National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG-231-19 -Research Assistant – WORLDCOM Project, School of Medicine, NUI Galway

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Research Assistant with Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Ecology (ARME) group, Discipline of Bacteriology, National University of Ireland Galway This position is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 One Health European Joint Programme (OHEJP) (https://onehealthejp.eu/). The successful candidate will contribute to the One Health EJP WORLDCOM project (https://onehealthejp.eu/jrp-worldcom/) and the position is available from April 1st 2020 for 12 months.

 

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be employed to carry out work on the H2020 funded-One Health EJP project WORLDCOM. The OHEJP is an exemplar of the ‘One Health’ concept, and boasts a landmark partnership between 38 acclaimed food, veterinary and medical laboratories and institutes across 19 member states in Europe, and the Med-Vet-Net-Association. Within the OHEJP the Joint Research Projects (JRPs) are key instruments to facilitate partner organisations working together and aligning their approaches. The WORLDCOM project will involve the development of real-time diagnostic on-site tools for the detection of zoonotic pathogens and resistance markers. Multiplex assays for both pathogen and resistance genes using novel isothermal technology Loop Mediated Endonuclease Cleavage-Loop Mediated Isothermal. As well as design and development of the novel tests a significant part of the work will involve development of sample preparation methods for nucleic acid extraction. The successful candidate will work with the project team to ensure communication of project findings though publication and presentation at national and international meetings, via social media and other communication activities. The successful candidate will participate in the outreach programme of the ARME group.

 

Duties:

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Design, development and validation of molecular (LAMP) diagnostic tests for microbial pathogens

  • Development of sample preparation methods for nucleic acid extraction

  • Collection and processing of environmental samples and testing using molecular tests.

  • Ensuring that research programme timelines are adhered to and project deliverables and milestones are achieved.

  • Maintaining laboratory notebooks, research records and generating technical reports and data as required by the WORLDCOM project management team

  • Ensuring that project work is performed in line with Health and Safety and other relevant NUI Galway policies.

  • Maintaining confidentiality of all background IP, foreground IP, and research results emerging from the project
  • Preparation and delivery of periodic reports for the project management team.
  • Communication of project findings though publication and presentation at national and international meetings, via social media and other communication activities.
  • Participation in the outreach programme of the ARME group

 

Qualifications/Skills required:

 

Essential Requirements:

  • Postgraduate qualification (Masters or Higher) in molecular biology, biomedical science or related area

  • A minimum of 2 years practical laboratory experience in the area of molecular biology, including the design, development and evaluation of nucleic acid diagnostic tests, involving in vitro amplification technologies.

  • Understanding and practical experience of microbiological techniques used in the isolation and identification of bacterial pathogens

  • Experience of evaluating sample preparation methods for nucleic acid extraction.

  • The ability to be well organised and work to deadlines identifying priorities and managing time effectively.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Familiarity and practical experience working with a range of isothermal amplification technologies e.g. NASBA; RPA.
  • Experience in training and laboratory-based supervision of students and/or other researchers
  • Knowledge of relevant bioinformatics software applications and experience in undertaking bioinformatics analysis for detection of microbial sequence differences for pathogen-specific assay design
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a research team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • High level of computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet/Email) including database software.
  • Good initiative, flexibility and organisational skills
  • Technical troubleshooting skills

 

Salary: €22,497 – €35,218 per annum (/pro-rata – for part time or shorter contracts)       

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post

 

Start date: Position is available from April 1st 2020.

 

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

 

For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie

 

Further information about the Discipline of Bacteriology is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/bac/

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Dearbháile Morris, dearbhaile.morris@nuigalway.ie 

 

NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post.

 

 

 

 

To Apply:

Applications should include a CV, with the contact details of three referees, and a cover letter outlining explicitly how the candidate meets the essential and desirable requirements. Please send applications via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Debbie Monroe: e-mail Debbie.monroe@nuigalway.ie

Please put reference number NUIG-231-19 in subject line of e-mail application.

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday January 24th 2020

 

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-231-19 -Research Assistant – WORLDCOM Project, School of Medicine, NUI Galway