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Teagasc Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 - Food and Health (Ref: PD1/MASTER/MP/0119)

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Basic Function of the post:

The successful applicant will contribute to the development and application of bioinformatic tools to analyse microbial communities within foods and the food chain providing the technological, computational and analytical tools to:

(i) support partner organisations;

(ii) establish standardized tools and procedures for companies operating throughout the food chain;

(iii) meta-analyse the produced data, and (iv) build user- and company-friendly resources to support all the microbial tasks associated with the food chain.

The project will focus on all tasks related to microbiome profiling starting from sample collection (including culturing), and will consider four distinct types of tools: 16S rRNA gene profiling, shotgun metagenomics, microarray-based microbiome screening, and real time monitoring through sequencing.

Duties & Responsibilities specific to this project:

• Engage with partners from collaborating organisations in microbiome analysis.
• Contribute to the development, optimization, standardization and validation of technologies for microbiome analysis and pathogen detection in samples relevant for the food chain.
• Work with MASTER partners to provide software tools and targeted reference databases for standardized analysis of microbiome samples.
• Develop long-term tools and resources to support the food-chain into the future.

Person Specification


• PhD in Microbiology with a Bioinformatics/Computational Biology focus.
• Relevant research experience not to exceed 3 years’ post-PhD.


• Experience in analysing microbiomes of relevance to foods or the food chain.
• Experience in setting own research agenda.

Further Information for Candidates:

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

Teagasc do not accept Curriculum Vitaes as an application for a position.

In order to apply for a post the relevant application form must be completed in order to be considered.

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 noon on Thursday 24th January 2019.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. As part of Teagasc Gender and Diversity strategies, Teagasc welcomes a balanced pool of applicants. Canvassing will disqualify.

The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

Status: Research Fellow
Location: Co Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 37222 Euro/year
Advert Published: 9 Jan 2019
Expiry date: 24 Jan 2019
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