Thursday, January 17, 2008

Fellowship - Shellfish Microbiology - Marine Institute Notification

Fellowship – Shellfish Microbiology

The Fellowship Programme

The Marine Institute Fellowship Programme is a part-time research programme that aims to provide excellent Training and Development Opportunities by giving valuable work experience to recent graduates who wish to continue their studies in a field relating to the work of the Marine Institute.

In 2008, the Programme will offer part-time employment to researchers under-taking an MSc or PhD course at a recognised third level institution. Successful candidates will work part-time (i.e. 22.5 hours per week) in a Marine Institute facility in an area related to the subject of their MSc/PhD dissertation.

Brief Description of the Position

As well as conducting existing laboratory functions the shellfish microbiology team has the opportunity to undertake a research project to identify and trial improved virus risk management procedures in shellfisheries. This will involve identifying the causes of viral contamination and procedures to mitigate the risk posed by virus contamination. The laboratory based aspect of this project will involve quantitative analysis of human pathogenic viruses using molecular detection techniques. Further analysis of virus positive samples using genetic sequencing will allow characterisation of pathogenic viruses contaminating shellfish and relate this to known circulating strains in the community. This laboratory based research work provides an opportunity for a M.Sc. project which will be undertaken by the fellow.

The fellow will spend a minimum 15 hours a week working on laboratory and desk-based duties related to their M.Sc. research project and the remainder of the time (22.5 hours) will be spent on other laboratory based aspects of the team as outlined below. This includes conducting a range of microbiological tests and maintaining the quality system in the laboratories.

For more information please download the full job description (Word,72KB)

Duration of Contract

The contract issued under the Marine Institute Fellowship programme will be a specified purpose contract for a duration of 3 years (4 years in the case of a PhD) with a 6-month probationary period.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship, please submit a CV, a letter of Application and a study proposal to Human Resources, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway by post or email to: recruitment [AT]

Please be advised that applications are not valid until they have been acknowledged by a member of the H.R. Team. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 1st February 2008 at 16:00 .

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