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NUIG RES, Research Assistant, Physiology, College Of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

National University of Ireland,Galway€23,061 - €26,611 per yearFull-timeTemporary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time fixed term position as a Research Assistant with Physiology, CMNHS at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by Health Research Board and is available from 01.08.2021 to contract end date of 31.05.2022

Job Description:

Project title: Improving long-term patient recovery and reducing disability after COVID-19 critical illness using microRNA-based approaches” (COV19-2020-060)

This project is investigating microRNA-based biomarkers for muscle wasting during COVID-19, as well as potential microRNA-based interventions for muscle loss and premature frailty as a result of critical illness, such as COVID-19. This project is a collaboration between NUIG, UCC and GUH. The research assistant on this project will mainly drive the project through wet lab experiments using a range of cell and molecular biology techniques. The researcher will be placed in the group of Dr. Kasia Goljanek-Whysall and Dr. Brian McDonagh, which researcher interventions for muscle wasting in ageing and disease.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively participate as a member of a research team and assist an individual research leader or team to conduct a particular study (or group of studies).

  • 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 tasks and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.

  • To coordinate the development of forms, questionnaires and the application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques;

  • Assist in analysis and interpretation of results of own research.

  • Write up results from own research activity (e.g. as project report) for review by PI, including preparing technical reports, conclusions and recommendations.

  • Keep appropriate records as directed and in line with Funder/University policy.

  • Support and, where appropriate, co-supervise the work of undergraduate students e.g. Final Year Project Students.

Essential Requirements:

  • MSc in Physiology or relevant discipline

  • Experience in tissue culture (muscle cells)

  • Experience in molecular biology

  • Experience in microRNA-related techniques

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in working with tissues

  • Publication/presentation

  • Student supervision

  • Experience in RNA seq, qPCR, statistics, bioinformatics

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post

Salary: €23,061 - €26,611 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from 01/08/2021

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI GalwayResearchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see for further information

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Further information about Physiology, School of Medicine is available at

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Whysall:

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV,and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to

Please put reference number NUIG RES 112-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Tuesday 22nd June 2021

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

The closing date for applications is Tuesday the 22nd of June 2021

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