Research Assistant in Microbiome

University College Cork

Research Assistant in APC Microbiome Ireland

12 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Posts

Position summary

APC Microbiome Ireland was formed in 2003 and since then it has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The centre has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1,000 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC is a lively trans-disciplinary environment with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds working in teams, sharing ideas and resources. 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. 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.

Roles: The advertised positions are within APC’s Gut Phageomics Laboratory, consisting of over 20 researchers investigating the role of the gut bacteriophages in health and disease. The Research Assistants will work within this lab as part of the APC’s ‘Gut Phageomics Spoke’ which is collaborating with a major multi-national pharmaceutical company to explore the role of bacteriophages in shaping the human gut microbiome. The Research Assistants will each work side-by-side with a Post-Doctoral Researcher already employed within the team to deliver on tasks outlined in the research plan.

The ideal candidate should have:

· An MSc in Microbiology/Bacteriophage/Microbome biology.
· An impressive skillset of wet-lab biology/microbiology techniques.
· Experience with propagation and characterisation of bacteriophages.
· Experience with in vivo and/or ex vivo models.
· Experience with wet lab skills needed in investigating the microbiome (e.g. Nucleic acid extraction from clinical samples, PCR, NGS library preparation).
· Proven ability to conduct independent research.

Project Title: Gut Phageomics

Post Duration: 12 Months

Salary: €22,609 - €35,218 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Colin Hill, Professor of Microbial Food Safety, Principal Investigator-APC Microbiome Ireland. Tel: + 353 (0) 21 490 1373; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 3rd July 2020. 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.

Contact Person : Professor Colin Hill

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Job ID : 040811

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Close Date : 03-Jul-2020 12:00