Research Assistant, BioSciences Institute

Research Assistant (BSc Level), BioSciences Institute

College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position (BSc level) in a newly established laboratory, housed within the BioSciences Institute and Department of Biochemistry at University College Cork, Ireland. This individual will be responsible for managing daily operations of the research laboratory, planning and coordinating lab activities, purchase, installation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, and assisting PhD and Postdoctoral researchers with their projects. The research focus of our new laboratory is the study of Hematopoietic Malignancies. In particular, we are interested in hematopoietic development and how this process is perturbed in leukemia. The primary focus is on the recently identified Trib2 oncogene, and understanding how it contributes to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We are interested in understanding the normal function of Trib2 and how it can lead to leukemia. Another focus of the laboratory is the understanding of transcription factors in hematopoietic development and disease, and how these factors are perturbed by oncogenes. A range of techniques are used including retroviral gene transfer and bone marrow transplant models, flow cytometry, and molecular and biochemical techniques

This position is open from July 2007 and is funded by Science Foundation Ireland-PIYRA.

Applicants should have a BSc in biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology or related science discipline. A successful candidate must have good hands-on laboratory skills, working knowledge of mammalian cell culture, cell biology and recombinant DNA technologies. The candidate should be enthusiastic and able to learn and acquire new techniques particularly in vivo modelling.  The candidate must have excellent personal skills, must be detail-oriented and well organized. Good communication skills and some computer skills are preferred, along with the ability to work effectively in a team. Applicants with previous experience in a molecular and cell biology research environment are preferred. The position is for at least one year with possibility of extension.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae & the names of two referees. Please email to:

Karen Keeshan BSc PhD, SFI-PIYRA investigator, C/O Ms. Olive Cosgrave, Department of Biochemistry, BioSciences Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, Email:

Closing Date: Friday, 23rd May 2008

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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