Applications are invited for a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team on the DAFM-funded project “Duckweed as a novel, sustainable source of protein for Ireland (Duck-Feed)”.
Internationally, there has been strong interest in the development of Lemnaceae (Duckweed sp.) biomass as a source of plant protein, and as a replacement of soybean in feeds. Rapid growth, high protein content and a desirable amino acid profile are amongst the key features that make duckweed species promising candidates as a native protein source for Ireland. The Duck-Feed project is a multi-partner project focusing on all key bottlenecks of growth, processing, use and public acceptance, that need addressing to integrate this crop in Irish-farming. The key objectives of the Duck-Feed project are to develop improved, small scale outdoor cultivation systems, develop Lemna growth on farm waste-streams, optimise protein extraction technology, assess feed quality, economic and environmental viability, and public acceptance of duckweed as a native, protein-rich feedstock.
The current vacancy is for a motivated individual who is experienced in plant sciences research. Excellent communication with the different groups within the project as well as outreach and stakeholder engagement will be required.