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Teagasc Contract Research Officer – Animal Genomic/Proteomic Scientist (Ref: CRO/GE/1018)

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Teagasc

Basic Function:

An experienced scientist is required to develop a reliable early pregnancy in dairy cattle based on novel biomarkers of early pregnancy secreted in milk within 21 days of AI. The studies will involve the use of targeted molecular approaches including RT-qPCR (miRNA), LC-MS/MRM (protein) and UPLC (IgG-glycan) to: i) evaluate the efficacy of these recently identified putative molecular biomarkers of early pregnancy in a larger population of dairy cattle; ii) fully characterise their profiles at earlier time-points during pregnancy; iii) validate the effects of pregnancy on candidate biomarkers; and iv) translate validated biomarkers into product development formats for commercial application and licensing as inline measurement technologies, during milking, and therefore automated pregnancy diagnosis.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop a reliable early pregnancy in dairy cattle based on novel biomarkers of early pregnancy secreted in milk within 21 days of AI.
Evaluate the efficacy of these recently identified putative molecular biomarkers of early pregnancy in a larger population of dairy cattle.
Fully characterise their profiles at earlier time-points during pregnancy.
Validate the effects of pregnancy on candidate biomarkers.
Translate validated biomarkers into product development formats for commercial application and licensing as inline measurement technologies, during milking, and therefore automated pregnancy diagnosis.
Develop and maintain active collaborative contacts with other national and international individuals and research institutes.
Disseminate the results of original research in peer reviewed international scientific journals, as well as scientific conferences and technical and popular press.
Contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the group of Teagasc scientists in Animal Bioscience.
Develop and maintain active collaborative contacts with other Teagasc staff and students working in similar scientific areas.
Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Person Specification
Essential
Candidates must have an honours Level 8 degree in a related discipline.
Research skills: The use of targeted molecular techniques including RT-qPCR (miRNA), LC-MS/MRM (protein) and UPLC (IgG-glycan), 1D/2-D electrophoresis, fluorescent staining image capture and analysis, immuno and ligand blotting, chemiluminescence and ELISA.

Desirable
A PhD incorporating significant genomics/proteomics experience in a related area and or Post-Doctoral experience in a closely related area.
Research skills: Experience of FPLC, HPLC, protein isolation, protein assays and purification techniques including ultrafiltration, ion exchange and gel permeation and RP chromatography. Experience of DIGE.

How to Apply

An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at https://www.teagasc.ie/careers
Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to teagascjobs@clark.ie no later than 12 noon on Thursday 25th October 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.
Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence. Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.




Status: Researcher
Location: Meath, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 33387 Euro/year
Email: teagascjobs@clark.ie
Advert Published: 9 Oct 2018
Expiry date: 25 Oct 2018
Teagasc Ref. No.:
900414
Academic Jobs EU Ref. No.:
Please quote this number if applying for this job offline.
J20703
 

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