Research Vacancies

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 06 Jul 2018
Closing Date for Applications: 01 Aug 2018
Department: Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, Cork Neuroscience Centre, APC Microbiome Ireland
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoctoral researcher position which is available from October 2018. This position is funded by a prestigious Network of Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (CoEN) award through Science Foundation Ireland, and in a consortium partnership with the MRC in the UK and MDS in Italy. We welcome applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers to join a research programme aimed at elucidating mechanisms underpinning gut-brain axis and cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease. The successful candidate will be expected to make an outstanding contribution to preclinical investigations in this regard. He/she will have access to facilities for state of the art cell and molecular biology, cell and tissue imaging, and behavioural analysis. The project will be supervised by Dr. Yvonne olan in collaboration with Prof. Cora O’Neill in the APC Microbiome Ireland research centre and Cork Neuroscience Centre.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Neuroscience or related discipline and will ideally have previous experience in the area of hippocampal neuroinflammation and neuroplasticity. He/she should be proficient across a range of techniques including but not limited to stereotactic surgery, viral vector technology, behavioural analysis, immunocytochemistry and stereology. A track record of first-author publications in peer reviewed journals is also essential. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent communication skills, and be comfortable working in a collaborative and sociable environment.

Post duration: 2 years

Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Gut microbes, Neuroinflammation and Alzheimer’s disease: determining the immunoregulatory role of gut microbiota on brain and behaviour.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development.  The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI).  It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly 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 possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.


  • A PhD qualification in Neuroscience.
  • Research experience in techniques including, but not limited to stereotactic surgery, viral vector technology, behavioural analysis, immunocytochemistry and stereology.
  • Competence and accomplishment in basic cellular and molecular techniques (qRT-PCR, western blotting).
  • Knowledge of mechanisms underlying neuroinflammatory-induced changes in hippocampal function.
  • A track record of first-author publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • 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 Yvonne Nolan

Title: Senior Lecturer & Principal Investigator

Email Address:

Telephone: +353 21 420 5476

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr. Yvonne Nolan,, +353 21 4205476, on or before the closing date 1st August 2018. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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



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