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Contract Research Officer – Animal Genomic/Proteomic Scientist (Ref: CRO/GE/0119)(Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid)

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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.

Validation will be carried out by measuring putative early pregnancy biomarkers in blood and milk samples collected daily between days 12 through 21 post AI from 300 dairy cows.

The successful applicant will interact and collaborate with a team of scientists across several Teagasc Research Centres and in University College Dublin and become part of a dynamic team of post-doctoral researchers, post-graduate students and research scientists.

Candidates should have a background in proteomics and experience of relevant techniques such as protein isolation and characterization techniques, pre-fractionation and immune-depletion techniques, 2-D electrophoresis, HPLC, mass spectrometry and database search, image analysis immuno- and ligand blotting and protein ELISA.

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.

Person Specification

Essential:

Candidates must have an honours Level 8 degree in a related discipline.

Desirable:

A PhD incorporating significant genomics/proteomics experience in a related area and or Post-Doctoral experience in a closely related area.

How to Apply

An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at 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 Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

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: Co Meath, IRELAND
Remuneration: Starting from 33387 Euro/year
Advert Published: 8 Jan 2019
Expiry date: 23 Jan 2019
Teagasc Ref. No.:
900609
Academic Jobs EU Ref. No.:
Please quote this number if applying for this job offline.
J20871
 

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