Research Assistant
University College Cork
Cork, IE
10d ago

APC Microbiome Ireland 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.

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.

Role : The Researcher Assistant will work within the APC’s Gut Phageomics spoke, 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 be an active member of the bioinformatics team primarily analysing viral metagenomic as well as 16S data.

Qualifications / Experience : The ideal candidate will have a BSc or MSc and a proven track record of bioinformatic experience.

They should have a proficiency in analysing Illumina sequence data, familiarity with 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.

Post duration : 12 months

Salary : €21,674-€34,269 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project : Gut Phageomics - Bioinformatic


This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g., BSc or an MSc, employed on a contract for the purpose of assisting in the performance of research in the University.

A will usually work under the direction of one or more Principal Investigator’s / Senior Researchers within a dedicated laboratory on one or more research projects.


  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator / Project Leader.
  • To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of a research project.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information / results.
  • To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing technical reports including conclusions and recommendations.
  • To coordinate the development of forms, questionnaires and the application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques;
  • write procedures manuals for data collection and coding.

  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and / or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator / Grant holder.
  • Ideally to contribute to the publication of findings.
  • To confer with the Principal Investigator in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

  • A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc or MSc.
  • Some research experience is desirable.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Previous laboratory experience and practices are desired.
  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High levels of initiative are encouraged.
  • The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the APC’s Public Engagement programme, by being involved in science related dissemination activities for the public and schools.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
  • For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact :

    Name : Prof Colin Hill

    Title : Professor of Microbial Food Safety, Principal Investigator-APC Microbiome Ireland

    Telephone : +353 21 4901373

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