Research Vacancies

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 09 Aug 2019
Closing Date for Applications: 30 Aug 2019
School: APC Microbiome Ireland
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €37,221 - €44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

APC Microbiome Ireland was formed in 2003 and since then it has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The centre has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1,000 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC is a lively trans-disciplinary environment with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds working in teams, sharing ideas and resources.

It is widely recognised that the gut microbiota plays an important role in human health and has become one of the most dynamic, complex and exciting areas of research in both food and pharmaceutical arenas. 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 advertised position is within APC’s Gut Phageomics Laboratory, consisting of over 20 researchers investigating the role of the gut bacteriophages in health and disease. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work within this lab as part of the APC’s ‘Gut Phageomics Spoke’ which is collaborating with a major multi-national pharmaceutical company to explore the role of bacteriophages in shaping the human gut microbiome.

The ideal candidate should have a:

  • A PhD in bacteriophage biology.
  • Experience in investigating candidate bacteriophage for phage therapy potential.
  • Have hands on experience with in vivo and/or ex vivo models.
  • Experience with investigating the microbiome (NGS and/or bioinformatics).
  • Proven ability to conduct independent research to a very high level.

Post Duration: 22 months

Salary: €37,221-€44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Gut Phageomics (Unique ID 5C)

Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University. 

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly 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 possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.

CRITERIA

  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
  • The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the APC’s Public Engagement programme, by being involved in science related dissemination activities for the public and schools.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Prof. Colin Hill

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

Email Address: c.hill@ucc.ie

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, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. apc.administrator@ucc.ie, +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 30th August 2019. Please quote unique ID 5C on your application.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL: http://www.ucc.ie/research/apc/content/



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