Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork


September 23, 2022


Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Research Institute

4 Years, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position summary

Applications are invited for a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in the SusAqua Project, which will be supervised by Prof. Sarah Culloty and Dr. Sharon Lynch. The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will be based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), North Mall Campus, UCC, Cork, Ireland, and the Environmental Research Institute, Lee Road, Cork, Ireland. The project aligns with the institute's focus on sustainability and particularly the dual challenges of climate change and healthy environments. The candidate will work closely with partners in the Marine Institute, industry stakeholders and other members of the Shellfish Health Group.

The role and responsibility of the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will be to manage and oversee associated research activities of the project in association with the co-PI and PI. The appointee will have an expertise in shellfish and ecosystem health, diagnostics (histology, cytology, molecular and immunology) and parasitology. The candidate will be expected to have experience in the management of an aquatic animal health focussed project/s, and will have assisted a Principal Investigator in coordinating such a project/s or being a work package leader. The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will have a track record with stakeholders in the shellfish sector and will have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students. Experience in organising, hosting or facilitating workshops and project progress meetings will be expected. In addition, the Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher will input into the strategic direction of the project to maximise overall outputs including project progress reports, peer reviewed publications, conference and stakeholder presentations and engagement, organisation of workshops and public engagement in publicising the project and results. In addition, interaction with administrative offices within the university and external laboratory suppliers/vendors may also be required.

Project Overview

Bivalves play a substantial role in economic decoupling by achieving economic growth while preserving a healthy environment by recycling nutrients (removal of nitrogen and carbon), stabilising sediments, and enhancing biodiversity. Pathogens and diseases and inconsistent seed supply represent a serious limitation to the sustainable growth of the Irish bivalve sector. A changing climate and environmental stressors challenge bivalve physiological limits resulting in individuals being more susceptible to infection and diverting energy from reproduction and growth. These challenges limit sustainable biomass production, Blue Growth, profitability, as well as socioeconomic benefits that bivalve culture provides to near shore coastal communities.

The overarching goal of SusAqua is to advance biomass production of Irish mussel and oyster stocks by (a) promoting reproductive output in mussels ( Mytilus spp.) and oysters ( Ostrea edulis ) by better understanding the impact that pathogens and disease have in all life stages of production and the environmental triggers that promote fecundity, (b) assess the stimulatory role of seaweed species, their biocompounds and selenium have on gonad development and their antimicrobial properties, (c) support the capture and grow out of seed using Biodegradable Ecosystem Engineering Elements (BESE) that are more resilient to pathogens and disease, which will contribute to offspring that will be less susceptible to infectious agents and (d) investigate the role of antimicrobial photodynamic therapies (aPDTs) in promoting the survival of all bivalve life stages (larvae, seed/spat, broodstock) and the reduction of pathogenic bacteria and protozoa in a hatchery setting.

Post Duration: 4 years

Salary: €46,906 - €51,035 p.a. (IUA PD2 Salary Scale)

Project Title: Sustainable Aquaculture: Advancing Irish bivalve biomass production by promoting seed abundance and more disease resilient stocks (SusAqua Project)

For an information package including further details of the post see https: //

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Sharon Lynch, School of BEES, Tel: + 353 (0) 214904615; Email: .

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal (https: // Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 23 September 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff. We encourage applicants to consult our policies at https: // www. and initiatives at https: // www. and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.


Contact Person : Dr Sharon Lynch Contact Email : Job ID : 060051 Contact Number : Close Date : 23-Sep-2022 12:00

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