Teagasc PhD opportunity in Crops

PhD Fellowship Opportunity

“Optimising Winter oilseed rape management in a mild climate”



The sustainability of current crop production practices in Ireland is challenged by the lack of rotation resulting in higher production costs, lower profit margins and increasing monoculture problems. There is a need to increase the area of broad-acre break crops such as winter oilseed rape (WOSR).  A key aim of the DAFM funded Opti-BC project is to develop an understanding of the factors impacting on the performance of OSR crops in Ireland and to develop crop management practices that will improve performance in our climate. Specifically for this PhD work programme, the aim of the work will be to: 1) establish the range of WOSR crop performance on Irish farms and to determine the factors which may be associated with any variability measured and; 2) to determine the impact of post-winter crop management strategies on crop growth, development and yield of crops of varying biomass levels.

This PhD fellowship will help to underpin future OSR production by providing a better understanding of the factors which impact on crop performance in Irish conditions and by determining optimum management strategies for crops which present differently post winter, due to a combination of variation in weather, sowing date and defoliation by bird feeding.



Applicants should have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (Agricultural Science, Crop Science, Plant Physiology or similar.). The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and be prepared for extended periods of field work with accompanying lab and data analysis.  The work will include a comprehensive survey of growers commercial crops and an extensive purpose-developed field trial programme.



The PhD Fellowship is part of a joint research project between Teagasc, Oak Park and the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) with further support from ADAS in the UK. The student will be based, at Oak Park under the supervision of Dermot Forristal and registered with WIT under Tony Woodcock.  Dr Peter Berry of ADAS will also be involved in the supervision of the work.  The fellowship will start in August once a suitable candidate is available.

The fellowship provides a stipend of €22,000. University fees are paid by the student from the stipend which is tenable for 4 years.


Further Information/Applications

Dr Tony Woodcock, Waterford IT, Cork Rd., Waterford

Phone +353 (0)51302623              email: twoodcock@wit.ie

Mr Dermot, Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, Republic of Ireland

Phone +353 (0)59 9170261            email: dermot.forristal@teagasc.ie




Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest simultaneously to:

Dr Tony Woodcock (twoodcock@wit.ie) and

Mr Dermot Forristal ( dermot.forristal@teagasc.ie)


Closing date

16th June 2017.

Updated: 11th August 2017 — 2:26 pm