Research Vacancies

Research Assistant

Job Posted: 12 May 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 19 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.

Position Summary

Background to Research Environment: The APC Microbiome Institute was formed in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and over the last decade the APC Microbiome Institute has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota and gut inflammation 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 scientific organisation of the APC Microbiome Institute consists of several integrated research themes or ‘Spokes’ which are supported by multiple shared core technology platforms. The APC Microbiome Institute has significant strengths in microbiology, mucosal immunology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research, bioinformatics, pre-clinical and translational IBD research and is comprised of several multi-disciplinary teams investigating how the gut microbiome interacts with host systems to regulate human health and disease.

 Unique Position ID: 7l

Required Qualifications/Experience: BSc. (Immunology/Molecular or Cellular Biology or Human Health & Disease), with research and laboratory experience in academic or/and industry/pharma setting essential. 

Description of project and role: We are seeking a highly motivated and well-trained research assistant scientist to join the APC’s Gut Inflammation Research Spoke to provide laboratory and research support to a large research team. The goal of our group is to identify and validate several new therapeutic targets for patients with IBD, including those patients that do not respond satisfactorily to current therapeutic approaches.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Knowledge of human immunology, inflammation, IBD and/or human disease research.
  • Knowledge of and experience with culture of mammalian cell lines and primary cells.
  • Experience with immune cell biology and primary culture of immune cells.
  • Knowledge of and experience with mammalian cell signalling research.
  • Experience with MACS® cell separation technology, immune cell biology and primary culture of immune cells.
  • Experience with Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) MULTI-ARRAY Technology
  • Excellent in vitro and molecular biology skills (cell culture, plasmid preps, cloning, RNA, DNA and protein isolation, IF, WB).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative research environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Post duration: 1 year

Salary: €21,459-€33,930 p.a.

Project: Gut Inflammation : APC3/Spoke 7


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: Dr. Ken Nally

Title: APC Microbiome Institute Principal Investigator & Lecturer in School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Email Address:

Telephone: +353 21 4901302

To Apply:

Please submit a 1 page cover letter quoting the UniqueID:7l, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to, +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date of May 19th 2017.

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

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