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: MicrobeMom is an industry-partnered, multidisciplinary project involving a number of different research groups, and is aimed at investigating the environmental, maternal and genetic factors that affect the development of the infant gut microbiota. In particular, the research will focus on the prevalence, abundance and species identity 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 successful candidate will be involved in bacterial cultivation, genome sequencing, microbiological, biochemical, immunological and/or molecular biological activities. The postdoctoral researcher will develop, support and execute research activities within the dynamic, APC-based MicroMom research team, so as to contribute to overall success of the project.

Qualifications and Experience required: Candidates for the postdoctoral position should have a PhD in molecular biology, genetics, microbiology or immunology, and should possess substantial and relevant experimental/laboratory experience, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.

Post duration: 2 years with a possibility for renewal for another 2 years

Salary: €36,488 -€43,394 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: MicrobeMom, Development of The Infant Microbiota

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