Applications are invited for a Temporary post of a Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science / Earth Institute*.*
E-Crop is a multidisciplinary projects connecting the farming industry to academic research, based on some of the principles of the EU green deals (25% reduction in use of agrochemical and 50% reduction in use of pesticide by 2030). The project foundation is the exploration of the microbiome associated to crop genetic diversity across a range of environmental conditions, including extreme events and risk to plant health. The project aims to develop biological solutions for agriculture and horticulture, based on the expertise of E-Seed, LAN Teo, SeqBiome and Origin Enterprises, which are existing consortia and enterprises revolving around the same key principles for the development of long term sustainable agricultural practices.
This post-doctoral research position will be based at University College Dublin, in Dublin, Ireland, and the appointed person will have to focus on the molecular characterization of the microbes associated with different crops and soil conditions especially in relation to plant health and also microbial isolates. The position focus on data analysis, especially of amplicon sequencing data and metabarcoding but not only. This researcher will play a major role in the consortium, connecting the various datasets collected by the research groups.
The post–doctoral fellow will have excellent skills in molecular methods to profile and, most importantly, analyse microbial communities in soil and plants using high throughput sequencing, especially amplicon sequencing of fungi and bacteria. They will have the bioinformatic skills to assemble sequencing data into ecological datasets and will have access to environmental and crop data to associate to the microbial data. Ideally, they will also have some background in plant phenotyping, either above or belowground (e.g. roots) in relation to plant health The post–doctoral research fellow will be part of a team that will conduct field, glasshouse and lab studies, and will have an opportunity to learn advanced modelling techniques in the field of network science. The fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with a number of project members across Europe.
This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.
The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.
In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project:
• Generate and assemble the sequencing data from microbial DNA extracted from plants and soil, with a focus on crop and arable land.
• Associate microbial assemblages to the experimental conditions under which plants has been grown.
• Support field, glasshouse and lab experiments but with a focus on data analysis.
• Statistical analysis of community level data
• Conduct and co-lead on univariate, multivariate and general statistical analysis to support the experimental research generate by the consortium
Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 Salary Scale: €42,033 - €48,427 per annum.
Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 6th of June 2023.
Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.
UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.
Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website: https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/