Research Assistant, DairyTech – School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD

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
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.

Updated: 2nd February 2018 — 1:35 pm