Research Assistant, Molecular Biology/Microbiology

Research Assistant, Molecular Biology/Microbiology

A position is available for a Research Assistant – Molecular Biology/Microbiology to take part in a study of gut health in elderly subjects. The appointee will work as part of a multi-centre team, including UCC, CUH and Teagasc Moorepark, that will use metagenomics and clinical analyses to examine microbiota-health relationships in elderly subjects. The position will be based in the Microbiology Department, UCC, and will liaise closely with clinical staff in Cork University Hospital and St. Finbarr’s Hospital. The appointee will apply a range of analytical techniques to clinical samples including serum, faeces and urine. Experience in molecular techniques including DNA extraction, PCR and ELISA is essential; vaccinations appropriate for handling clinical material are required. This is a full-time fixed term contract appointment.

Please send

1) A letter of introduction stating why you would be suitable for the position.

2) Your CV, including contact details and e-mail addresses for two people willing to provide a reference letter.

3) Deadline for applications is January 25th 2008. Only those candidates considered suitable for the post will be informed by return email. Candidates considered suitable for the post will be required to attend for interview (date and location to be announced).


Job description

Location:University College Cork
Job type:Contract, full time
Salary:  €31,836 per annum


  • Analyse biological samples including faeces, blood, urine using a range of microbiological, molecular biological and serological techniques
  • Liaise between admin staff, clinical staff and analytical staff
  • Enter project data into a lab information management system
  • Perform recording, tracking and storage of biological samples
  • Undertake routine laboratory duties
  • Good Computer skills, preferably including DNA sequence analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team

Please send covering letter and CV Dr. Paul O’Toole, University College Cork, Ireland, (; 021 490 3997) from whom further information may be obtained.



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