Recruitment notice: Temporary Research Officer

Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Friday 15th December 2017

Responsible to: Senior Research Officer

Location: Based in IFI Dublin Head Office, Citywest, Dublin 24, but will be required to travel periodically.

Background to this position:

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the state agency responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

IFI is a partner in the INTERREG VA funded COMPASS project which will establish a network of buoys in the seas between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and western Scotland with oceanographic sensors to monitor environmental conditions, marine life (including migratory salmonids) and ambient noise. The COMPASS project will develop cross-border capacity for the monitoring and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and species by delivering a network of buoys for the regional seas, and regional-scale models.  The network of buoys will telemeter data and deliver monitoring and research programmes for oceanography, with data to support the conservation of priority species such as seals, cetaceans and salmonids.

The Atlantic salmon is an anadromous fish species and an Annex II species under the Habitats Directive whose populations are in decline across their distribution in the North Atlantic. Substantially reduced marine survival from the post-smolt (initial marine stage following freshwater residency period) to the returning adult stage has been observed over the past decade. Sea trout, an anadromous species closely related to salmon, is widely distributed in north European waters. The critical issue for both species is population decline without full knowledge of causes. The species are closely related and are present for some of their lifecycle in the same rivers and coastal waters, but there is an emerging need for different population management strategies due to their differing life history strategies and ranges used in the marine environment.

Under COMPASS the ecology of salmonids in the inshore marine environment in the north-east of the country will be investigated using telemetry, primarily via a network of moored acoustic receivers, to record movement of salmonids in the region, to deliver:

  • Marine range determination for sea trout
  • Marine migration pattern determination for salmon smolts
  • Near-shore partitioning of marine mortality in salmonids

The project will involve extensive monitoring of salmon and sea trout movement in the inshore marine environment using acoustic and other telemetry methods. IFI, working closely with the Salmonid Work Package (WP) leaders AFBI, will be responsible for delivery of this WP in ROI waters. IFI proposes to recruit a Telemetry Project Manager (at Research Officer grade) to project manage and to undertake and deliver the telemetry aspects of this WP.  The initial appointment will be to end-2018. Due to staff time funding limitations the appointee is likely to be involved in other IFI fish research/monitoring activity, in addition to their primary duties within the COMPASS project.


Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons with academic training in a relevant area, a track record in project management combined with delivery of large scale technical projects, and significant experience in telemetry. It is envisaged that relevant background experience may come from candidates qualified in the areas of project management and telemetry (essential) and a combination of fish or environmental monitoring, marine ecology or other relevant area. 

The remit for this post covers the following key tasks:

  • Project management including budgeting, planning and administration
  • Delivery of the telemetry element of project to include receiver deployment, fish capture & tagging (seasonal), receiver recovery and data analysis and management
  • Reporting (all reports and management briefs etc) and dissemination
  • Contribution to modelling of salmonid marine habitat usage 
  • Development of scientific advice for conservation management of salmonids in the nearshore marine environment

Education and experience:

Each candidate should possess:


  • A primary degree in a relevant area
  • Demonstrable experience in technical project management
  • Demonstrable experience in planning, budgeting, monitoring and project administration (including claim processing)
  • Demonstrable experience of working in teams
  • Demonstrable experience of field survey work in rivers, transitional waters or the marine environment
  • Qualification in fish handling and surgery
  • Demonstrable experience in fish telemetry including fish capture, fish surgery and tag implanting/attachment
  • Demonstrable experience in data collection and analysis
  • Demonstrable experience in operating with GIS and database software
  • Demonstrable presentation skills, and capacity to network with personnel in other public authorities and the voluntary sector (e.g. anglers)
  • Demonstrable experience in report writing, scientific writing for peer-review journals etc.
  • Full clean driving licence valid for use in Ireland


  • Postgraduate qualification and experience in a relevant area (project management/ telemetry)
  • Experience of working with salmonids
  • Experience of working in boats
  • Experience of modelling (fish and or habitat models)

Tenure:  Temporary – to the end of 2018

Research Officer Salary Scale (1.4.17): €33,866 – €65,104 (14 point scale plus 2 LSIs)
Appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Friday 15th December 2017


Late applications will not be processed.


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Inland Fisheries Ireland is an equal opportunities employer