Research Vacancies

Research Support Officer

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: €43,000 p.a

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 Support Officer to lead 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 guiding 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, and have significant experience in this area as well as experience of preparing and mentoring applications for project authorisations as above. Certification as ACWO / NACWO would be a distinct 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.

Salary: €43,000 p.a

Project duration: 2 years

Project: Pre-Clinical Models


This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g., BSc, MSc or PhD employed on a contract for the purpose of supporting a research project, programme, centre or institute. A Research Support Officer will work under the direction of one or more Principal Investigator (s)/ Senior Researcher(s) within a dedicated laboratory on one or more research projects.



  • To provide specific research skills to support the on-going development of the research team and to contribute to the transfer of knowledge in the specific research area.
  • To undertake research under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Head of Research Centre.
  • To provide support in a specific area of expertise, including the use, maintenance and management of research, including equipment.
  • To perform a variety of technical duties supporting the research project or programme, as required.
  • To draw up detailed technical specifications as required.
  • To support research project activities.
  • To oversee installation of equipment, where required.
  • To assist in setting up and maintenance of equipment, where required.
  • To assist PI’s and researchers in performing lab work, where required.
  • To coordinate lab activity to support the research area/project where required.
  • To develop contacts to acquire knowledge and understanding of the research project and research related work.
  • To facilitate collaboration by liaising with other research groups within UCC and externally including industry projects.
  • To develop and maintain a good working relationship with service departments in UCC.
  • To co-ordinate day-to-day work to support the research project.
  • To liaise with the Principal Investigator(s) and colleagues on matters relating to the research.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the research project and research related work.
  • To ensure compliance with Health and Safety procedures.
  • To perform other duties related to the work described herein.



  • A graduate qualification in a field or discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc, MSc of PhD.
  • Proven experience of carrying out research in the relevant research speciality.
  • Demonstrable achievements in delivering results.
  • Ability to interact with stakeholders from a range of disciplines
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High level of initiative.
  • Hold an individual authorisation from the HPRA for the purposes of performing research techniques on animals.
  • Significant experience in performing preclinical research and in preparation of applications for such research under relevant legislation.
  • 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: RSO-Preclinical 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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