Research Vacancies

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 29 Jun 2018
Closing Date for Applications: 17 Aug 2018
School: School of Microbiology & APC Microbiome Ireland
College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

Pig farms act as reservoir of Livestock-Associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( Candidates for a postdoctoral researcher position are currently being sought to critically analyse next-generation sequencing data collected from microbiomes from such livestock samples. Thus, previous experiences of metagenomic shotgun and 16S rRNA gene analysis are required, including proficiency in R, Linux environment and at least one other programming language.

The appointee will be part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and will work in the School of Microbiology, Teagasc and the APC Microbiome Institute, with frequent meetings with European partners. A collaborative, analytical and methodological mindset is therefore essential.

Post Duration: 24 months

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

Project: Preventing transmission of MRSA from livestock to humans through competitive exclusion.


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.
  • The employee will be expected to carry out any 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.
  • Demonstrate some research experience.
  • Demonstrate a capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Demonstrable a record of success in appropriate/equivalent leadership and management role(s).
  • Appropriate technical competence & accomplishment.
  • Good organisation skills.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to relate to staff and work in a team.
  • Microbiome analysis research experience.
  • Proficiency in R, Linux and programming.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • 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: Marcus Claesson

Title: Dr

Email Address:

Telephone: 021-4901390

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Marcus Claesson, Lecturer and PI,, 021-4901390, on or before the closing date 17th Aug 2018.

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