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Head of Precision Grazing Systems Research Principal Scientific Officer

REF: IRC277597

DEPARTMENT: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI)

SALARY: £52,026 - £55,685

LOCATION: AFBI Hillsborough, Large Park, Hillsborough, BT26 6DR

AFBI is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic scientist to lead and further develop its programme of research and development with a focus on grazing systems for ruminants, with a primary focus on dairy systems.  Collaborating extensively with both academics, industry and government, the individual will be expected to lead a team which can integrate soil, grassland and animal science to deliver the key outcomes of sustainable milk and meat production from grazing systems.  The post holder will have access to AFBI’s highly instrumented research platforms encompassing 78 ha of instrumented grassland including data flows from in-field grass and soil sensors, a range of wearable technologies on livestock, robotic milking platform with grazing access, range of aerial drones with NDVI and hyperspectral sensors and precision indoor forage/concentrate feeding systems with livestock position/activity monitoring.  This is an exciting opportunity for a grassland/animal scientist to further advance AFBI Hillsborough as a leading centre of excellence in the area of milk and meat production from grass-based systems and related precision technologies.

Further appointments may be made from this competition should AFBI positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

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Completed application forms must be submitted no later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 29th August 2022.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Roman Catholics and Females as these groups are currently under-represented within AFBI.


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