Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

University College Cork
October 10 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Position Summary

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 our microbiome (community of bacteria/viruses and fungi that live in and on our bodies) 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 Role: BacTrans is an industry-partnered project that aims to identify and exploit natural DNA transfer systems including, but not limited to, conjugation and phage-mediated transduction. The objective of this study is to develop novel and technologically robust strains of Lactococcus lactis and Streptococcus thermophilus, particularly with respect to phage-resistance, for commercial use as so-called starter cultures in the dairy and fermented (functional) food industries. The project will involve bioinformatic analysis of bacterial genomes for the presence of potentially active systems followed by functional characterisation of the identified systems. Furthermore, it is intended to to assess the technological appropriateness of the developed strains in small scale trials. The Senior post-doctoral researcher would be expected to lead the BacTrans research team, comprised of post-doctoral researchers, PhD students and a research assistant and to ensure the timely execution of the project goals, while also contributing the communication of the research findings emanating from the research.

Qualifications and Experience required: PhD in Molecular Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or related fields. A minimum of 3 year's post-doctoral experience in the above-mentioned field(s) or related areas. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered, although not essential. The expertise and relevant experience of candidates should be supported by evidence of peer-reviewed publications in reputable scientific journals.

Post duration: 4 years

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

Project title: BacTrans: Natural DNA transfer systems for bacterial starter cultures 

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