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 Research Assistant would be expected to support the research activities of the dynamic BacTrans research team, comprised of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students and to contribute to the experimental and administrative/technical support aspects of the project, as required within the BacTrans and larger 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 6 months probation period
Salary: €21,459-€33,930 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
Project title: BacTrans: Natural DNA transfer systems for bacterial starter cultures
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