NUIG 190-18, Postdoctoral Researcher, Agricultural Economics

NUIG 190-18, Postdoctoral Researcher, Agricultural Economics

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a postdoctoral researcher with the Economics Discipline at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This is a two year position funded by the Department of Agriculture and the Marine (DAFM), available immediately or as soon as possible.

This postdoctoral position is an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher interested in agricultural economics. The research will focus on the economics of animal welfare and antimicrobial use in the agricultural sector and is part of large multi-disciplinary project exploring animal health and welfare, as well as antimicrobial resistance.

Information on project

The project “surveillance welfare and biosecurity of farmed animals” will address major current and emerging animal health and welfare problems in the agricultural industry. This will be achieved through an multi-disciplinary programme that responds to three related research topics: factors influencing utilisation of animal health surveillance and diagnostic services; multi-stakeholder perspectives and behaviours impacting on animal welfare; and quantification of the benefits of farm-level biosecurity practices. The overall project combines expertise from economics, psychology, sociology, veterinary medicine, animal welfare and epidemiology.   

Job Description

This post will focus on the economics of animal welfare from a farm level perspective and also explore on-farm antimicrobial use and its implications. This includes the design of an experimental survey and conducting econometric analyses on primary, as well as available unique panel data of Irish farmers.


  • ·         Discrete-choice experiment survey design
  • ·         Data analysis
  • ·         Write-up and presentation of research findings
  • ·         Participation/organisation of research group meetings

 Qualifications/Skills required:

 Essential Requirements:

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics or related discipline
  • Experience in econometric modelling
  • Evidence of research activity (publications) and/or future scholarly output (working papers, etc.)

 Desirable Requirements:

  • Good understanding of the agricultural sector
  • Experience in the design of discrete choice experiments
  • An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation, etc.)
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines

  Salary: €39,138 to €47,728 per annum         

 Start date: Position is available immediately   

 Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  

 Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

 For information on moving to Ireland please see

 Further information about the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics is available at

 Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Doris Laepple (

 To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV,and the contact details of three referees should be sent as one document via e-mail (in PDF only) to Dr Doris Laepple (

Please put reference number NUIG-190-18 in subject line of e-mail application.

 Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday, 14 December 2018

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.



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NUIG 190-18, Postdoctoral Researcher, Agricultural Economics