Research Assistant in Microbiology

University College Cork


Research Assistant, APC Microbiome Ireland & School of Microbiology

24 Months, Fixed-term, Whole-time post

Position summary

The Research Institute: APC Microbiome Ireland 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, Moorepark and MTU. It is widely recognised that our microbiome (community of bacteria/viruses and fungi that live in and on our bodies) plays an important role in human health and has become one of the most dynamic, complex and exciting areas of research in both food and pharmaceutical arenas. Over the last decade the APC has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The APC 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 comprises over 300 individuals, from the scientific PI’s (the APC Faculty) funded by the partner Institutions, the management team, and a dedicated group of research scientists, research assistants and postgraduate’s students.

The Role: The successful candidate will be involved in infant fecal sample processing, bacterial cultivation, microbiota sequencing, microbiological, biochemical, immunological and/or molecular biological activities. The Research Assistant will develop, support and execute research activities within the dynamic, APC-based research team, so as to contribute to overall success of the project. The successful candidate will be expected to work both in the APC facilities in UCC as well as in Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy.

Project Title: HumorHim

Post Duration: 24 months

Salary: €27,380 - €36,786 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Prof Douwe van Sinderen APC, Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4901365; Email:

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

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday 8 July 2022.

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 and initiatives at 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 : Prof Douwe van Sinderen

Contact Email :

Job ID : 057251

Contact Number :

Close Date : 08-Jul-2022 12:00

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