Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship Opportunity, Evaluation of Sustainable Beef farming systems

Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship Opportunity

Evaluation of Sustainable Beef farming systems



Cattle farming systems which rely mainly on grasslands and agri-industrial resources that are non-edible for humans may be more sustainable than cattle production systems which use feedstuffs that could also be used as human food. The SUSTAINBeef project is an ERA-Net project with partners in 5 EU member states (including Teagasc and UCD in Ireland) examining the sustainability of grass-based beef production systems within the EU. The objectives of the SUSTAINBeef project are:

  1. To co-define a set of environmental, social and economic indicators to compare the sustainability of contrasted beef production systems
  2. To co-define potential scenarios for the evolution of more sustainable cattle farming systems in the main EU beef production regions.

Funding is available for a four year PhD fellowship modelling the sustainability of Irish beef systems using the FarmDyn systems model. Working under the supervision of staff in UCD and Teagasc as well as in close collaboration with staff at the University of Bonn, the student will update the FarmDyn model with data for representative Irish farms. The student will then use the model to examine the economic and environmental sustainability of the representative farms under alternative policy scenarios as well as differing technical assumptions.
This fellowship awarded under the Teagasc Walsh Fellowship programme allows the successful candidate the opportunity to complete a PhD under the supervision of UCD and Teagasc, while also collaborating closely with staff of other leading European research institutions.



Candidates should have a first or upper second-class honours degree in agricultural science, economics, environmental science or a related subject. It is expected that the student will be based at UCD and at Teagasc, Grange during the PhD programme.


The successful candidate will be expected to register with the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin for a 4-year Ph.D. degree. The fellowship provides an annual stipend of €22,000 for 4 years. University fees are paid by the student from the stipend. 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: james.breen@ucd.ie

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 simultaneously to:
Dr James Breen e-mail: james.breen@ucd.ie

Dr Edward O’Riordan e-mail:  edward.oriordan@teagasc.ie


Closing date 28th of June 2019.

Updated: 20th June 2019 — 1:42 pm