National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG 098-19, Postdoctoral Researcher, Host-Parasite Molecular/Biochemical Biology,Applied Molecular Parasitology Laboratory (AMPL), Infection & Immunity Cluster, NUI Galway

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from outstanding and highly motivated candidates for a fixed term position as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Applied Molecular Parasitology Laboratory (AMPL), Infection & Immunity Cluster, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and is available for up to three years, beginning September 2nd 2019, subject to an initial one-year probationary period. The successful candidate will be a member of a dynamic research team working on helminth parasites, principally Fasciola hepatica.


The successful candidate will be a member of a dynamic research team that will bring vaccines against the animal parasite Fasciola hepatica into field trials. The candidate with extend AMPL’s technical competence in vaccine discovery and implementation by adding expertise in gene cloning, biochemistry, and recombinant protein production, downstream isolation, and characterization.


With support from the European Research Council (ERC) and Horizon 2020 over the last five years we have made tremendous advances in understanding host-parasite interaction, principally by applying various –omic technologies to both parasite and host. The candidate will take advantage of this novel bank of information to discover new molecules that are essential to parasite survival in the host, most particularly in the first weeks of infection. They will clone and express these molecules in recombinant expression systems and bring take then forward into vaccine trials in farm animals to prevent infection before tissue damage occurs and to block transmission of disease to other animals.



Job Description:

The successful Postdoctoral Researcher will investigate molecules involved in host-parasite interaction, especially those that are involved in virulence, tissue invasion, and modulation of host innate and adaptive immune responses. With other team members and in collaboration with Teagasc, Athenry, they will be involved in bringing these forward into on-farm vaccine trials.




  • Be responsible for coordinating progress within the objectives, milestones and deliverables of the SFI-funded programme.
  • Conduct research independently under the supervision of the Director and collaboratively with laboratory, and national and international university and industrial collaborators.
  • Co-supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate students
  • Coordinate and perform a variety of independent tasks and team activities involved in the research collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.
  • Conduct literature and database searches and interpret and present the findings of the literature searches as appropriate.
  • Write up results from own research activity (e.g. as project report) for review by Director that could include preparing technical reports, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Contribute to the publication of findings and the writing of grant applications.
  • Provide input into the research project’s dissemination, in whatever form (report, papers, chapters, book) as directed by the Director/project manager. Authorship will be decided in line with guidelines such as the Vancouver Protocol, or similar authorship guidelines as appropriate.
  • Present on research progress and outcomes e.g. to bodies supervising research; stakeholder groups; other team members, as agreed with the Director/project manager.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings/conferences.
  • Assist in analysis and interpretation of results of the general laboratory research.
  • Assist in the archiving of samples/reagents and keeping of records
  • Assist in the organisation of meetings, conferences, outreach programmes.



Qualifications/Skills required:


Essential Requirements:

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a closely related discipline.
  • Strong background in biochemistry, molecular biology or cell biology techniques.
  • Expertise in protein isolation and characterisation.
  • Knowledge and expertise in parasitology/infectious disease research.
  • Computer skills including, Microsoft office package.
  • Ability to work and think independently.
  • Excellent team-worker.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • High levels of initiative and motivation.
  • Ability to supervise and lead postgraduate and undergraduate students.
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications in the field.



Desirable Requirements:

  • Specific expertise with recombinant protein production methods
  • Expertise in techniques for protein purification and characterisation
  • Knowledge of gene cloning, sequencing and characterisation
  • Knowledge of vaccinology (e.g. formulation, administration etc).
  • Ability to write research grants independently.



Salary range: €37,223 – €46,853 per annum             



Start date: Position is available from September 2nd 2019.



Continuing Professional Development/Training:


Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway


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To Apply:


Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in Word or PDF only) to Prof. John P. Dalton at


Please put reference number NUIG-098-19 in subject line of e-mail application.




Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm (Irish Time) on Friday 21st June 2019.



All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


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NUIG 098-19, Postdoctoral Researcher, Host-Parasite Molecular/Biochemical Biology,Applied Molecular Parasitology Laboratory (AMPL), Infection & Immunity Cluster, NUI Galway