Research Masters Fellowship Opportunity, A bioeconomic analysis of the impact of genotype and nutrition of high yielding dairy cow in grass-based systems

Research Masters Fellowship Opportunity


A bioeconomic analysis of the impact of genotype and nutrition of high yielding dairy cow in grass-based systems



The NUTRIGEN project is a joint multidisciplinary collaboration involving researchers at UCD, Teagasc and AFBI (Northern Ireland) which aims to examine the impact of various feeding strategies and genetic traits on dairy cow performance. As part of this project a research masters student is being recruited to conduct an economic analysis of the impact of alternative animal breeding and feeding strategies at the farm level. This masters student will utilise results from trials carried out at UCD Lyons Research Farm as well as Teagasc Moorepark and AFBI to provide the data for the farm-level analysis. The aim of the masters fellowship is to develop a bioeconomic model in order to analyse the potential costs and benefits associated with the findings of the alternative research trials carried out as part of the project. Once the model is developed it will need to be validated drawing on the combined expertise of the full project team. A number of scenarios will then be developed based on the previous tasks and examined using the model.
The specific objectives will include:

  1. Development and validation of a bioeconomic model for a typical dairy farm.
  2. Validation of the bioeconomic model.
  3. An examination of the costs and benefits of alternative feeding and breeding strategies for a typical dairy farm.



Candidates should have a first or upper second-class honours degree in agricultural science, economics or a related subject. It is expected that the student will be based at UCD. There may be scope to extend this fellowship to a PhD fellowship subject to additional funding be available.


The successful candidate will be expected to register with the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin for a Masters degree. The fellowship provides an annual stipend of €24,000 a year, with €6,000 to cover university fees and the remainder paid as a monthly stipend to cover living costs etc.  The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after 1st of September 2019.

Further Information

Dr James Breen, School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0)1-7167764                  e-mail
Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae, including the names and addresses of at least two referees as well as a letter of interest to:
Dr James Breen e-mail

Closing date 28th of June 2019.
This Fellowship is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Research Stimulus Fund.

Updated: 20th June 2019 — 1:42 pm