Research Vacancies

Research Assistant-Technical

Job Posted: 10 Feb 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 24 Feb 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €20,459 - €32,930 (IUA Scale)

Position Summary:

The APC Microbiome Institute (formerly 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 1300 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 Preclinical Models Platform of the APC Microbiome Institute requires a Research Assistant – Technical to support researchers in the efficient, effective use of preclinical models by ensuring that research operates to the highest international standards. The appointee will be responsible for liaising with relevant researchers and performing investigations using a wide range of techniques in rodent models. The appointee will also guide investigators and researchers through the processes of applying to the HPRA for project authorisations under relevant legislation (SI 543/2012 and Directive 2010/63/EU). They will also be responsible for liaising with animal care staff, internal committees and bodies, and external stakeholders such as the HPRA.

The appointee will be required to hold an individual authorisation from the HPRA for the purposes of performing research procedures on animals, or to have sufficient training and experience to allow an application for these purposes to be made within a short timeframe after appointment. Certification as ACWO / NACWO would be an advantage, as would qualifications from relevant professional bodies such as the IAT or AALAS. A qualification in, or experience of, microbiology or a similar area would also be an advantage as the appointee will routinely handle bacterial, viral and clinical samples.

Post duration: 2 years

Salary: €20,459-€32,930 (IUA Scale)

Project: Pre-Clinical Models


A Research Assistant- Technical will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader and perform a variety of technical duties involved in conducting laboratory tests, experiments and determinations in support of the research project(s), programme, centre or institute


  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To perform a variety of technical duties involved in supporting the research project(s) or programme.
  • To work with the Principal Investigator to review work assignments and to develop plans to support the research/area.
  • To maintain lab books and lab reports.
  • Collection of data, research and record maintenance.
  • To make minor modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular equipment as required.
  • To order and maintain lab equipment and to provide the general essential laboratory services of the unit, i.e. these include but are not limited to the cleaning and maintenance of glass ware, research equipment and laboratory space as directed by the Principal Investigator of his/her nominee.
  • To determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests relevant to the research project(s) or programme, as required.
  • To prepare culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions relevant to the research projects, as required.
  • To maintain a sufficient inventory of materials, supplies and equipment.
  • To demonstrate practical procedures as required.
  • To ensure Health and Safety in the lab.
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.


  • A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc or MSc.
  • Undergraduate experience in laboratory practices and in conducting laboratory experiments.
  • Demonstrated ability to use standard lab equipment and techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to research.
  • Ability to maintain records and excellent computer skills
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills, including a proven ability to work to deadlines.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Colin Hill

Title: Prof

Email Address:

Telephone: 021 - 4901373

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, quoting unique id: Research Assistant- Technical, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to Gráinne Heelan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email:, +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 24th February 2017.

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

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