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Contract Research Officer - Food for Health Ireland

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Job Title: Contract Research Officer - Food for Health Ireland (FHI) Fermentates Pillar (Ref: CRO/FHI3/MP/0219) (Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid)

Basic Function:

This position will be filled by a researcher with a qualification in microbiology, molecular biology or a related discipline.

The primary role will be culture dependent and culture independent (DNA sequencing-based) analysis of dairy fermentate-producing lactic acid bacteria and of the impact of these fermentates on gut microbial populations.

Experience in analysing high throughput DNA sequencing data and/or laboratory scale fermentations would be an advantage.

The Research Officer will also contribute to the management of the FHI Fermentates Pillar and liaising with the FHI Centre Director, other FHI PIs and researchers and the associated Industry partners.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Assess the health benefits (including gut microbiome modulating activity) of dairy fermentates.
Contribute to the characterization of fermentate-generating lactic acid bacteria.
Perform laboratory scale fermentations.
Assist in the coordination, writing and submission of reports.
Provide day to day support to FHI3 Fermentates Pillar lead PI and Teagasc-associated team members.
Engage with industry and academic partners.
Assist in the dissemination and exploitation of research results through publication in high impact journals, protection of intellectual property, education and public engagement and other appropriate routes.
Work with post-doctoral scientists on site to generate results.
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.
Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Person Specification:


Candidates must have an honours Level 8 degree in microbiology, molecular biology or a related discipline.


A PhD in microbiology, molecular biology would be a distinct advantage.

How to Apply

An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 noon on Friday 22nd February 2019.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

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

Status: Researcher
Location: Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 33387 Euro/year
Advert Published: 6 Feb 2019
Expiry date: 22 Feb 2019
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