Research Vacancies

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 09 Jan 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 16 Jan 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €43,643 - €46,255 (IUA Scale)

Position Summary 

Background: The APC Microbiome Institute is a trans-disciplinary research centre, with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds working in teams, sharing ideas and resources. Although focused upon the gastrointestinal bacterial community (the microbiota), the scale and scope of the work has become one of the fastest moving areas of biology.  The microbiota is not only a target for treatment and prevention of disease, it is a repository for functional food ingredients and even new drugs and is a source of novel biomarkers of disease risk. The scientific organisation of the APC consists of a matrix of ‘spokes’ or themes of intellectual pursuit which are supported by multiple horizontal or shared technology platforms.

This position is within APC’s Spoke 1, Microbes to Molecules, which mines biological entities (‘pharmabiotics’) from the gut microbiota, including probiotics, prebiotics, bacteriocins, bacteriophages and other bioactive molecules with potential in food and pharmaceutical applications. The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will be based at the Gut Phageomics Laboratory, consisting of up to 20 researchers investigating the role of the phageome in health and disease. With a PhD and at least three years of post-doctoral research experience, he/she will have a prominent role in guiding research within this spoke.

Qualifications/experience:  The ideal candidate should have a background in molecular biology (preferably bacteriophage biology), and proven ability to conduct independent research to a very high level.

Salary: €43,643 - €46,255 (IUA Scale)

Post Duration: 2.25 years

Project Title: Microbes to Molecules (Unique ID 1.1L)

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

This is an advanced research training role, building on prior experience as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in UCC or elsewhere, where you will conduct a specified programme of research and research training under the guidance of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to deliver research results and objectives, develop new or advanced research skills and competencies, the successful development of funding proposals and to interact in the supervision and mentorship of graduate students, in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

The Post-Doctoral/Senior Post-Doctoral phase has an expected duration up to a maximum of 6 years, subject to the term of the project, on a full-time or part-time basis.  Movement to the grade of Senior Post-Doctoral researcher in the University will be by competing for an advertised post. External appointments made directly to Senior Post-Doctoral research positions must have previous post-doctoral experience of at least 3 years.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • To conduct and lead a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To secure competitive research funding for research proposals.
  • To engage in appropriate and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, School or College.
  • To assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes.
  • To support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of a research programme.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • To engage in the wider research activities of the Research Group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with the supervisor or supervision team.
  • To conduct administrative and management work associated with the research project.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To engage in costing research grant proposals and take on financial management of projects. 


  • A PhD qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Extensive competence and experience in microbiology/molecular biology (preferably with experience of bacteriophage research)
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Leadership potential.
  • A significant relevant publication record
  • Experience of applying for and securing funding.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name:     Prof Colin Hill

Title:         ‎Professor of Microbial Food Safety, Principal Investigator APC Microbiome Institute

Email Address:

Telephone:              +353 21 4901373

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to Grainne Heelan, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland., +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 16th January 2017. Please quote unique ID 1.1L on your application

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:

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