Postdoctoral Researcher(s) – RiD-RTI Molecular Diagnostics Research Group, Microbiology, School of Natural Sciences Ref. No. NUIG 50-12 Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two full-time fixed term position as Postdoctoral Researchers with Dr. Thomas Barry at the Molecular Diagnostics Research Group (MDRG), Microbiology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by European Framework 7 and is available from July 1st 2012 to contract end date of June 31st 2015 The MDRG at NUI Galway has over 20 years’ experience in the development of novel nucleic acid diagnostics assays for detection and identification of bacteria and fungi. This has included codevelopment of diagnostics assays with commercial partners including some of the largest IVD companies on a global scale. MDRG core research activities include: Molecular diagnostic target discovery: Nucleic acid based test design: and Integration of MDRG technologies onto diagnostics platforms. Job Description: The successful candidate will be part of an FP7 funded project in a team consisting of two SME’s, two universities and one hospital group who aim to develop a novel platform for the rapid identification of respiratory tract infections (RiD-RTI). The principal objective of this study are to develop and the validate a multiplex diagnostic system, based on a novel “sample-in, answer-out” diagnostic platform, for the rapid detection (< 2 hrs) of the specific microbial aetiology of RTIs in adults and children acquired in the community and in hospitals. The combination of rapid, sensitive, simple to use, sample-in answer-out diagnostics technology with high-level multiplex capability for identifying the specific causative microorganism(s) and drug resistance profile of RTIs is the key advantage of the RiD-RTI technology compared to competing diagnostics technologies. Qualifications/ Essential Criteria Hold (or close to obtaining) a PhD in Microbiology or a relevant discipline Have a minimum of 3 peer reviewed publications, as a lead author, in the area of development and optimisation of diagnostics assays for infectious disease or alternatively have a minimum of 4 years experience with industry in the field of molecular diagnostics Must have experience in molecular biology techniques Must have experience in the design and development of multiplex real-time PCR, optimisation and validation of diagnostics assays Experience in the development and/or optimisation of sample preparation/nucleic acid extraction methods Experience of culturing Class II human clinical pathogens (bacteria and/or fungi) Demonstrate the ability to identify novel diagnostics targets Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication and organisational skills Must be highly motivated and passionate about developing new products Strong collaborative skills are required to work as part of a highly interdisciplinary team Experience in training and laboratory-based supervision of students and/or other researchers in molecular diagnostics assay development Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Desirable Criteria High level of IT skills: experience in use of relevant bioinformatics software and a proficiency in the full Microsoft Office package and use of the Internet Good initiative, flexibility and good organisational skills Technical troubleshooting skills Report writing and presentation skills A knowledge of microorganisms associated with RTI’s Salary: €38,286 - 51,008 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply) Start date: Positions are available from July 2012 Further information about the MDRG is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/microbiology/dr__thomas_barry.html and http://ncbes.eurhost.net/molecular-diagnostics.aspx Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Thomas Barry To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr. Thomas Barry: [email protected] Please put reference number NUIG 50-12 in subject line of e-mail application. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 1st June 2012. National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunity employer.