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Research Assistant-Technical

Job Posted: 20 Apr 2018
Closing Date for Applications: 04 May 2018
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €21,674-€34,269 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

APC Microbiome Ireland (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 our microbiome (community of bacteria/viruses and fungi that live in and on our bodies) 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 1700 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC comprises over 300 individuals, from the scientific PI’s (the APC Faculty) funded by the partner Institutions, the management team, and a dedicated group of research scientists, research assistants and postgraduate’s students.

We are recruiting a Research Assistant to support an industry-funded research project focused on the role of the microbiome in early life in shaping brain development, physiology and behaviour. The successful candidate will be part of a research team led by Catherine Stanton and Paul Ross in APC Microbiome Ireland. The successful candidate will play a key role in sample analysis and preparation. We use state of the art neurobiological techniques to determine factors that can shape the microbiome in early life, relate changes in behavioural phenotype, as a consequence of gastrointestinal microbiota intervention strategies, with changes in immune, stress, neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter levels.

Essential Qualifications/Experience:

  • BSc or MSc in a relevant biological scientific discipline (e.g. Microbiology, Biochemistry)
  • Up to 4 years’ experience post degree qualification
  • Experience with microbiological (bacterial) culture, DNA extraction, Library preparation and molecular analyses would be an advantage

Post duration: 12 months

Salary: €21,674-€34,269 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: MiMIC4


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.

The list of duties detailed above is not intended to be exclusive or restrictive and may be adjusted dependent on the area of research.


  • A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc or MSc in microbiology or a closely related biological science
  • 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.
  • The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the APC’s Public Engagement programme, by being involved in science related dissemination activities for the public and schools.
  • 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: Catherine Stanton

Title: Professor Dept of Psychiatry/ Principal Investigator APC Microbiome Ireland

Email Address:

Telephone: 025 42606

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees, quoting UNIQUE ID MiMIC 4 to Grainne Heelan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland., +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 4th May 2018.

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


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