Research assistent Dublin

Job Description

College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

School of Veterinary Medicine

University College Dublin are undertaking a research project to investigate the impact of subacute ruminal acidosis on inflammatory responses and many related conditions in dairy cattle. 

Duration 12 months


Position Summary

High producing dairy cattle are often fed diets that cause excess acidity in the rumen because of the large amount of cereal grains they are fed. For grazing cows, published research from UCD indicates a high prevalence subacute ruminal acidosis, possibly owing to high levels of sugars and lack of effective fibre in modern day well managed perennial ryegrass-based pastures. The overall aim of this study is to evaluate dietary strategies that may improve overall rumen health as well as milk production and composition. Therefore, the information gathered from this study will help to improve animal welfare by determining optimal dietary strategies to reduce the occurrence of disorders such as subacute ruminal acidosis and other rumen process abnormalities. In addition, improved dietary strategies may result in improved milk production and composition, and thus facilitate the development of a more sustainable dairy industry, which would have significant economic benefits. Prevention of these conditions is particularly important as 12% of Irish dairy cows are thought to have subacute ruminal acidosis and 10% of herds have been shown to have milk fat depression. Improved dietary strategies may also help to prevent diet-induced inflammation and reduce the incidence of diseases experienced in dairy cows, which will also reduce the requirement for antibiotics for treating these diseases. The research assistant will co-ordinate the day to day tasks involved in experimental planning, conducting the experiment and will have involvement in sample and data analysis. He/she will liaise closely with all project team members. This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.


Fixed Salary: €22,109

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take on the responsibility for research completion including dairy cow husbandry tasks concerned with your specific project under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator and team members
  • Engage in experimental planning
  • Engage in laboratory analysis and or data analysis roles
  • Engage in regulatory administrative work as directed by Principal Investigator
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development as required by your Principal Investigator, your School or Institute, or the University.
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute.
  • Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students in your group, School and Institute.
  • Carry out other administrative work associated with your programme of research.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


  • Bachelors degree in agricultural science or animal science or similar
  • Experience in dairy cow husbandry
  • Good Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc).
  • Aptitude to work within a team of committed researchers
  • Availability to conduct after hours research and weekend work as the research programme requires
  • Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to
  • deadlines.
  • Have good record keeping abilities with particular emphasis on computer literacy and data
  • analysis
  • Familiarity with, and ability to, interpret and adapt the latest innovations and research

Interested? Request more information or apply by sending an email to Egbert Kanis.

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