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Teagasc SFI Experienced Post-Doctoral Researcher (Level 2B) – Diet & Microbes

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Teagasc SFI Experienced Post-Doctoral Researcher (Level 2B) – Diet & Microbes - (Ref: SFIPD/DM/0617)

Basic Function:
This senior post-doctoral scientist will be involved in Targeted Project 2 of the APC, and will work with a team of scientists and post-graduate students The successful candidate will work with the team focusing on research to determine how specific food ingredients and macronutrients affect the composition and function of the microbiota, and then to rationally manipulate the microbiota through dietary intervention in animal models and human subjects, for the improvement of health. The ideal candidate would be experienced in determination of microbiota composition and functional potential, including isolation and characterization of isolated bacteria.

The appointee will perform studies to elucidate the functional properties (growth characteristics, utilization of simple and complex carbohydrates, and elaboration of bioactive metabolites) of isolated bacteria using in vitro models, cell culture models, and animal models, including animal necrotizing enterocolitis model. The successful candidate will have considerable experience with respect to the analysis of gut microbiota composition; molecular biology and DNA sequence data, especially of microbiota related data, and have an extensive publication record.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

• To manage and conduct a specific programme of research relating to gut microbiota analysis.
• To take a leading role in the further development of the research including seeking opportunities for further funding (including Horizon 2020).
• Work closely with the DNA sequencing platform operators, APC researchers and PIs and partner institutions.
• To advise APC researchers, partner institutes and customers regarding which analytical tools would best meet their needs.
• To manage and coordinate team members.
• To mentor and assist students and early-stage researchers in the research group.
• To generate intellectual property.
• Analysis of DNA sequence data for research projects and papers.
• To prepare research manuscripts for high impacting peer review journals.
• To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities.

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. Job descriptions will be issued with offers of appointment.

Person Specification:


• A PhD degree in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related discipline (bioinformatics or computer science).
• Relevant post-doctoral experience.
• Molecular biology skills - experience of cloning, DNA/RNA purification and preparation.


• Animal handling.
• Evidence of high quality research output.

Note: The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.

Further Information for Candidates:

Candidates can access a Fellowship Programme Application form for this post on the Teagasc website at

Completed application forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Wednesday 2nd August 2017.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence. Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Status: Researcher
Remuneration: Starting from 43394 Euro/year
Advert Published: 11 Jul 2017
Expiry date: 2 Aug 2017
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