National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUI Maynooth)

Research Assistant - Liver Immunology

Maynooth University

Maynooth, Ireland

Department of Biology
Research Assistant – Liver Immunology
(18 Month Contract)

The Role

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.

Applications are sought for position of Research Assistant to conduct research within the Chronic Disease Immunology group of Dr. Mark Robinson. The successful candidate will join a programme of research investigating human liver-resident natural killer (NK) cells in collaboration with clinical hepatology centres based in Dublin and novel 3-D in vitro systems to model liver-specific cellular interactions. This research aims to define the function of liver-resident NK cells and how this cell population changes in the context of fatty liver disease, alcohol abuse and liver cirrhosis.

This post is funded by the financial support of the Health Research Board (HRB). Research in the Robinson Lab aims to explore tissue-resident NK cell function, the impact of NK cells on accelerated biological aging, and the role of the immune response in chronic human liver diseases. The research will combine state-of-the-art approaches in immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, transcriptomics, immune signalling, 3D cell culture and clinical patient-orientated research with the aim of defining novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets.

More information on the research efforts of the Robinson Lab can be obtained from the following publications: Harmon et al. (2019) Cancer Immunology Research, Harmon et al. (2016) European Journal of Immunology, Robinson et al. (2016) Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Robinson et al. (2013) Aging Cell.

Additional details regarding the Robinson Lab for Chronic Disease Immunology can be found at:


*Research Assistant: * €22,109 – €29,835 per annum (11 points)

Appointment will be made in accordance with the Department of Finance pay guidelines.

Application Procedure

Closing Date:

23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, 9th June 2019.

Please note all applications must be made via our Online Recruitment Portal at the following link:

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer

The position is subject to the Statutes of the University

Please apply via recruiter’s website.