Short-term postdoc wanted!

Post-doctoral research assistant wanted for Farm-Ecos project (Farming and Natural Resources: Measures for Ecological Sustainability)

Farm-Ecos is a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded, interdisciplinary project, which aims to identify and outline the evidence base for novel, cost-effective measures to protect and enhance farmland biodiversity. The project started in June 2017 and is a collaboration between Teagasc, NUIG, GMIT, TCD and DCU. The project has conducted on-farm assessments of habitat quantity and quality and of indicator species diversity across a range of farming intensities in Sligo and Wexford.

We are seeking a short-term (8 month) post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) to join this team, based in the research group of Jane Stout in the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, but working closely with the whole Farm-Ecos team. The PDRA will:

  • Use plant and insect data collected on farms in Wexford and Sligo to test and refine score cards for assessing biodiversity on farmland
  • Incorporate best-practice and knowledge from other projects (e.g. EIP projects on results-based payments) and finalise score cards and rapid assessment cards into tools for future use
  • Develop a framework for policy recommendations from Farm-Ecos
  • Write policy notes, scientific papers, blogs and media posts to disseminate Farm-Ecos outputs.

Key skills


  • PhD in ecology, agro-ecology, entomology, farmland ecosystem services or similar
  • Proven ability to work in a team and to communicate effectively with other team members – the position will involve collaborative data sharing, analysis and writing
  • Good quantitative and statistical skills
  • Excellent written communication skills to prepare clear and precise documents and reports


  • Knowledge and interest in farmland pollinators, natural enemies, and/or ecosystem services
  • Understanding of agri-environmental policies, CAP, farmland biodiversity assessment
  • Languages skills – must be fluent in English

Salary: This appointment will be made at point 1 of the PDRA scale from the Irish Universities Association Researcher Salary Scales i.e. €38,632 per annum (gross) for 8 months, from 1st October 2020.

To apply: please send letter of application, outlining suitability for the post, and a CV including the names and contact details of two referees, to Jane Stout before 28th September 2020. Interviews will be conducted 29th September (via Zoom).

For further information contact Jane Stout (

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