Fully Funded Masters Scholarship On  “Reducing Fertilizer Nitrogen Emissions In Field Using Nitrification And Urease Inhibitor Technologies”

Master's & postgraduate Fully Funded Masters Scholarship On “Reducing Fertilizer Nitrogen Emissions In Field Using Nitrification And Urease Inhibitor Technologies”

Deadline: 10 April 2023

  1. Background

This is a call for a self-motivated, enthusiastic student to undertake a fully funded 2-year Research Masters project. You will investigate the potential of urease and nitrification inhibitors to reduce emissions from nitrogen and nitrogen plus
sulphur fertilizers. This scholarship is funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine as part of a larger project focused on the efficacy and safety of inhibitors (Grant number 2021R477).

Nitrogen (N) fertilizers contribute to farm productivity by boosting plant chlorophyll production and thus photosynthesis and the production of plant biomass.  We must raise the bar on the environmental credentials of the fertilizer N that is applied on Irish farms to meet sustainability goals. In your Master’s project work you will conduct
field research, write up your results in you thesis and publish your work. Your work will help agriculture meet emission reductions targets while maintaining or improving yield performance and nitrogen use efficiency.

You will have the support of the team at the Teagasc Soils, Environment and Land Use Department within the Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme at the Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford Research Centre.

  1. Requirements
  • The work will be a mix of field, lab and scientific writing. Applicants should hold or expect to hold a first or a second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Agricultural Science, Plant Science, Soil Science, Environmental
    Science, Chemistry, Biosystems Engineering).
  • Candidate should be highly self-motivated and be interested in
    agriculture along with both field and laboratory work.
  • Field sampling and laboratory experimental and analytical skills
    are highly desirable as is a good practical knowledge of Irish agricultural production systems and farm nutrient management practices.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English (spoken and written) and must hold a full EU driving license.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, requirements are outlined HERE.
  1. Award
  • As a student you will be primarily based at the Teagasc Johnstown Castle Research Centre and will be registered at
    University College Dublin, under the supervision of Prof. Enda Cummins in association with Teagasc supervisors
    including Dr. Patrick Forrestal.
  • The Scholarship provides an annual flat rate stipend of €18,000 and contribution to university fees of up to a maximum of €6,000. Fees for non-EU citizens are significantly higher.
  • The scholarship is tenable for 2 years.
  1. How To Apply?
  • Please, submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a short letter describing why you are motivated to apply for this particular position simultaneously to: Dr. Patrick Forrestal: [email protected]  & Prof. Enda Cummins: [email protected] before the deadline.
  • For further Information, please contact  Dr Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland email: [email protected] Prof. Enda Cummins, University College Dublin. email: [email protected]

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