachelors degree in agricultural science, crop science or animal science
  • An understanding of Irish agriculture, current and future developments
  • An understanding of the agronomy requirements of grass based dairy production systems
  • Background in grassland/dairy production and nutrition
  • Good Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc).
  • Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines.
  • Familiarity with, and ability to, interpret and adapt the latest innovations and research
  • Have good record keeping abilities with particular emphasis on computer literacy and data analysis


  • Previous experience in crop and animal research
  • Experience in setting own research agenda

Further Information for Candidates 
The University:
The College/Management Unit:
The School/Programme Office/Unit:
Other (Please specify):
For more details on DairyTech project please visit:
For Systems herd weekly notes:
Informal Enquiries ONLY to:
Name: Dr. Bridget Lynch
Title: Lecturer in Grass and Forge Science
Email address: [email protected]
Telephone: 01 601 2160

Where to APPLY

Apply on the UCD jobs portal

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