Research Vacancies

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 08 Dec 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 19 Jan 2018
Department: Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and APC Microbiome Institute
School: School of Medicine
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €44,643-€47,255 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Health Research Board-funded Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in Exercise Physiology/Exercise Psychology based in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and the APC Microbiome Institute (, University College Cork. The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science is focused on research in the area of stress-related psychiatric disorders and comorbid conditions. This 3 year position is available to complete a series of clinically-oriented studies aimed at developing an exercise intervention for the regulation of tryptophan metabolism, mood and cognitive performance. The successful candidate will be expected to make an outstanding contribution to the clinical arm of the laboratory and to work towards successfully meeting the goals and objectives of the project. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the CardioRespiratory Laboratory in the Department of Physiology and the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience.

Highly motivated and experienced candidates with a strong background in the application of ergometry-based exercise techniques to the study of clinical populations are encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant area (Exercise Physiology or equivalent) along with significant postdoctoral experience. Proficiency in exercise interventions in human subjects is essential. Experience with subject recruitment, clinical interviewing skills, laboratory skills and cognitive assessments is also desirable but training can be provided. The candidate should have excellent communication skills, a good command of the English language and be highly motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team. A proven track record of publication in peer reviewed journals is also expected. Candidates will be expected to work with samples of clinical origin and are required to hold suitable vaccinations for this purpose. Salary will be commensurate with experience and subject to Irish Public Sector guidelines.

To Apply: Applications (Curriculum Vitae with cover letter and contact details for at least two referees) and informal queries should be sent, by e-mail, to Dr Gerard Clarke, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and APC Microbiome Institute, University College, Cork, Ireland. e-mail:

Post duration: up to 3 years

Salary: €44,643-€47,255 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Impact of Exercise on Tryptophan Metabolism, Depression and Cognition


This is an advanced research training role, building on their prior experience as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in UCC or elsewhere, where you will conduct a specified programme of research and research training under the guidance of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to deliver research results and objectives, develop new or advanced research skills and competencies, the successful development of funding proposals and to interact in the supervision and mentorship of graduate students, in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

The Post-Doctoral/Senior Post-Doctoral phase has an expected duration up to a maximum of 6 years, subject to the term of the project, on a full-time or part-time basis. Movement to the grade of Senior Post-Doctoral researcher in the University will be by competing for an advertised post. External appointments made directly to Senior Post-Doctoral research positions must have previous post-doctoral experience of at least 3 years.


  • To conduct and lead a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To secure competitive research funding for research proposals.
  • To engage in appropriate and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, School or College.
  • To assume a role in the design as well as the execution of research, contributing significantly to the development of research proposals and funding successes.
  • To support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of a research programme.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • To engage in the wider research 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 have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with the supervisor or supervision team.
  • To conduct administrative and management work associated with the research project.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To engage in costing research grant proposals and take on financial management of projects.


  • A PhD qualification in Psychology or equivalent.
  • Extensive competence and experience in a relevant research area.
  • Experience in relevant techniques including cognitive assessments/stress response measurements.
  • Experience in subject recruitment.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Experience of applying for and securing funding.
  • A track record of publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Goal oriented.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, report writing and data analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to process and analyse human clinical samples including plasma and saliva.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with key stakeholders.
  • 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 Gerard Clarke

Title: Lecturer in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science

Email Address:

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. by email to Dr Gerard Clarke, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and APC Microbiome Institute, University College, Cork, Ireland. e-mail:,  before the closing date 19th January 2018.

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

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