Research Support Officer - Administration

September 26 2017
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Background: The APC Microbiome Institute (APC) 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, Moorepark 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 has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The APC has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1700 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC comprises over 300 individuals, from the scientific PI's (the APC Faculty) funded by the partner Institutions, the management team, and a dedicated group of research scientists, research assistants and postgraduate's students.

The APC competed for and won a SFI Spoke Award entitled Microbe Mom. This exciting project aims to look at pregnant women and the vertical transmission of probiotics to their infants. It is a collaborative project between APC (UCC and Teagasc), UCD, NIBRT and an industry partner. The project requires a part-time manager to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the project on a day to day basis.

Description of Role: The MICROBE MOM Project Manager (PM) will have responsibility for day-to-day running of the project in conjunction with Paul Cotter (Spoke leader) and with the APC Director.

The PM will be expected to efficiently manage and administer all aspects of MICROBE MOM, including regular meetings/teleconferences, data management, report writing etc. liaise between all partner organisations and the SFI; ensure effective communication with the Microbe Mom team including all partner organisations' departments of Finance, HR, Research Support, TTO etc; be responsible for compiling and submitting financial and progress reports to the SFI/Industry. The role will involve some travel between sites but will be anchored out of Teagasc, Moorepark.

Required Qualifications/Experience:

  • The ideal candidate will have a degree and ideally a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline

  • Excellent project management skills and experience

  • Flexibility with regard to hours to suit project needs

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse set of university and clinical staff /students, and commercial partners in a dynamic environment.

  • Experience in the management of large multi-partner national or international projects

  • Excellent communication, time management, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

  • Excellent organisational, networking and IT skills, including experience with development of databases.

  • Ability to think creatively and independently.

Post duration: 24 months

Salary: €48,000 p.a. (pro rata 0.5 FTE)

Project title: APC MICROBE MOM

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