Research Vacancies

Research Support Officer

Job Posted: 23 Jun 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 14 Jul 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €39,000 p.a. (Personal Rate)

Position Summary

Background: The APC Microbiome Institute (APC) 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, Moorepark 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 has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The APC has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1600 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC comprises over 300 individuals, from the scientific PI’s (APC Faculty), the management team, and a dedicated group of postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and postgraduate students.

Description of Role: A person is required to manage the Q-TOF/LC-MS platform based in the LC-MS Suite in the Food Science Complex, and to carry out sample analyses and method development. The role is to perform various analyses across multiple disciplines and liaise with researchers in the APC Microbiome institute as well as other UCC research groups, ensuring that maximum potential of the Q-TOF is achieved.

Required Qualifications/Experience: The candidate(s) will have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. or higher in a relevant scientific discipline and have significant knowledge and experience of working with Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (Q-TOF). Previous experience and knowledge of proteomics and metabolomics analyses and data handling would be very advantageous. The candidate will be highly self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently, and as part of a team.

Project: Q-TOF Platform

Post Duration: 2 Years

Salary: €39,000 p.a. (Personal Rate)


This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g., B.Sc, M.Sc or Ph.D 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.


  • Management, operation and maintenance of a Waters Q-TOF/LC-MS and Nano-Acquity LC system on a daily basis to ensure their continued and successful operation.
  • Development of methodology and existing protocols for sample preparation and analysis.
  • Expand the user profile and the operations spectrum
  • Dissemination of results to researchers through mass spectral interpretation, database searching and software analysis (bioinformatics).
  • Coordination of samples and technical reports to a wide range of users from multidisciplinary backgrounds.
  • To provide analytical support in areas such as and proteomic and metabolomics.
  • To advise research staff and project collaborators regarding sample extraction, preparation and analysis
  • Manage the budget for the facility (including invoicing users)
  • Attend courses for skills updates as appropriate
  • 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.
  • You will be required to do four activities annually for the Education and Public Engagement programme.
  • 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. B.Sc, M.Sc or Ph.D.
  • Proven experience of carrying out research in the relevant research speciality.
  • Demonstrable achievements in delivering results.
  • Experience with project budget management and financial reporting
  • Ability to define and manage end-user charges with regards to both complexity of work and sample numbers.
  • 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.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.


  • Experience with both proteomics and metabolomics data analysis and interpretation.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Susan Joyce

Title:  Dr

Email Address:

Telephone:+353 21 4901343

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter with the contacts of at least two referees together with you CV and quoting the unique ID QTOF to Grainne Heelan,, on or before the closing date 14th July 2017.

The position may be filled before the closing date should a suitable candidate apply.

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

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