Professor of Marine Molecular Biodiversity

Professor of Marine Molecular Biodiversity

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Environmental Research Institute

The Irish Government has committed to double the number of PhDs educated in the country by 2013.With the aid of support from the “Strategic Innovation Fund” three of Ireland’s leading research universities have formed an Irish Marine Graduate School (IMGS) to ensure that the marine sector serves the national objective of achieving aknowledge economy and vibrant marine economy.Administered jointly by NUI, Galway, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Cork, the programme will deliver a new paradigm for marine graduate education on the island, and greatly expanded opportunities for PhD study.

As the first step towards bringing these institutions together to deliver this integrated programme, each of the three universities will hire a senior academic to spearhead the development of this collaborative endeavour.  

In this respect University College Cork seeks to appoint a Professor of Marine Molecular Biodiversity, under this SIF Marine initiative.The individual appointed should have a proven track record in molecular biodiversity of marine prokaryotes and or/eukaryotes and would be expected to form and lead an active research group and co-ordinate a graduate teaching programme in both areas. He/she would form a link between the major advances in molecular biology, particularly in the area of genomics and many areas of systems biology, whole organism biology, ecology and systematics.The appointee would be expected to make an important contribution to teaching in a Marine Graduate school and could also participate in high level courses in the other Universities involved in the SIF initiative. 

The appointee should ideally be an established scholar of international distinction with:

• An excellent research and publication profile;
• Outstanding, proven leadership capabilities;
• An ability to forge academic and infrastructural relationships within and among institutions;
• A proven capacity for accessing national and international research funding; and,
• An established record of mentoring PhD students and of leading a research team.

The position will be based in the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork [] which is an interdisciplinary research Institute established by UCC, to facilitate, foster and sustain collaborative multidisciplinary environmental based research within the University.The ERI is currently strengthening its research portfolio through the recruitment of a Professor in the Marine Molecular Biodiversity area to helpestablish and sustain this emerging research area. In addition this appointment will facilitate the underpinning and consolidation of existing research activities in cognate areas in the ERI particularly in the Biodiversity, Marine & Freshwater and Environmental Microbial Genomics areas, involving researchers from the Departments of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science and Microbiology

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Significant National Funding in this area will be available through a new National Initiative recently launched by the Irish Marine Institute[], entitled “Sea Change: Discovery Research Measure”[], involving a Marine Research Programme in Marine Biodiscovery/Biotechnology which will interface with other Irish Marine Institute lead initiatives in the Marine Functional Foods area.

National funding will also be available through the Biotechnology Directorate in Science Foundation Ireland

For further information/informal discussion please contact:

Professor Alan Dobson,
Director, Environmental Research Institute,
University College Cork,
Lee Road,
Cork, Ireland.
Tel: +353-21-4901946 / Email: 

Completed application forms should be returned to:

Department of Human Resources
University College Cork, Ireland.
Tel: + 353 21 4903073/ Email: / Fax + 353 21 4276995

Closing date:  Friday 20 April 2007

Application Form

Memorandum re Senior Academic Posts:

Human Resources

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