Job: Research fellow in microbiome bioinformatics, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
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Closing Date for Applications: 16 Jun 2017

School: APC Microbiome Institute

College: College of Medicine and Health

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Salary: €52,716-€57,442 p.a. (IUA Scale)

Position Summary

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.

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 Research Fellow will work within APC’s ‘Spoke 5’ which is collaborating with a major multi-national pharmaceutical company to explore the role of bacteriophages in shaping the human gut microbiome. He/she will lead the bioinformatics team with the group and should have a proficiency in analyzing Illumina sequnence data, familiarity with the working with such data in the linux terminal environment as well as statistical analysis of microbiome count data in the R programming language. Experience with Bioconductor and/or Biopython would also be beneficial.

Qualifications/experience: The candidate should hold a PhD with preferably 4-5 years’ experience, ideally with a background in microbiome data analysis, and a proven ability to conduct independent research to very high level.

Post duration: 2.5 years

Salary: €52,716-€57,442 p.a. (IUA Scale)

Project: Gut Phageomics


The Researcher Fellow title should be awarded to individuals who have personally secured their own independent external research funding inclusive of their salary following an open, transparent and competitive selection process by the research funding body or who have been appointed by the HEI following an open competition. The Research Fellow would still be associated with a Principal Investigator who would act as mentor and facilitate access to research infrastructure.

The role also allows the Research Fellow the professional development opportunity to demonstrate the capacity for independent and self-directed research and scholarship and the management of a research team. The role allows the Research Fellow to assemble a portfolio of independent achievement and render themselves competitive for tenured academic positions or senior scientific roles in industry.


To manage and conduct a specific programme of research and scholarship. To independently identify research objectives and potential funding sources and to prepare and write bids for funding proposals. To have a strong track record in securing external funding, including own salary. To disseminate the outcomes of the research, including peer-reviewed academic publications of international standing. To take a leading role in the further development of the research programme and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding. To participate fully in the wider research and scholarly activities of the Research Centre, School and College. The Research Fellow may also have some teaching and mentoring duties. To supervise post graduate research students as co-supervisor. To mentor and assist students and early-stage researchers in the research group, School and College. To take responsibility for, manage and conduct administrative and management tasks associated with the research programme. To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College. The employee will be expected to carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post. CRITERIA

A PhD qualification, significant relevant research experience and secured independent research funding. The capacity to work independently on research projects. The ability to assess and evaluate concepts/theories in order to develop original solutions and particular knowledge of, and expertise in research methodologies. Hold a track record of high quality peer reviewed publications. Experienced in post graduate supervision. Project management experience. Ability to provide leadership to small research teams. Ability to secure independent external research funding Ability to contribute to broader organisational and management processes. Knowledge transfer and commercialisation experience is highly desirable. Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to Grainne Heelan, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland., +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 16th June 2017. Please quote unique ID 1.1L on your application Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:

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