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TEAGASC PHD WALSH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

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About Opportunity

The reintegration of livestock and cropping systems has potential to play a significant role in the
development of the EU circular agro-economy and contribute to sustainable growth through
the recycling of materials and resources, the minimisation of waste, and reduced reliance on external
inputs (i.e. synthetic fertiliser) while also having potential environmental an economic benefits. However,
changing farming systems is associated with significant challenges, such as the uncertainties around the
effect on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, nutrient leaching, land degradation (i.e. grassland converted
to cropland) and farm profitability. The objective of this PhD scholarship is to assess the economic
consequences of crop-livestock related circularity and subsequently develop an economic incentive
framework to encourage circular farming. The PhD scholarship is part of the ReLIVE project, a
transnational ERA-Net project funded by the EU, participating national funding agencies and the Global
Research Alliance. The postgraduate will liaise with international collaborators in assessing the economic
implications of identified management practices that can mitigate GHG emissions and increase C
sequestration. Effective management practices will be evaluated for their cost-benefit ratio as well as
being evaluated as initial technical/policy advice. The postgraduate will be involved in the development
of a Gold Standard certification methodology and transparent monitoring approach, which will be used
to evaluate and quantify the impact of proposed circular farming activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to hold a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate
discipline. The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and have a strong understanding of
livestock and cropping systems. Applicants must be fluent in English (spoken and written). For applicants
whose first language is not English, requirements are outlined here.

Benefits

The four year PhD Scholarship is a joint research project between Teagasc Moorepark and the School of
Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin (UCD). The student will be based at Teagasc
Moorepark and registered at UCD, working under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Herron (Teagasc) and
Michael Wallace (UCD). The scholarship funding is €24,000 per annum which includes €18,000 stipend
and University fees for EU citizen fees are a maximum of €6,000 per year.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter detailing their qualifications and experience to Dr.
Jonathan Herron jonathan.herron @teagasc.ie

Official Website: TEAGASC PHD WALSH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

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