Post-Doctoral Researcher (Ref: AD1), APC Microbiome Ireland

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    University College Cork
    Biological sciences
    Medical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    28/01/2022 12:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork


1 Year, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

APC Microbiome Ireland is a trans-disciplinary research centre, with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds working in teams, sharing ideas and resources. Although focused upon the gastrointestinal bacterial community (the microbiota), the scale and scope of the work has become one of the fastest moving areas of biology. The microbiota is not only a target for treatment and prevention of disease, it is a repository for functional food ingredients and even new drugs and is a source of novel biomarkers of disease risk. The scientific organisation of the APC consists of a matrix of ‘spokes’ or themes of intellectual pursuit which are supported by multiple horizontal or shared technology platforms.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work within APC’s “Microbes to Molecules” theme which mines biological entities (‘pharmabiotics’) from the gut, including probiotics, prebiotics, bacteriocins, bacteriophages and other bioactive molecules with potential in food and pharmaceutical applications. The successful candidate will play an important lead role on an industry-funded project that investigates the phenotypic and genotypic properties of a lactic acid bacteria fermentate used for the treatment of diarrhoea and gastritis. He/she will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Industrial Partners and a Research Assistant currently working on the project to lead the research into the mechanistic basis of the bacterial product.

The ideal candidate will be/have:

  • A PhD and previous experience in microbiology, molecular biology and microbiome & immunological analyses.
  • Proficient with in vivo models and preparing the associated ethical applications.
  • Hands on experience with ex vivo colonic models.
  • Experience with pre/probiotic products and the analysis thereof.
  • Experience with investigating the microbiome and the necessary wet-lab skills to do such.
  • The ability to lead the research in a dynamic manner to facilitate any required analysis.
  • A highly skilled and adaptable individual with a proven ability to report to stakeholders in a timely and professional manner.

Project Title: Microbes to Molecules

Post Duration: 1 Year

Salary: €39,130 - €46,442 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/. Job ID: 053011.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Colin Hill, Professor of Microbial Food Safety, Principal Investigator - APC Microbiome Ireland, Email Address: c.hill@ucc.ie, Tel: + 353 (0) 21 490 137.

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Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https://ore.ucc.ie/). Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to recruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job-title and project name.


Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 28 January 2022. No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.


UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.  As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff.  We encourage applicants to consult our policies at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/policies/ and initiatives at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/implementation/ and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.



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