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Ph.D. Student in Cork/Ireland

17 January 2020

Ph.D. Student in Cork/Ireland

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PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience and Microbiome-gut-brain axis. This position is available immediately to work on a project that is part of a H2020 consortium focused on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and stress-related mental health comorbidities and co-supervised by Dr Gerard Clarke (Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science) and Professor John F Cryan (Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience) at APC Microbiome Ireland. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a passion for understanding how host-microbe interactions influence cardinal (e.g. abdominal pain) and co-morbid psychiatric symptom expression (e.g. depression and anxiety) in IBS. They will be expected to make an outstanding contribution to the preclinical arm of the laboratory and to work towards successfully meeting the goals and objectives of the project. The candidate should have excellent communication skills, a good command of the English language and be highly motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team in the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis laboratory at APC Microbiome Ireland. This laboratory uses state of the art neurobiological techniques to relate changes in behavioural phenotype, as a consequence of gastrointestinal microbiota intervention strategies, with changes in immune, stress, neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter systems. The program is highly interdisciplinary, utilizing behaviour, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, electrophysiology and brain circuit determination coupled with metabolomics & microbiome analysis. The ideal candidate must have a strong background in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Behavioural Neuroscience, Neuroimmunology, Neuroendocrinology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology).

To Apply: Applications (Curriculum Vitae with cover letter and contact details for at least two referees) and informal queries should be sent for the attention of Dr Gerard Clarke by e-mail to

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Closing date:
Contract length:
4 Years
University College Cork
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science/Neuroscience and Anatomy/APC Microbiome Ireland

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Gerard Clarke
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science, 1.15 Biosciences Building, UCC, Cork, Ireland

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