Post-Doctoral Researcher, APC Microbiome Ireland/School Of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health

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Post-Doctoral Researcher, APC Microbiome Ireland/School Of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health


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Offer Description24 Months, Fixed-Term, Whole-Time PostPosition SummaryNagpal 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.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.Nagpal J, Herget U, Choi MK, Ryu S. (2019). Anatomy, development, and plasticity of the neurosecretory hypothalamus in zebrafish. Cell Tissue Res. .Project Title: The role of early-life microbiome in sculpting stress-social neural circuits in zebrafish.Post Duration: 24 MonthsSalary: €43,908 – € 50,302 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)For an information package including further details of the post see .Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Jatin Nagpal, Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and APC Microbiome Ireland; Email: NagpalLab@ucc.RequirementsSkills/QualificationsJob DescriptionThis title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.

Health & SafetyIn addition to the statutory safety duties of all employees (as prescribed in safety legislation and the relevant local safety statement) each staff member is responsible for:

  • Discharging any safety functions delegated to them by their Head of College / School / Department / Centre / Unit, in relation to the areas / activities under their control.
  • Co-operating and assisting the University and the Head of College / School / Department / Centre / Unit in the discharge of their statutory safety responsibilities.
  • Ensuring that all work under their control, is undertaken safely and without risk to health and complies with the provision of all relevant statutory legislation.

Specific RequirementsCriteria

  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the APC’s Public Engagement programme, by being involved in science related dissemination activities for the public and schools.

Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.Languages ENGLISHResearch Field Medical sciencesAdditional InformationAdditional commentsApplications 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, 17th of May, 2024No 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.UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYERWebsite for additional job detailsWork Location(s)Number of offers available 1 Company/Institute University College Cork Country Ireland State/Province Cork City Cork GeofieldWhere to apply WebsiteContact State/ProvinceCork CityCork WebsiteStreetWestern RoadSTATUS: EXPIRED

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€43908 – 50302 per year



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Fri, 10 May 2024 06:47:23 GMT

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