Research Vacancies

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 03 Mar 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 10 Mar 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €35,488 - €42,394

Position Summary

Background: 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 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 Microbiota-Gut-Brain 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. 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 both electrophysiology (MEA, patch clamping and single cell) and animal research. They will be self-motivated applicants with a PhD, > 5 years research experience and proven ability to conduct independent research to a very high level. Preclinical experience and license is a necessity.

Post duration: 12 months

Salary: €35,488-€42,394

New entrants will start at Point 1 of the scale

Project: Microbiata-Gut-Brain Axis: Unique ID Spoke 3 3 J

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.


  • 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 (Irish police) vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process. 

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: John F. Cryan

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

Email Address:

Telephone: 021 4205426

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 the closing date 13th March 2017. Please mention the Unique ID Spoke 3 3J in your submission.

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

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