Research Assistant - APC Microbiome Institute, Ireland

APC Microbiome Institute  is looking for a Research Assistant to work on a EarlyMicroHealth Project. The general objective of the EarlyMicroHealth Project is to understand the impact of early-life factors on the process of establishment of the intestinal microbiome in the infant and how this colonization/establishment process affects later health. The successful candidate will be working in a dynamic research environment and will be incorporated in research group, though will also be expected to work independently.


This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g., BSc or an MSc, employed on a contract for the purpose of assisting in the performance of research in the University. A Research Assistant will usually work under the direction of one or more Principal Investigator’s/Senior Researchers within a dedicated laboratory on one or more research projects.

Essential Qualifications/Experience:

  • BSc or MSc in a relevant biological scientific discipline (e.g. Microbiology, Biochemistry)
  • Experience with microbiological (bacterial) culture, DNA extraction and molecular analyses would be a significant advantage


  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of a research project.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing technical reports including conclusions and recommendations. To coordinate the development of forms, questionnaires and the application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques; write procedures manuals for data collection and coding.
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
  • Ideally to contribute to the publication of findings.
  • To confer with the Principal Investigator in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


  • A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc or MSc in Microbiology or Biochemistry.
  • Some research experience is desirable.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Previous laboratory experience and practices are desired.
  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High levels of initiative are encouraged.
  • The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the APC’s Public Engagement programme, by being involved in science related dissemination activities for the public and schools
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact: Dr. Eoghan Casey ( or Prof Douwe van Sinderen (

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