Postdoctoral Researcher
NUI Galway
Galway, IE
5d ago

Applications are invited from outstanding and highly motivated candidates for a fixed term position as Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Fellow in the Applied Molecular Parasitology Laboratory (AMPL), Infection & Immunity Cluster, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and is available for up to four years, beginning March 1st 2020, subject to an initial one-year probationary period.

The successful candidate will be a member of a dynamic research team working on helminth parasites, principally Fasciola hepatica.

The successful candidate will be a member of a dynamic research team that will bring vaccines and diagnostics against the animal parasite Fasciola hepatica into field trials.

The candidate with extend AMPL’s technical competence in vaccine / diagnostics discovery and implementation by adding expertise in gene cloning, biochemistry, and recombinant protein production, downstream isolation / characterization as well as expertise in molecular diagnostics (protein- and nucleic acid-based)

With support from the European Research Council (ERC) and Horizon 2020 over the last five years we have made tremendous advances in understanding host-parasite interaction, principally by applying various omic technologies to both parasite and host.

The candidate will take advantage of this novel bank of information to discover new vaccines / diagnostics that can be transferred to field trials.

Job Description :

The successful Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Fellow will investigate molecules involved in host-parasite interaction, especially those that are involved in virulence, tissue invasion, and modulation of host innate and adaptive immune responses.

With other team members and in collaboration with Teagasc, Athenry, they will be involved in bringing these forward into on-farm vaccine and diagnostics.

The successful candidate will also be involved in day-to-day planning and management of the laboratory, public engagement and outreach.

Duties :

Be responsible for coordinating progress within the objectives, milestones and deliverables of the SFI-funded programme.

Conduct research independently under the supervision of the Director and collaboratively with laboratory, and national and international university and industrial collaborators.

Co-supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate students

Coordinate and perform a variety of independent tasks and team activities involved in the research collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information / results.

Conduct literature and database searches and interpret and present the findings of the literature searches as appropriate.

Write up results from own research activity (e.g. as project report) for review by Director that could include preparing technical reports, conclusions and recommendations.

Contribute to the publication of findings and the writing of grant applications.

Provide input into the research project’s dissemination, in whatever form (report, papers, chapters, book) as directed by the Director / project manager.

Authorship will be decided in line with guidelines such as the Vancouver Protocol, or similar authorship guidelines as appropriate.

Present on research progress and outcomes e.g. to bodies supervising research; stakeholder groups; other team members, as agreed with the Director / project manager.

Attend and contribute to relevant meetings / conferences.

Assist in analysis and interpretation of results of the general laboratory research.

Assist in the archiving of samples / reagents and keeping of records

Assist in the organisation of meetings, conferences, outreach programmes.

Engage in disseminating laboratory outputs and impacts to the public

Plan and organize outreach activity (e.g. school seminars, annual Science Day activities etc.)

Qualifications / Skills required :

Essential Requirements :

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a closely related discipline.
  • Strong background in biochemistry, molecular biology or cell biology techniques.
  • Ability to supervise and manage postgraduate and undergraduate students.
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications in the field.
  • Computer skills including, Microsoft office package.
  • Ability to work and think independently.
  • Excellent team-worker.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • High levels of initiative and motivation.
  • Desirable Requirements :

  • Specific expertise with routine biomedical methods
  • Expertise in techniques for protein purification and characterisation
  • Knowledge of gene cloning, sequencing and characterisation
  • Knowledge of vaccinology and diagnostics
  • Ability to write research grants and reports independently.
  • Evidence of public engagement and outreach activities.
  • Salary range : Postdoctoral Researcher : €37,874 - €49,050 per annum

    Research Fellow : €54,717 - €57,938 per annum.

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