Research Assistant

£20429.72 - £22273.08 per annum
Jul 29, 2020
End of advertisement period
Aug 05, 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a Research Assistant within UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

Personalised cancer therapy is dependent on accurate and informative prognostic and predictive tests to determine patient outcome in both the absence and presence of therapy, respectively. The primary aim of OPTi-PREDICT is to fast-track the validation of clinical decision support systems (DSS) for breast and prostate cancer, in both the prognostic and predictive settings. For early-stage breast cancer, we will develop the OncoMasTR DSS, to support the stratification of newly diagnosed patients into low and high-risk categories, informing treatment choice. For high-risk early-stage breast cancer, PrediCare-EarlyBC will determine the most suitable chemotherapy protocol for individual patients. Ultimately, the goal is to progress these DSS towards clinical implementation, improving survival rates and quality of life for these patients, by assigning the most appropriate treatment.

Central to the delivery of these objectives is developing a set of protein biomarkers to segregate breast cancer patients in high/low risk of recurrence, so that the low-risk patients can safely avoid chemotherapy and its associated toxicities. This Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded position will be based in the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research ( They will report to Prof. William Gallagher (Director, UCD Conway Institute) or his delegate.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and develop skills in the field of molecular pathology, digital pathology, and image analysis. The ideal candidate should have some exposure to routine histopathology laboratory work, but this is not a must. Workload will include, not limited to, antibody validation, automated and manual immunohistochemistry, multiplexing, digital slide scanning, and image analysis using commercial software. The candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, willing to adapt to working in a multi-cultural research group. A successful candidate might consider this position as a stepping stone into the academic or industrial histopathology based laboratory work, in their future career path.

Salary Range: €22,609 - €24,649 per annum
Appointment will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 5th August 2020

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.