Post-Doctoral Researcher - Department of Biology

Maynooth, Kildare (IE)
10 May 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

We are seeking a full-time post-doctoral researcher for 34 months in the Department of Biology at Maynooth University ( The department and research group offer excellent research conditions with state-of-the-art infrastructure in a highly dynamic and collegial environment. The project is collaborative in nature working together with researchers from different countries. My research group investigates antibiotic resistance from a One Health perspective. There are currently four other projects ongoing in the area of antibiotic resistance and microbiome research in relation to animals, plants and the environment. The overarching concept is to understand the roles played by non-human reservoirs as sources or sinks of antibiotic resistance of clinical importance. This project will investigate if and how specific treatments of manure will reduce or remove antibiotic resistance transfer from animals to plants (grass) and soil.

Principal Duties

Administrative and other duties:

  • Performing experimental procedures including sample collection, anaerobic digestion, bacterial culture and pathogen isolation, plasmid analysis and sequencing, metagenomic and microbiome sequencing and statistical analysis;
  • Participating to the diverse tasks associated with the daily functioning of the laboratory;
  • Discussing papers during the weekly journal clubs that are held in the laboratory;
  • Presenting data in the laboratory group meetings.
  • Liaising with the other international partners on the project to coordinate protocols and sampling.
  • Ordering of the consumables and materials required for the experiments.
  • Organising meetings with the project partners.
  • Supervising final year biology students during their laboratory projects.