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Molecular Biology/Biochemist Researcher (Ref. No 019919)

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This project entails the development and testing of a novel biocatalytic system for use by the (bio)pharmaceutical sector.


Title:                                       Molecular Biology/Biochemist Researcher (Ref. No 019319.)

Department:                           PMBRC, WIT 

Commencement date:            Immediately

Salary:                   €40,003 PA

Duration:                                Fulltime, Fixed Term Contract to the 31st March 2019


The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) is an applied research centre which aims to support the sustainable growth of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the south east of Ireland. Situated in the heart of the region on the WIT campus, the centre seeks to stimulate research and innovation, allowing companies to embed R&D into their activities. One of 12 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, the PMBRC consists of a 800 m2 state-of-the-art facility with 34 highly-trained research personnel. The PMBRC has established links with national and international partners in industry, academia and medical care institutions

Project Title:                          Development of Rapid Biocatalysis Solutions - BIOENZ

Project Description:

The PMBRC has demonstrated recent success in the area of biocatalysis, with outputs including publications, patent applications and a technology license deal with a global pharmaceutical company to date. This project entails the development and testing of a novel biocatalytic system for use by the (bio)pharmaceutical sector. BIOENZ has successfully completed Stage 1 of the project - this position will commence with Stage 2 of the project. This project maybe extended by some months depending on funding.

Funding by:                             Enterprise Ireland

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

To conduct a specified programme of research at WIT under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.

To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.

To research relevant literature and keep abreast of recent advances in the field.

To report and present findings on a regular basis to the research team and funding agency for review purposes.

To contribute to research supervision and training as required.

Such other duties, temporarily or on a continuing basis, as may reasonably be required commensurate with the position.

Person Specification
Academic Qualifications

Minimum 2.1 Hons Degree in molecular biology, microbiology, molecular biotechnology, biochemistry or a related biology discipline.

MSc/PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, molecular biotechnology, biochemistry or a related biology discipline.



Post-degree experience working in a molecular biology/biotechnology laboratory/biochemistry research group with molecular biology/enzymatic (bio)pharmaceutical/biomedical/industrial applications.

Experience and a demonstrated capability in the discovery, purification and performance testing of microbes/proteins and/or their products.


Previous experience in commercialising proteins/ biochemical products/ biocatalysis solutions.

Specific knowledge and skills


Candidate to have a demonstrated knowledge and skill in the following:

Extensive microbiological techniques.

Expertise in molecular biology techniques including PCR, real-time PCR, DNA sequencing, gene cloning, gene library screening.

Performance testing of cells/enzymes.

Experience in protein expression/purification.


Experience in substrate synthesis/derivatisation

Experience in chiral HPLC/GC-MS/LC-MS

Experience in organic chemistry

Working knowledge of bioinformatics software packages

I.T. Skills

Essential: Excellent report writing, presentation and data collation skills

Desirable: Competence using a range of instrumentation software programmes

Specific Personal Qualities


Good communication, presentation and report writing skills are essential.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working as part of a multidisciplinary research team and under their own initiative

An ability to work under pressure to meet project deadlines.

Closing date of advert: 4.00pm on Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a CV and covering letter via Irishjobs.  Any documents in excess of this requirement will be deleted. Please mark the application clearly with the appropriate reference number. Please address to Ms. Ruth Hennebry, The Human Resource Office, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel: 051-845519. Please note that hard copy will not be accepted.

At a minimum candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. The Institute will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Please note applications will be acknowledged within five working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a hard copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.

This post is subject to Garda Vetting.

WIT is an equal opportunities employer.

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