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Research Assistant, APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC

Role: Research Assistant. 32 Month, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Job ID: 063732

Department: APC Microbiome Ireland


Infection with viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, can lead to long term debilitating symptoms via mechanisms that are currently poorly understood. We appreciate that the composition and metabolic activity of the intestinal microbiota can impact immune function and microbe-immune interactions may contribute to recovery from infectious diseases. We are looking for a Research Assistant with a background in Biochemistry and/or Microbiology to join our team. This Research Assistant role will include responsibilities for processing human biological materials (e.g. serum) and data from patient cohorts. In addition, the Research Assistant will be responsible for culturing a variety of microbial strains and preparing cell fractions for analytical assessments. Prior experience with these methods (e.g. bacterial culture, HPLC) will be a distinct advantage.

APC Microbiome Ireland was formed in 2003 and since then, it has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The Centre has made several landmark discoveries and published over 3500 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC is a lively multidisciplinary environment with clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds working in teams, sharing ideas and resources.

UCC is an accredited research organisation and as such can form hosting agreements with third country nationals (and non-EEA nationals) for the purpose of conducting research in the University.

Project Title: Identification of Immune-Microbial Interactions that Contribute to Metabolic Reprogramming following SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Post Duration: 32 Months

Salary: €28,701 - €38,390 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see

To Apply: Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Liam O’Mahony, APC Microbiome Ireland; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Closing Date: Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 16 February 2023. No late applications will be accepted.


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