Research Vacancies

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 03 Mar 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 31 Mar 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €43,643 - €45,255 (IUA Scale)

Position Summary

We are seeking a postdoctoral bioinformatician or computational scientist to work on an exciting European collaborative study called DINAMIC. The aim of the project is to understand the role of the microbiome in modulating risk for metabolic disease particularly Type 2 diabetes. The project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) to encourage European networks. The appointed bioinformatician will thus work in close collaboration with leading microbiome labs in Amsterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Naples, Munich and Paris. They will apply cutting-edge analysis of amplicon and shot-gun microbiome sequence datasets to establish the effect of faecal microbiota transplantation and dietary intervention on the composition and function of the intestinal microbiome in patients with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes.

Prof. O’Toole’s lab in the APC Microbiome Institute  ( is one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. It is widely recognised that the gut microbiota plays an important role in human health, and this field has become one of the most dynamic, complex and exciting areas of research in both molecular microbiology, which impacts on both the food and pharmaceutical arenas. The APC has made several landmark discoveries in this area, and has published over 1000 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. Prof. O’Toole’s lab has conducted major investigations of gut health in the elderly and IBS (Pubmed IDs: 22180058, 22797518, 26090993), and maintains international collaborations examining gut microbes and cardiovascular disease risk and colon cancer (24247281,  26992426).

DINAMIC takes advantage of current APC research on diet-microbiota interactions, with the main aim of the recruited bioinformatician being to identify microbiota changes associated with beneficial clinical outcomes human subjects enrolled in clinical trials in the Netherlands and Italy. The appointee will be based in the School of Microbiology/APC, UCC, on the main campus in the friendly city of Cork.

The post would be suitable for a bioinformatician with a background in genome sequence analysis, microbial community analysis, biostatistics or related programming.  The project will involve analysis of microbial community composition datasets (rRNA genes amplicons) generated by next-generation sequencing methodologies (pyrosequencing), and by shot-gun sequencing of total community DNA (Illumina), and accompanying clinical metadata. The appointee will work as part of a larger bioinformatics team in Cork, and will also work closely with project scientists in the DINAMICS partners across Europe. They will receive specialist training as required, but must be capable of working independently, of developing and applying computational solutions to biological questions, and of mentoring graduate students.

Salary: €43,643 - €45,255 (IUA Scale)

Post Duration: 2 years

Project Title: DINAMIC

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

This is an advanced research training role, building on their 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.
  • Extensive competence and experience in a research area.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Leadership potential.
  • 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: Paul O’Toole

Title: Professor

Email Address:

Telephone: 021 - 4903997

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. and quote unique position id DINOT1 or the post you are applying for to Ms. Gráinne Heelan, Research Support Officer, APC Microbiome Institute, UCC.  Applications will be accepted up till March 31st 2017 although the position may be filled before then.  Email: /Tel: 021-4901430.

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

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