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: MicrobeMom is an industry-partnered, multidisciplinary project involving a number of research groups, and is aimed at investigating the environmental factors that affect the development of the infant gut microbiota. In particular, the research will focus on the presence of bifidobacteria in the infant microbiota and their impact on gut health through activities such as pathogen exclusion, immune modulation and provision of nutrients. The project will involve a variety of bacterial cultivation activities and other microbiological techniques. The Research Assistant will support the research activities of the dynamic MicroMom research team based in the APC so as to contribute to the experimental and administrative/technical support aspects of the project, as required within the MicroMom and overall research team of the principal investigator.
Qualifications and Experience required: BSc or MSc in Molecular Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or related fields. Research experience desirable.
Post duration: 4 years, pending a 6 months probation period
Project: MicrobeMom, development of the infant microbiota.
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