University College Cork

University College Cork

Research Assistant, APC Microbiome Ireland



Research Assistant, APC Microbiome Ireland

12 Month, Fixed-Term, Whole- Time Post

Position Summary

We are recruiting a capable, enthusiastic, and creative Research assistant to join the ERC-funded PHAGENET project. The project will investigate phage- mediated horizontal gene transfer, employing approaches such as long-read high-throughput sequencing, faecal chemostat models, random transposon insertion libraries in gut bacteria and animal models. The work will address the modes of dissemination of virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes and emergence of “superbugs”.

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 3,500 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC is a lively trans-disciplinary environment with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds working in teams, sharing ideas and resources.

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

The ideal candidate for this position should have:

  • A postgraduate qualification i.e. MSc or MRes in Microbiology/Virology/Microbiome science/Molecular Biology.
  • An impressive skillset of general ‘wet-lab' microbiology/molecular biology techniques.
  • Good understanding of phage biology and microbiome science.
  • Bioinformatics and data analysis skills.
  • Proven ability to conduct independent research and good record-keeping.
  • Experience with scientific report writing.
  • Post Duration: 12 Months

    Salary: €30,025 - €39,908 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

    Project: Phagenet: phage mediated genetic networking in the gut microbiome

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

    Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Prof. Andrey Shkoporov, APC Microbiome Ireland, Email: [email protected].

    Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https: // Please include names and contact details of three referees.

    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, 24th November 2023.

    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 : Professor Andrey Shkoporov Contact Email : [email protected] Job ID : 072551 Contact Number : Close Date : 24-Nov-2023 12:00

    Job details


    Research Assistant, APC Microbiome Ireland


    University College Cork




    November 18, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 24, 2023

    Job type



    Biology,Chemistry,Computer Science,Engineering,Mathematics,Medicine,Physics

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