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Teagasc Contract Research Officer – Computational Biologist

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(Ref: MCRO/MPK/0717)

Basic Functions:

To contribute to a research programme in aspects of Computational Biology within Teagasc. Candidates should have an understanding of the development and application of bioinformatic approaches to analyse data, and in particular genome and microbiome-related data, generated via a variety of high throughput DNA sequencing platforms. The successful candidate will be tasked with assisting a team that focuses on studying the impact of diet and nutrition on the gut microbiota. The appointee will contribute to dissemination of these new research findings, e.g., as peer reviewed publications or as directly applied to Industry. The role will involve transfer of relevant research to commercial application through interaction with industrial clients, including management of intellectual property as appropriate. While primarily focused on food related research, the appointee will be expected to provide computational biology support across the Teagasc research programme as part of a Bioinformatics Platform.

Main Responsibilities:

To contribute to a research programme which applies the latest research in computational biology as it applies to the microbiome.
To liaise actively with researchers in Moorepark and other Teagasc centers, with a view to developing fundamental computational biology-related principles within the Food Bioscience Department, and the broader research programmes in Teagasc.
To interpret and publish results in relevant international scientific journals, as well as technical and popular press, and to present results at conferences, industry and other stakeholders.
To contribute to the Teagasc Research Programme.
To develop and maintain active collaborative contacts with the relevant national and international research communities.
To work closely with the Teagasc Technology Transfer Office (TTO) to ensure effective dissemination of research findings to industry and other stakeholders.
To contribute to the on-going development of the research strategy in the Research Programme.
To actively contribute to the effective operation of the Teagasc Food Programme as required, including complying with Teagasc policies and procedures.
Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
Carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department, Head of Programme or Director of Research from time to time.

* 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:


Candidates must have a QQI Honours Level 8 degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline.
PhD in a relevant discipline.

Post-doctoral experience in computational biology/ bioinformatics and or statistics would be an advantage.
Appreciation for key issues in food and health, and the potential for application of molecular and computational biology in these areas.

How to Apply

The relevant Application Form and Job Specification can be accessed on our website at

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Monday 7th August 2017.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Status: Researcher
Remuneration: Starting from 32729 Euro/year
Advert Published: 17 Jul 2017
Expiry date: 7 Aug 2017
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