Job offer in Ireland Post-Doctoral Researcher / Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher at University College Cork

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Salary: Post-Doctoral Researcher: €37,221-€44,266 p.a.; Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher: €45,540-€48,205 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Please note that this position may be filled at Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral level depending on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Position Summary

Background: APC Microbiome Ireland (formerly Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre) was formed in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and in conjunction with key industry partners, it represents a seamless collaboration between UCC, Teagasc and CIT.

We are currently recruiting for the following post-doctoral or senior post-doctoral position (3TDA1) with APC Microbiome Ireland to address the role of novel synthetic molecules in appetite modulation. This project is a Science Foundation Ireland/Enterprise Ireland Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA), and will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Harriet Schellekens and Dr. Ger McGlacken. The successful candidate will require marketing and business acumen to ensure the success of this business development idea. The business program will involve identifying gaps in the market representing opportunities for companies to expand their customer base; contacting Food, Pharma and Veterinary companies; and marketing these synthetic bioactive compounds.

The science program is interdisciplinary, utilizing behaviour, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, coupled with metabolomics & microbiome analysis. The successful candidate will be expected to make a contribution to the preclinical and translational arm of the laboratory and to work towards successfully meeting the goals and objectives of the project. The candidate should have excellent communication skills, a good command of the English language and be highly motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team. A proven track record of publication in peer reviewed journals is also expected.

Qualifications/experience: The ideal candidate(s) will have a PhD and a strong publication record in a relevant scientific discipline (i.e. Neuroscience, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology) and preferably experience with in vitro assays and/or animal behaviour.

This position requires a researcher with a business and/or marketing acumen. A degree or experience in business and/or marketing would be an advantage. They will be self-motivated with ability to conduct independent research to a very high level. The researcher will work within a team of researchers and report to their Principal Investigator (PI) within APC Microbiome Ireland. Potential candidates must be enthusiastic about taking on new challenges.

Project: Exploiting the role of novel synthetic biomolecules in appetite modulation

Post Duration: 12 months Post-Doctoral Researcher, 9 months Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

For full particulars on this post please refer to:

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr. Ger McGlacken, School of Chemistry / Dr. Harriet Schellekens, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience and Investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland

Email Address: /

Telephone: 00353 21 4902866 / 00353 21 4205429

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter, your C.V and the contacts of at least two referees to Gráinne Heelan, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland., +353 21 4901430, on or before the closing date 14th March 2019. Please quote the Unique ID 3TDA1 in the subject line of the email.

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


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