RESEARCH FIELDAgricultural sciencesEnvironmental scienceEthics in natural sciences
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE24/02/2020 12:00 – Europe/London
LOCATIONIreland › Dublin
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
Post Specification: 034385
Post Title: Research Assistant
Post Status: Fixed-term Contract – Full-time.
Research Group / Department / School: Botany, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: Botany, School of Natural Sciences,
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Reports to: Trevor Hodkinson
Salary: Appointment will be made on the IUA Salary Scale for a Research Assistant at a point in line with Government Pay Policy. Appointment will be made no higher than point 3. Alternatively, the position can be filled as a registered MSc student with stipend of 24,000 Euro per annum (inc. fees).
Hours of Work: Full time
Closing Date: 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time), 24th February 2020
Please note that Garda vetting will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for a post.
“NEXCELSIOR: Next Steps in Managing The Impact of Ash Dieback”
The NEXCELSIOR project is funded by DAFM and coordinated by Trinity College Dublin. Ash trees have considerable economic, cultural and environmental value for forestry and ecosystem service provision. Given the rapid spread of ash dieback disease in Ireland since its first finding in 2012, and the extensive and severe damage caused by the pathogen in mainland Europe, research is needed to inform the governments (north and south) and industry on ways to minimise the impact of this fungal pathogen. The pathogen is now past the point of eradication, being present in all 32 counties. This spread of the disease has been reflected in the recent change of policy in Ireland and Northern Ireland to one of management rather than eradication. NEXCELSIOR will therefore devise strategies for managing ash forests. Key knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of alternative management strategies and their effect on (i) wood quality degradation, (ii) impact of other pathogens with ash dieback infected trees, and (iii) pathogen spread in relation to management regime and microclimate. Our group including Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin and AFBI Northern Ireland will use molecular DNA identification of associated pathogens, and field experiments testing differing silvicultural practices aimed at limiting the impact and spread of the disease. We will couple these with literature reviews and horizon scanning to further guide management and predict future impacts of new pathogens.
Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post
This position will: Examine the potential interaction of other pathogens with ash dieback disease; Undertake a horizon scan of other pathogens of ash in Europe to investigate the potential extra threat to ash on the island of Ireland to further invasions of ash pests or pathogens; Examine the range of other pathogens affecting ash. Infected ash trees in hedgerows and plantations will be sampled from genetically heterogeneous material to identify the pathogens causing wood decay; Examine the leaf litter fungal community of infected ash to examine how it influences apothecia production and disease spread.
First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline such as Plant Biology, Genetics or Forestry.
Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)
Plant and or fungal biology
Writing of reports/theses
Plant and/or fungal genetics
Molecular DNA laboratory experience
Fungal endophyte biology
Good communication skills and must be prepared to work within a multidisciplinary team. Possession of a Driving licence.
Skills & Competencies
DNA data analysis
Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to:- Trevor Hodkinson, Trevor.Hodkinson@tcd.ie