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Researcher in Agricultural Economics (Kerry Campus)

Closing Date: 5pm on 15th June 2021

Farm ZEro C is an SFI-funded collaboration between industry and academia aimed at addressing SFI’s Zero Emissions Challenge. Farm ZEro C aims to deliver a range of sustainable strategies which collectively can help to create a more sustainable and resilient dairy sector. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a replicable net zero emissions model for dairy farmers. Farm ZEro C strategies include sustainable land management practices, deployment of bioeconomy and renewable energy technologies, anti-methanogenic dietary additives and improving and increasing farm natural habitats. Building on these strategies, Farm ZEro C will develop a business plan in the form of a social innovation blueprint which can be replicated among farmers to support a wider adoption of Farm ZEro C strategies throughout the agricultural sector.

The Farm ZEro C team is led by SFI BiObic Centre and Carbery Group, with partners including University College Dublin, Munster Technological University Kerry, Trinity College Dublin, Teagasc and GRASSA B.V.

Munster Technological University is currently recruiting a Researcher in Agricultural Economics or related discipline to join the Farm ZEro C team. This is an excellent opportunity for an early stage researcher to become involved in a high impact, multi-disciplinary project.

Working with the MTU and Farm ZEro C team, including technical team members, the researcher will evaluate and elaborate the business cases underpinning the different Farm ZEro C emission abatement strategies before integrating these within a social innovation blueprint which can be adopted across the dairy and wider agricultural sector. This business case analysis will include details on capital investments, operational costs, revenues and cost reductions, return on investment, value proposition, suppliers etc. for each emission strategy. To enable the full impact of Farm ZEro C strategies, the researcher will also participate in replication and knowledge transfer activities to support the wider adoption of the social innovation blueprint and strategies more widely among the farming community. The researcher will also work closely with Farm ZEro C Information Technology researchers to support digitalization of this innovation blueprint. At MTU the project is led by the Circular Bioeconomy Research Group (CircBio) at Shannon ABC and the IMAR Research Centre.

Description of Work

Tasks and Responsibilities include:

Working with the Farm ZEro C team, the researcher will collect primary and secondary data required to conduct economic projections of diverse Farm ZEro C strategies, working closely with team members across relevant tasks and work packages

Conduct an analysis/scoping on market and policy aspects impacting Farm ZEro C strategies

Building on above, co-design a social innovation blueprint which integrates the business cases of various Farm ZEro C strategies

Work with task leaders to develop supporting content on Farm ZEro C strategies for farmers

Work closely with Farm ZEro C Information Technology research team to digitalize the social innovation blueprint via an accessible online platform

Support wider replication and adoption of Farm ZEro strategies through dissemination of the social innovation blueprint and underpinning business cases

Qualifications and experience:

The ideal candidate will have a minimum post-graduate degree (MSc or PhD) in a relevant field, such as agricultural economics, techno-economic assessment, or related discipline. The candidate should also have direct project or work experience evaluating the business cases around innovations within the agricultural, food, primary production or related sectors.

Candidates must demonstrate the following:

-Minimum of 1-year experience

-A Degree or postgraduate degree in a related area is essential

-Experience in data collection for the purposes of business case development

-Experience in economic analysis

-Experience in market analysis

-Excellent analytical, project management and report writing skills

-Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and organizational skills

-Immediate start is essential

-The following is desirable

-Understanding of economics around dairy or related agricultural systems

-Understanding of sustainable innovation developments and related policy within the agricultural sector

-Experience participating in collaborative research projects

-Experience in design and exploitation of social innovation initiatives

-Knowledge in monitoring, reporting and verification

-Full driving license


This post is full time 18-24 months’ duration, with a salary of €37,028.

Application Procedure

All applications to be made online

Informal enquiries to James Gaffey

Position is contingent on successful completion of project Grant Agreement


This post is based within the CircBio Group located at Shannon ABC in Munster Technological University in Tralee however, occasional national visits will be essential to collaborate with industrial and academic partners.


Agricultural economics, Interpersonal Skills