University College Cork

University College Cork

Post-Doctoral Researcher, APC Microbiome Ireland/School Of Pharmacy



Post-Doctoral Researcher, APC Microbiome Ireland/School Of Pharmacy

24 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-Time Post

Position Summary

Nagpal Lab at APC Microbiome Ireland and School of Pharmacy wish to recruit a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Researcher. The position, co- supervised by Dr. Jatin Nagpal and Prof. John F. Cryan, offers a unique opportunity to perform innovative research understanding the impact of microbiota on neurodevelopment and stress and social behaviour using zebrafish as a model system.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant learning environment working as part of the multidisciplinary Microbiota-Gut-Brain Team within APC Microbiome Ireland which includes neuroscientists, bioinformaticians, behavioural pharmacologists, molecular biologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and nutritionists. Knowledge (or experience) of zebrafish as a model system is desirable. The ongoing projects utilize techniques such as zebrafish microbiota manipulation, molecular biology including genomics and metabolomics, behaviour, immunofluorescence, optogenetics and microscopy. Experience in these disciplines will be highly valued. They should have good communication and interpersonal skills, along with the evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.

UCC is an accredited research organisation and as such can form hosting agreements with third country nationals (and non-EEA nationals) for the purpose of conducting research in the University.

Selected Publications:

Nagpal J and Cryan JF. (2021). Microbiota–Brain Interactions: Moving Towards Mechanisms in Model Organisms. Neuron. https: //

Nagpal J, Eachus H, Lityagina O, Ryu S (2024). Optogenetic induction of chronic glucocorticoid exposure in early-life impairs stress-response in larval zebrafish. European Journal of Neuroscience. https: //

Nagpal J, Herget U, Choi MK, Ryu S. (2019). Anatomy, development, and plasticity of the neurosecretory hypothalamus in zebrafish. Cell Tissue Res. https: //

Project Title : The role of early-life microbiome in sculpting stress- social neural circuits in zebrafish.

Post Duration: 24 Months

Salary: €43,908 - €50,302 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see https: //

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Jatin Nagpal, Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and APC Microbiome Ireland; Email: [email protected]

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https: // Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to [email protected], quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 17th of May, 2024

No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff. We encourage applicants to consult our policies at https: // www. and initiatives at https: // www. and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.


Contact Person : Dr. Jatin Nagpal Contact Email : [email protected] Job ID : 076971 Contact Number : Close Date : 17-May-2024 12:00

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Post-Doctoral Researcher, APC Microbiome Ireland/School Of Pharmacy


University College Cork




May 04, 2024

Application deadline

May 17, 2024

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