Postdoctoral Researcher

University College Cork
Job Location
University College Cork
APC Microbiome Institute
€33,975 - €42,394 p.a.
Job Description

This position is within APC’s Gut Phageomics Laboratory, consisting of up to 20 researchers investigating the role of the gut phageome in health and disease. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will have a role in the GUTPHAGE project and will preferably have a PhD in bioinformatics and/or biostatistics, and proven ability to conduct independent research to a very high level.

Salary: €33,975 - €42,394
Post Duration: 2 years
Project title: Gut Phageomics (Unique ID SE2)

Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.


  • A PhD qualification in bioinformatics and/or biostatistics.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
How to Apply

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:
Name: Prof Colin Hill
Title ‎Professor of Microbial Food , Principal Investigator APC Microbiome Institute
Email Address: [email protected]
Telephone: +353 21 4901373

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter quoting the UNIQUE ID SE2, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees. to Grainne Heelan, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. [email protected], +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 6th April 2016.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:


About Our Organization

The APC Microbiome Institute is a trans-disciplinary research centre, with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds working in teams, sharing ideas and resources. Although focused upon the gastrointestinal bacterial community (the microbiota), the scale and scope of the work has become one of the fastest moving areas of biology. The microbiota is not only a target for treatment and prevention of disease, it is a repository for functional food ingredients and even new drugs and is a source of novel biomarkers of disease risk. The scientific organisation of the APC consists of a matrix of ‘spokes’ or themes of intellectual pursuit which are supported by multiple horizontal or shared technology platforms.


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