Research Assistant

4D pharma Cork Ltd
Job Location
Commensurate with experience.
Job Description

We are seeking a Research Assistant experienced in handling pre-clinical and clinical samples, molecular biology, DNA extraction and ideally amplicon sequencing. Metabolomics or other biological/analytical instrumentation experience in a diagnostic environment is also desirable.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Process pre-clincial and clinical samples (including faeces and urine) for microbiome and metabolomic analysis.

  • Liaise with the project team to advance various programmes of the company.

  • Keep excellent records and carry out administrative work to support the research.

  • An MSc. in i.e. genetics, microbiology, biochemistry or relevant biological science or a B.Sc with at least 1 year’s relevant experience in the research area.

  • Good report writing and presentation skills.

  • Previous laboratory experience and ability to follow SOPs.

  • Good analytical and computer skills.

  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.

  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.

  • Vaccination appropriate for handling biological samples of human origin.

  • Experience in 16S rRNA amplification, purification and sequencing for microbiome compositional analysis.

  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

How to Apply

Please send all applications to: Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae including contact details for 2 referees along with a covering letter to arrive no later than Friday May 12th. For any queries or further information on the post please contact Dr Eileen O’ Herlihy (

About Our Organization

4D pharma Cork Ltd is a spin-out from the APC Microbiome Institute founded in February 2016 by Professor’s Fergus Shanahan and Paul O’Toole. The focus of the company is to investigate how variations in the composition of bacterial communities in the gut can aid the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Recent advances in the field have highlighted the importance of the gut microbiome, not only for the development of safe and efficacious new therapeutics, but also for the discovery of novel personalised diagnostic tools. 4D pharma Cork Ltd is a subsidiary of 4D pharma plc (, a UK pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of live biotherapeutics, a novel and emerging class of drugs. While the initial focus of the spin-out company is on diagnosis and patient stratification for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the long-term objective is to build a diagnostic platform across multiple disease areas, mirroring 4D’s proprietary MicroRx platform for the discovery of live biotherapeutics.

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