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Research Fellow, Biology

Maynooth, Ireland
€62,698 (1 point)
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Biology
Vacancy ID: 028781
Closing Date: 23-Jun-2024

The FamilyGenomics research group led by Dr Lorna Lopez, in collaboration with behavioural neuroscientist Professor Andrew Coogan at Maynooth University invite applications for the position of Research Fellow on our “Ambient-BD” research project, due to commence in November 2023.

This five-year project is led by the University of Edinburgh with co-investigators at Maynooth University, Ireland and the Technical University of Munich, Germany. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust (2023-2028).

The purpose of Ambient-BD is to investigate the role of variability in long-term circadian rhythms in the trajectory of disease in people with bipolar disorder. The initial development and validation studies will be carried out in Maynooth University and the clinical studies in people with bipolar disorder completed at the University of Edinburgh. There will be considerable collaboration between the two research sites throughout the project.

Bipolar disorder is defined by extreme variability in mood, activity, sleep and circadian timing recurring over weeks and months. The purpose of Ambient-BD is to optimise innovative ambient and passive methods for collection of circadian data and to test their feasibility and performance against gold standards. A lived experience advisory panel will help us to identify and prioritise clinical and functional outcome measures to co-produce low intensity methods for collecting these outcomes. In parallel, we will develop a data collection and data management system to support data collection and optimise data sharing with patients, clinicians and the research community. Our goal is to identify causal mechanisms by which sleep and circadian disruption leads to relapse in bipolar disorder. We will also deliver an innovative programme of knowledge exchange and dissemination in collaboration with Bipolar Scotland.


Research Fellow (2024): €62,698 (1 point)

Appointments will be made in accordance with public sector pay provisions.

Closing Date:

23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, 23rd June 2024.

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

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