Research Vacancies

Research Assistant - Technical

Job Posted: 18 Aug 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 01 Sep 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute and Biological Services Unit
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €21,459-€33,930 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

This position is primarily a support role for the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) and will be managed in accordance with the conditions of Directive 2010/63/EU and S.I. No. 543 of 2012. The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (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. This post will provide essential support to the physical workload of running a busy in- vivo research facility. The APC and the Biological Services Unit(BSU) Manager are therefore recruiting for the following two Research Assistant- Technical Posts.

Post Duration: 1 year

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

Project: APC Research Support Managed by the BSU



A Research Assistant- Technical will work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader and support a variety of technical duties involved in conducting laboratory tests, experiments and behavioural determinations in support of the research project(s), programme, centre or institute. The duties are regulated under the above named legislation. The post will incorporate general facility housekeeping in accordance with the procedures established in the facility which can be physically demanding.


  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader and under direct day to day supervision of the Senior Technical Officer.
  • To perform a variety of technical duties involved in supporting the research project(s) or programme.
  • To work with the Principal Investigator and Senior Technical Officer to review work assignments and to develop plans to support the research/area.
  • To maintain lab books and lab reports and all other necessary documentation to ensure compliance with S.I 543 of 2012.
  • 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 and through supervision of PI.
  • 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 facility equipment, 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 compliance with 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.
  • Maintaining a high level of cleanliness due to the nature of research performed and the legislative requirements.
  • Waste Marshalling.


  • A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc or MSc.
  • Experience in a relevant research or veterinary environment highly desirable
  • 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.
  • Flexible work arrangement including weekend and college holidays.
  • Ability to work in a physically demanding environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
  • Note: This position is subject to passing a job specific health screening process.


For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: BSU Manager

Email Address:

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. electronically to the BSU Manager, on or before the closing date of 1st September 2017.

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

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