Post-Doctoral Researcher/Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, APC Microbiome Ireland

Updated: Dec 20, 2021



3 Years, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Please note that this position can be filled at post-doctoral or senior post-doctoral level, depending on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate


Post Summary: It is widely recognised that the gut microbiota plays an important role in human health and has become one of the most dynamic, complex and exciting areas of research. The Walter Lab is focused on developing nutritional- and microbiome-based therapeutic strategies to improve human health and prevent chronic disease.

Applications are invited for a fully funded Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral position to work on the “Microbe Restore” project, a large Science Foundation Ireland program of work investigating novel microbiome-based strategies for the prevention of chronic diseases. Under the direction of Professor Jens Walter and Professor Liam O’Mahony, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing, performing, analysing and presenting research on the role of the gut microbiome in chronic diseases, with a focus on multiple sclerosis and asthma. The successful candidate will manage the preclinical research program, exploring immune-microbiota interactions in mouse models, as well as through human ex vivo assays with human immune cells. The incumbent will be expected to assist with supervision of a team of PhD students and technical staff.


Project Description:

The Microbe Restore Project is a multidisciplinary, collaborative research effort involving key leaders in microbial ecology (Professor Jens Walter), immunology (Professor Liam O’Mahony), food science (Professor Elke Arendt), nutrition (Dr Alice Lucey) and metabolomics (Professor Susan Joyce).

Professor Jens Walter

Dr. Walter’s expertise lies at the interface of evolutionary ecology of the gut microbiome and human nutrition. More specifically, his research focuses on the evolutionary and ecological processes that have shaped the host-microbiome interrelationship and the translation of basic microbiome science into therapeutic and nutritional strategies. Dr. Walter has published >140 peer-reviewed publications (google scholar H-index 69, >20,500 citations) and is a ‘highly cited researcher’ according to the Web of Science group.

Professor Liam O’Mahony

Professor Liam O’Mahony is a leading immunologist focused on microbiome-immune interactions. In particular, Professor O’Mahony’s research aims to understand the molecular basis of microbe and metabolite modulation of mucosal inflammatory responses. His work spans the spectrum of basic and applied research through clinical and translational research across various chronic inflammatory and infectious diseases such as asthma, allergies and, most recently, in understanding immune signalling following COVID-19 infection.

Both the Microbe Restore Team and the APC Microbiome Ireland prioritise translational research through effective collaborations with major industry partners and the team have a strong track record of attracting industry investment in their research.

The position is fully funded through a Science Foundation Ireland Grant, but the successful candidate would also be encouraged and supported to apply for additional research funding to pursue future research interests.


To Apply: Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Victoria McMahon, APC Microbiome Ireland, Email: vmcmahon@ucc.ie.

Status: Accepting applications.

Deadline: 6th January 2021



Details of the position can be found at https://ore.ucc.ie/ (Reference number: 051571, Vacancy Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher/ Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, APC Microbiome Ireland)

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