Job announcement by Teagasc
Contract Research Officer – Remote Sensing of the Environment (Ref: ROR/AFRC/0214)
|Post Type:||Temporary Funded Contract post, the indicative duration of which is 19.5 months, subject to contract.A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled.|
|Title of Project:||Identifying the Distribution and Extent of Agricultural Land of High Nature Value|
|Location:||Teagasc Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15|
|Reporting To:||Head of Department and/or other nominated manager|
|Grade/Salary:||Research Officer, with a starting salary of €31,729 per annum. The current salary scale is €31,729 to €56,430.Starting pay will be at the minimum of the scale per Government Circular E100/8/82. Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current or previous service in the public sector (including Teagasc).
Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.
|Basic Function:||Develop the geospatial analyses and remote sensing methodologies (high spatial and high temporal resolution optical satellite and airborne data) for predicting the distribution of High Nature Value (HNV) farmland in Ireland. Assist with ground-truthing based on aerial ortho-photography, and liaise with partners in the selection of locations of field-based ground-truthing (including some field work). Lead the quantitative analysis to support the analysis of socio-economic /farm system information as a predictive tool for HNV/landuse. Prepare manuscripts for publication, and contribute to wider dissemination.|
|Background:||The successful candidate will be part of a larger national project, Ideal-HNV (funded by the DAFM through the Research Stimulus Fund) with national partners and an international steering committee. The applicant will be based with the Department of Agribusiness and Spatial Analysis in the Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre in Dublin, Ireland.High Nature Value farmland areas are associated with high levels of biodiversity and other public goods. This element of the project will develop a geo-spatial analysis to estimate the national extent and distribution of potential HNV farming systems (This is the principal task for the position being advertised). This methodology will use available geo-spatial data on vegetation type, farming systems, designated areas, farming intensity and land use/cover. We will also investigate an innovative remote sensing methodology that combines new high-resolution satellite imagery with other datasets and will apply this to a case study area (5000 km2) to assess its ability to more directly measure nature value of areas.
Other parts of the project, being undertaken by our collaborators in Teagasc, Environment Research Centre, Wexford and Sligo IT, will develop and validate a decision support system for field- and farm- scale identification of HNV farming systems. The project will also analyse the potential implications (positive and negative) of HNV policies from the perspective of farm socio-economics and consequences for other policies. The project will provide a methodology that will contribute to the baseline indicator for HNV farming for Ireland under the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (CMEF).
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and apply geo-spatial analytical methods for identifying systems associated with HNV farming.
- Examine the use of remote sensing methods to identify HNV areas at local scale.
- Take part in the design and execution of field work campaigns both for validation of the remote sensing exercises and to meet the broader demands of the project
- Collate and manage geospatial datasets connected to the project
- Disseminate project results.
- Manage key relationships including, but not limited to, other members of the project team, farm bodies, and other stakeholders, from the public and private sectors
- Assist other members of the project team with various administrative duties associated with the co-ordination of this research project
- To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
- To actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
Note: The ‘Essential’ qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined below are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the short listing process.
How to Apply
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