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Postdoctoral Senior Scientist (Ref. No. 015838)

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Waterford Institute of Technology, Macular Pigment Research Group, School of Health Science, Postdoctoral Senior Scientist (Ref. No. 015838), €40-50K PA, 24 Month Contract


Job Title: Postdoctoral Senior Scientist (Ref. No. 015838)

Department: Macular Pigment Research Group, School of Health Science

Grade: The salary grade offered will be calculated from the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Researchers’ Salary Scales for a Post doctorate researcher. It will be dependent on the candidate’s level of experience.

Salary: €40,000 - €50,000 gross salary (depending on experience).

Commencement date and project duration: Immediately for 24 months

Minimum Qualification required: PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry or Analytical Science.

Job description:

  • Prepare a document (thesis) entitled “The origins and occurrence of the macular carotenoids”;

  • Design an experiment (with guidance from the Principal Investigator (PI) Professor John Nolan) to work further in this area;

  • Use and develop methodology to study the macular carotenoids in food, supplements and tissue;

  • Use and develop and improve protocols for carotenoid analysis in animal tissue;

  • Support the PI and his team with related projects at the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG);

  • The candidate will work with carotenoids, being of crucial importance, demonstrable experience in the isolation and analysis of molecules of this family or other lipophilic molecules;

  • Report to the sponsor and their partners on the findings of the thesis described above;

  • Assist the PI with paper and grant writing relating to carotenoid research;

  • Assist with supervision of the MPRG students and projects, in the areas of data analysis, data interpretation and data reporting;

  • Manage the MPRG biochemistry laboratory.

Person Specification:

  • The candidate must have 2 or more years experience in a related post and hold a PhD in biochemistry, chemistry or analytical science;

  • The candidate must be an expert in HPLC including analysis, quantification and HPLC troubleshooting; 

  • Ideal candidate will have an understanding of nutrition for vision, including the macular carotenoids; lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin;

  • The senior scientist will be requested to lead certain areas of this project in order to maximise the data obtained from the study;

  • This person will also be requested to work with the PI to identify areas of new horizons relating to this research;

  • Expertise in the following areas is desirable – nutrition; statistics; writing; management;

  • Excellent English communication skills are a must.

Closing Date of Advert: 16.00 on Friday, 6th November 2015

Application Procedure:

To apply for this position please submit only a CV with accompanying letter/email. 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.

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 three working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.

WIT is an equal opportunities employer.

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