Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher

University College Cork - Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and APC Microbiome Institute

School: School of Medicine
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Health Research Board-funded Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in Exercise Physiology/Exercise Psychology based in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and the APC Microbiome Institute (, University College Cork. The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science is focused on research in the area of stress-related psychiatric disorders and comorbid conditions. This 3 year position is available to complete a series of clinically-oriented studies aimed at developing an exercise intervention for the regulation of tryptophan metabolism, mood and cognitive performance. The successful candidate will be expected to make an outstanding contribution to the clinical arm of the laboratory and to work towards successfully meeting the goals and objectives of the project. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the CardioRespiratory Laboratory in the Department of Physiology and the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience.

Highly motivated and experienced candidates with a strong background in the application of ergometry-based exercise techniques to the study of clinical populations are encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant area (Exercise Physiology or equivalent) along with significant postdoctoral experience. Proficiency in exercise interventions in human subjects is essential. Experience with subject recruitment, clinical interviewing skills, laboratory skills and cognitive assessments is also desirable but training can be provided. The candidate should have excellent communication skills, a good command of the English language and be highly motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team. A proven track record of publication in peer reviewed journals is also expected. Candidates will be expected to work with samples of clinical origin and are required to hold suitable vaccinations for this purpose. Salary will be commensurate with experience and subject to Irish Public Sector guidelines.

Applications (Curriculum Vitae with cover letter and contact details for at least two referees) and informal queries should be sent, by e-mail, to Dr Gerard Clarke, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and APC Microbiome Institute, University College, Cork, Ireland. e-mail:

Post duration: up to 3 years

Salary: €44,643-€47,255 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Impact of Exercise on Tryptophan Metabolism, Depression and Cognition

For full particulars on this post please refer to:

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr Gerard Clarke

Title: Lecturer in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science

Email Address:

To Apply:

Please submit your application by email to Dr Gerard Clarke, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and APC Microbiome Institute, University College, Cork, Ireland. e-mail:, before the closing date 19th January 2018.

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URL:;

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


Republic of Ireland

* Salary has been converted at the prevailing rate on the date placed