Research Vacancies

Research Assistant

Job Posted: 05 May 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 26 May 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €21,459-€33,930 p.a. (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.

Post duration: 12 months

Project: Microbes to Molecules

Salary: €21,459-€33,930 p.a. (IUA Scale)

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g., BSc or an MSc, employed on a contract for the purpose of assisting in the performance of research in the University. A Research Assistant will usually work under the direction of one or more Principal Investigator’s/Senior Researchers within a dedicated laboratory on one or more research projects.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of a research project.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.
  • To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing technical reports including conclusions and recommendations. To coordinate the development of forms, questionnaires and the application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques; write procedures manuals for data collection and coding.
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
  • Ideally to contribute to the publication of findings.
  • To confer with the Principal Investigator in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

 CRITERIA

  • A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc or MSc.
  • Some research experience is desirable.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Previous laboratory experience and practices are desired.
  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High levels of initiative are encouraged.
  • 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: c.hill@ucc.ie

Telephone: 021 - 4901373

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, quoting unique id: KCH1, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to Gráinne Heelan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email: apc.administrator@ucc.ie, +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 26th May 2017.

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



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