Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

September 26 2017
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Full Time
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Position Summary

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.

Description of Role: A person is required to play a key role in APC studies of the microbiome and colorectal cancer (CRC). They will operate at a senior research level and co-ordinate several lines of research investigating how the microbiota differs in CRC; what the consequences are for the host; how this information can be leveraged for CRC detection and prevention. The appointee will span research in microbiology, metagenomics and bioinformatics. They will supervise early stage researchers and contribute to obtaining external funding.

Required Qualifications/Experience: The candidate(s) will have demonstrable experience in analyzing the human gut microbiota in the context of health and disease, using culture-independent methods. They will have practical experience of the application of compositional microbiota profiling (16S amplicon sequencing) and shotgun sequencing, either of metagenomic DNA or biopsy transcriptome. They will have experience of handling sequence data flowing from these experiments including raw data processing, cleansing, quality checking, phylogenetic assignment and/or assembly and annotation. Evidence of ability to choose and to apply relevant statistical tests is also required, especially multivariate statistics.

Post duration: 20 months

Salary: €44,643-€47,255 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project title: Diet at Extremes of Life

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