Research Vacancies

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 09 Dec 2016
Closing Date for Applications: 16 Dec 2016
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €43,643 - €46,255 (IUA Scale)

Position Summary

Background:  The APC Microbiome Institute (Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre) was formed in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and in conjunction with key industry partners. It represents a seamless collaboration between UCC, Teagasc and CIT. 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. Over the last decade the APC Microbiome Institute has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The APC Microbiome Institute has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1000 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC Microbiome Institute collaborates with over 20 industry partners and employs over 300 individuals, from the scientific PI’s funded by the partner Institutions, the management team, and a dedicated group of research scientists, research assistants and postgraduate students.

The successful candidates will be part of the Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis team led by Prof. John Cryan and Prof. Ted Dinan in the APC Microbiome Institute, which addresses the communication between the brain and the gut, and how it can be influenced by gastrointestinal microbiota. The aim of this project is to elucidate the role that the gut microbiome plays in ageing and how it interacts with lifestyle factors such as daily stress and diet and thus result in the development of diet- and brain-related disorders in critical periods of life. We use state of the art neurobiological techniques to relate changes in behavioural phenotype, as a consequence of gastrointestinal microbiota intervention strategies, with changes in immune, stress, neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter systems (see Cryan and Dinan, Nat Rev Neuro 2012; Borre et al., Trends Mol Med 2014).  The program is highly interdisciplinary, utilizing behaviour, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, electrophysiology and brain circuit determination coupled with metabolomics & microbiome analysis.

Qualifications/experience: The ideal candidate(s) must have a PhD and a strong publication record in a relevant scientific discipline (eg. Neuroscience, Neuroimmunology, Neuroendocrinology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology) and several years’ experience with animal research. They will be self-motivated applicants for the post of Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher should have a PhD, 2-3 years research experience and proven ability to conduct independent research to a very high level.

Latest start date: 3rd January 2017

Salary: €43,643 - €46,255 (IUA Scale)

Post Duration: 1 year


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 work with colleagues to communicate key findings emanating from the research programme.
  • To report on research activity in both oral and written format.
  • 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 in a relevant scientific discipline (eg. Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Neuroimmunology, Neuroendocrinology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Nursing, Medicine)
  • Extensive competence and experience in a relevant research area working with animal stress models
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Experience of applying for and securing funding.
  • Experience with animal handling and husbandry in aged animals would be an advantage
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

post candidates should contact:

Name: John F. Cryan

Title: Professor & Chair Dept Anatomy & Neuroscience/ Principal Investigator APC

Email Address:  

Telephone: 021-4205476

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to Grainne Heelan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland., +353 21 4901430, on or before 16th December 2016.

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

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