Post-Doctoral Researcher

    University College Cork
    Medical sciencesMedicine
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    31/03/2017 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork

Position Summary

Background:  The APC Microbiome Institute (formerly Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre) 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 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 Microbiome Institute has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The APC Microbiome Institute has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1000 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC Microbiome Institute collaborates with over 20 industry partners and employs over 300 individuals,

from the scientific PI’s funded by the partner Institutions, the management team, and a dedicated group of research scientists, research assistants and postgraduate students.

We are recruiting for a postdoctoral scientist to join a multi-disciplinary research team focused on identifying and validating biomarkers that are modulated by diet and indicate a change in health status as part of a large collaborative European project (ERA HDHL Co-funded Call Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health http://www.healthydietforhealthylife.eu). HEALTHMARK will focus on the microbiota and associated bioactive compounds; and investigate their influence on metabolic health as well as their modifiability by diet and intervention. The consortium integrates leading world experts in microbiology, nutritional epidemiology, immunology, genetics, behavioural neurosciences, omic-technologies and computational modelling. This collaborative project will have access to biological samples across four ongoing longitudinal human studies.

Qualifications/experience: The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in co-ordinating human research studies and a strong background in a relevant scientific discipline (eg. Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Neuroimmunology, Neuroendocrinology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Nursing, Medicine, Bioinformatics).

Salary: €35,488 - €42,394 (IUA Scale)

Post Duration: 3 years

Project Title: Healthmark

Additional comments

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: John F. Cryan

Title: Professor & Chair Dept Anatomy & Neuroscience/ Principal Investigator APC Microbiome Institute

Email Address: cryanlab@ucc.ie

Telephone: 021 4205426

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to Grainne Heelan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.  apc.administrator@ucc.ie, +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 31st March 2017.  Quote the Unique ID HM1 on all correspondence.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL: http://www.ucc.ie/research/apc/content/

Offer Requirements



  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • 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.
  • Experience with microbiome analysis and data interrogation; as well as biological assays including ELISA, HPLC, PCR and 16S rRNA preparation and sequencing would be an advantage
  • Please note that Garda (Irish police) vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

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