NUIG 065-19,  Postdoctoral Researcher – Seaweed Microbiome Botany& Plant Science, National University of Ireland, Galway

NUIG 065-19, Postdoctoral Researcher – Seaweed Microbiome Botany& Plant Science, National University of Ireland, Galway

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, specific purpose contract (circa 2 years) as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr Dagmar Stengel’s Research Group in Botany and Plant Science (Algal Biosciences) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. We seek to recruit a scientist with demonstrated expertise in seaweed biology and biochemistry, and marine microbiology. This position is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).


The research group (Algal BioSciences Group Botany and Plant Science) is housed within the Ryan Institute which is NUI Galway’s hub for Environmental, Marine and Energy research.


The position:

The research position is part of a recently funded larger DAFM-funded research project lead by Dr Dagmar Stengel in collaboration with University College Cork and Teagasc, investigating seaweed-microbe interactions for novel applications in marine biotechnology.


Job Description:

The position will involve the sourcing (collection) of seaweeds from natural habitats, isolation and cultivation of bacteria, the extraction and analysis of compounds for high value applications (PI: Dr Dagmar Stengel, Botany and Plant Science, NUI Galway). Candidates should have extensive experience in algal and microbial ecology, experimental phycology and biochemical analyses of algal high-value compounds. Candidates should be effective communicators across different scientific disciplines.



Main duties and responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based in the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway and will:

  • Undertake and be responsible for sourcing (collection) of selected macroalgae from the Irish coast and experimental seaweed cultures under controlled conditions
  • Undertake and support research in seaweed-microbial interactions
  • Be responsible for experimental design on bioactive compound production, extraction and experimental manipulation
  • Undertake extraction and analysis (e.g. HPLC, GC-MS) of bioactive compounds (e.g. pigments, PUFAs, MAAs) from macroalgae
  • Assistance with supervision of PhD and other researchers in the project
  • Liaise with and distribute samples and extracts to project partners
  • Promote the work of the project through conference and workshop presentations, and in peer-reviewed publications
  • Assist project management team and interact with project partners
  • Ensure that the project is carried out with reference to the appropriate health and safety guidelines and any other relevant NUI Galway policies (e.g., purchasing and procurement)
  • Maintain confidentiality of Intellectual Property (IP) associated with the project
  • Assist in the application and protection of IP by identifying potential research results of value and preparing supporting documentation as required by the IP committee and Technology Transfer Office
  • Assist with supervision and training of students/researchers on related projects as appropriate


Essential Qualifications:

  • PhD in, or minimum of 4 years research experience in algal biology, physiology and biochemistry and/or microbiology
  • Experience in extraction for bioactive compounds from macroalgae
  • Experience with analytical techniques such as HPLC and GC-MS
  • Track record in application of ecological and physiological principles to algal growth conditions at small-scale and impacts on biochemical composition
  • Demonstrable experience in both independent and collaborative research
  • Excellent organisational skills, and verbal and written communication skills (English language)
  • Evidence of scientific publication and dissemination of results at conferences
  • Full clean driving licence applicable to Ireland


Desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience in seaweed/algae-microbiome research
  • Experience in collaborative and/or multi-institutional research
  • Additional technical, analytical, biochemical and ecophysiological skills in areas that can be applied towards analysis of marine biotechnology
  • Appropriate supervisory and teaching experience may be an advantage
  • Appreciation of IP procedures relevant to university research


Candidate will ideally be qualified to PhD level in a relevant subject (phycology, algal ecophysiology, microbiology, algal biochemistry, algal cultivation, bioactive extraction and analysis); previous experience in research on seaweed-microbe interactions is highly desirable.



For informal enquiries regarding this position please contact Dr Dagmar Stengel, Botany and Plant Science, School of Natural Sciences, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway via e-mail at


Salary: €37,223          Start date: 1 May 2019 or as soon as possible


To apply:  Applications should be sent as a single file (PDF only) to and include;

1) a covering letter stating the reason and suitability for applying for this specific position,

2) a full curriculum vitae,

3) the names and contact details of at least three but not more than five referees who can be contacted for confidential references.




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.  


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Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Dagmar Stengel,, +353 91 493192


Please put reference number NUIG-065-19 in subject line of e-mail application.



Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Monday, 29th April 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 065-19, Postdoctoral Researcher – Seaweed Microbiome Botany& Plant Science, National University of Ireland, Galway