Research Support Officer – Flow Cytometry Lab Manager, APC Microbiome Ireland

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Background to Research Environment: The APC Microbiome Ireland research institute ( was formed in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and over the last 17 years APC Microbiome Ireland has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiome and gut inflammation research. The scientific organisation of the institute consists of several integrated research themes in microbiome science which are supported by multiple shared core technology platforms. It represents a seamless collaboration between researchers at University College Cork, Teagasc Moorepark and the Cork Institute of Technology, in collaboration with industry partners from the food, pharma, biotech, diagnostics and veterinary sectors. APC Microbiome Ireland has significant strengths in microbiology, mucosal immunology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research, bioinformatics, pre-clinical and translational IBD research.
The Flow Cytometry Platform was launched in 2016 and is accessed by APC-based and external researchers. We are recruiting for the post of Research Support Officer-Flow Cytometry Lab Manager.

Required Qualifications/Experience: BSc. or and MSc. or and PhD (Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology) with previous experience in flow cytometry, cell sorting and working in a Flow Cytometry Platform/Core Facility in academic or/and industry/pharma setting essential.
Description of project and role: We are seeking a highly motivated individual with technical, teaching, leadership and administrative skills to manage and develop the APC Flow Cytometry Platform. The Flow Cytometry Platform offers a high-quality service to members of APC Microbiome Ireland and researchers from the wider UCC research community, external collaborators and industry partners. The Platform is equipped with three analysers (BD FACSCelesta™ Analyser, BD Accuri™C6 Flow Cytometer and BD FACSCalibur™ Cell Analyser), one BD FACSAria™ Fusion Cell Sorter, one Meso Scale Diagnostics (MSD) QuickPlex SQ 120 and a GE IN Cell™ Analyzer 1000 high-content screening instrument. The post holder will provide training to postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists in flow cytometry experimental and panel design, operational use of the FACS analyser instruments, instrument set up, data acquisition and analysis and will also provide a smooth and reliable cell sorting and analysis service to researchers. Duties will include maintenance of instrumentation, operation of cell sorter, training of staff and users of the platform facility. The post holder will co-ordinate purchasing activities (equipment, consumables), manage budgets and service contracts for the platform and will liaise with PIs, funded investigators and laboratory staff to maintain good laboratory practices using iLabs. The post holder will also be expected to apply for infrastructure grants to obtain funding for acquisition of additional instrumentation for the platform. S/He will also be a point of contact for research staff from collaborating industry partners in terms of drafting and standardising standard operating procedures and reporting of research data. There will also be opportunity for involvement in collaborative research projects and application development with institute scientists. This position is an exciting opportunity for an individual to develop a career in cytometry in a world leading Microbiome research institute. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience of immunology, flow cytometry, cell sorting and working in a core facility.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:
• Extensive knowledge of human and/or murine immunology, mucosal immunology, inflammation research.
• Knowledge of advanced FACS principles with a wide variety of flow cytometry experience.
• Significant expertise in multi-colour FACS/Sorting analysis of heterogeneous cell populations and single cell sorting.
• Previous experience of working in a flow cytometry core unit in a multi-user environment is desirable
• Experience with mammalian cell signalling research is desirable.
• The candidate should be knowledgeable, highly motivated, creative, and collaborative.
• The candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and administrative experience.
• Ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative research environment.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.
• Platform/core self-sustainability: experience in fee-for-service models in an academic setting and or funding streams/infrastructure calls

Post Duration: 18 months
Salary: €49,900 p.a. (Personal Rate)
Post Reference Number: 042254
Post UniqueID: APC4 Flow
For an information package including further details of the post see – Reference Number 042254
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Ken Nally, Lecturer in School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Principal Investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC, Tel: + 353 (0) 21 490 1302; Email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( – Reference Number 042254. Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to , quoting the job-title (Research Support Officer-Flow Cytometry Lab Manager (Ref: APC4 Flow)) and project name (APC4).

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 19th November 2020. No late applications will be accepted.
Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.
Informal Contact Person:
Dr. Ken Nally
Informal Contact Email:
Job ID/Reference:
Informal Contact Number:
+353 (0) 21 490 1302
Close Date:
19-Nov-2020 12:00

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