Postdoctoral Researcher, Seaweed Molecular Biology, Physiology and Genetics, Ryan Institute, School job with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY

Postdoctoral Researcher Seaweed Molecular Biology, Physiology and Genetics, Ryan Institute, School of Natural Sciences.
NUIG RES 192-22
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time position as a Postdoctoral Researcher (Plant Molecular Biology & Metabolism) in the Plant Systems Biology research group of Dr. Ronan Sulpice at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
This 24 month position is funded by the Marine Institute and is available from September 2022 to the end date of August 2024.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will combine advanced knowledge of molecular genetics research with large-scale metabolic and phenotypic screening of algae. The experiments will consist of large scale metabolic analyzes and growth phenotyping screens, whole genome sequencing of Palmaria strains, and data will be aggregated in a built for purpose database. Traits of focus in the project will include identification of genetic markers to identify best performing strains, both for biomass quality and growth performance.
Thus experimental approaches employed in the project will include DNAseq, biochemical assays, phenotyping, and extensive field- and lab-level screening.
In addition to the experimental aspect of the project, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the dissemination of the results, help to report the results, and participate in the daily life of the laboratory.

Duties: What the successful candidate will do attached to the specific post (list /bulletpoint)
-Sample seaweeds
-Extract DNA, and analyze NGS data generated
-perform large throughput metabolic and growth analyses
-collaborate with the laboratory team technically and scientifically
– write papers/reports
– interact with stakeholders
– Participate to report progress to grant agency
– Participate in dissemination activities
– Participate in lab management and co-supervision of students
– May act as mentor to co-supervisor of students and have limited teaching hours

Qualifications/Skills Required:

Essential requirements:
Track record in molecular biology, ideally with a background on micro- or macro-algae.
PhD in Plant or seaweed biology and a good research track record that demonstrates strong capabilities and outputs.
knowledge of R for analysis of large datasets
Strong proven (via publications, patents and other research outputs) research record
Organizational, writing and report/paper drafting skills.
Driving licence
Skills in biochemistry (metabolic analysis)

Desirable requirements:
Previous experience in a laboratory from the private sector
Have experience in grant writing
Evidence for team working (including supervision and/or lab management experience)

Salary: 39,523-45,609 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).
Start date: Position is available from 01/09/2022

Continuing professional development/training:
Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

For information on moving to Ireland please see

Further information about the laboratory is available at

Informal inquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Ronan Sulpice

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. Ronan Sulpice

Please put reference number NUIG RES 192-22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 15/08/2022

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer. All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

‘NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Center (RDC) upon commencing employment – see for further information.


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