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Research Assistant-technical, APC Microbiome, School Of Microbiology And Department Medicine

University CollegeCork€23,061 - €35,922 per yearTemporary

2 Year, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

APC Microbiome Ireland was formed in 2003 and since then, it has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The Centre has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 2,500 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC is a lively, multidisciplinary environment with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds, working in teams, sharing ideas and resources.

It is widely recognised that the gut microbiota plays an important role in human health and has become one of the most dynamic, complex and exciting areas of research. The Walter Lab is focused on developing nutritional- and microbiome-based therapeutic strategies to improve human health and prevent chronic disease.

The Research Assistant-Technical will work within the Walter Lab as part of the ‘Microbe Restore’ project, investigating the role of the gut microbiome in chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis. The successful candidate will play a key role in co-ordinating the wet-lab tasks for this research, working alongside a multidisciplinary team of researchers. The focus of the research activities lies primarily in microbiology and immunology and will involve both in-vivo and in-vitro experiments.

The role will require:

- Wet-lab experience, ideally including microbiology and/or immunology techniques (e.g. microbial culture techniques, ELISA, Flow Cytometry, qRT-PCR, nucleic acid extraction, NGS library preparation)

- Experience in preclinical research, ideally using mouse models of chronic disease.

Post Duration: 2 Years

Salary: €23,061 - €35,922 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Microbe Restore

For an information package including further details of the post see Job ID: 046851.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Jens Walter, APC Microbiome Ireland, School of Microbiology, Department of Medicine, Email:

The closing date for applications is Friday the 2nd of July 2021

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