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Research Assistant, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, UCC (Job ID: 069131)

Details: Our research focus in the Department of Surgery is to understand the impact of surgically induced inflammation and subsequent immunosuppression on immune cells and residual cancer cells at the site of tumour excision. Perturbations in postoperative inflammation and wound healing, at the tumour excision site, contributes to a microenvironment that supports immunosuppression, while promoting cancer cell growth and proliferation, leading to cancer recurrence.

The research assistant will contribute to a Breakthrough Cancer Research funded project focused on characterising and harnessing the immune response in colorectal cancer postoperatively. Candidates with experience of immunology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, oncology and cell culture techniques are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will undertake and support research activities for this project. They must have strong experience preparing single cell suspensions from tissue and blood for flow cytometry analysis, cell sorting or cell culture, assessing immune cell function in vitro and ex vivo. Prior experience extracting RNA/DNA, preparing next generation sequencing libraries or with single cell RNA-Seq is desirable. The successful candidate must be highly motivated and possess excellent communication, organisational, planning, team work, problem-solving and data management competencies.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post:

  • Work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.

  • Provide assistance conducting research activities including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of research projects.

  • Coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involving collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.

  • Undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing technical reports including conclusions and recommendations. Coordinate the development of and write procedures manuals for data collection and coding.

  • Present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project.

  • Provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with projects, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.

  • Contribute to the publication of findings.

  • Confer with the Principal Investigator in developing plans for research projects and discuss the interpretation of results and preparation of manuscripts for publication.

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

To apply:

Applications should consist of a CV (including contact details of two referees) and cover letter and 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.

Further Information for Applicants:

For an information package including further details of the post see

Project Title: Cancer immunity and surgery - Link: Here

Post Duration: 36 months

Salary: €29,275 - €39,158 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Cathriona Foley, Lecturer, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, College of Medicine and Health. Email: Research Profile Link: Here


Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Monday, 31st July 2023.

No late applications will be accepted.

For more details download the file below.

Information Pack
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