Post-Doctoral Researcher at Department of Medicine University College Cork, Department of Medicine Ireland

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Job Posted: 20 Apr 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 15 Jun 2018

Department: Department of Medicine

College: College of Medicine and Health

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher (HIV genomics, bioinformatics and point of care diagnostic device development) to join a Horizon2020-SME funded project on the EASIVIRAL™ HIV viral load detection and quantification system. This interdisciplinary project spans molecular virology, next generation viral genome sequencing, bioinformatics, epidemiology, statistics and comparative modelling. The team comprises researchers based in the Department of Medicine, University College Cork, Ireland, Department of Infectious Disease, Cork University Hospital, Ireland, and, AltraTech, Ireland.


The position will be based primarily within the Department of Medicine, University College Cork and supervised by Dr. Liam J Fanning.


The successful candidate will generate data relating to the quantification proficiency of the EASIVIRAL system when compared to the IVD approved Roche AMPLIPREP-TaqMan HIV-1 quantification assay. Additionally, the successful candidate will generate genomic sequences from a test pool of HIV positive samples and generate molecular epidemiological data relating to the HIV epidemic in Ireland. 


The successful candidate will need to have completed a vaccination programme and provide evidence of seroconversion for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B prior to commencement of employment.


Post duration: 24 months


Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)


Project: Postdoctoral Fellowship: HIV genomics, bioinformatics and point of care diagnostic device development.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.


The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.


  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Next Generation Sequencing
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Experience in the following is highly desirable:
    •  HIV genomics
    •  Experimental troubleshooting and optimisation particularly in the area of RT-PCR
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.


For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr Liam J Fanning

Title: Director, Molecular Virology Diagnostic and Research Laboratory

Email Address:


To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Liam J Fanning at on or before the closing date June 15th 2018.


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