Applications are sought for a full-time technical research assistant who will work closely with the PI, her PhD students and postdoctoral research assistants, forming an integral part of the Palaeobiology Research Group and providing essential support for the ERC-funded project ANICOLEVO: Evolution of animal colours through deep time. Applicants should have a minimum of a 1:1 or high 2:1 degree plus postgraduate qualification (MSc or PhD) in a biological or geological field.

In addition to the criteria listed below, the successful applicant will demonstrate previous experience and proficiency in scanning and / or transmission electron microscopy, in addition to good writing and IT skills. The successful applicant will spend a proportion of his / her time working on an individual research project that aligns with the major research agenda of the Palaeobiology Research Group.

Specific duties associated with the post include:

  • Preparing samples of modern and fossil tissues for Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Assistance with routine Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy of fossil and modern tissues
  • Assistance with managing the Palaeobiology Research Laboratory. This will involve managing supplies of laboratory consumables, space usage, and usage of laboratory equipment
  • Assistance with photography, light microscopy, and other sample preparation
  • Assisting team members with specific research projects

Salary: €24,592

The start date for the position is 1st October 2018.

To apply: Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Maria McNamara (maria.mcnamara@ucc.ie) on or before the closing date (4th August 2018).




Interested in joining the team in Cork and doing research on soft tissue taphonomy of fossils, taphonomic experiments, or fossil colour?

We have no open calls for funded positions at present but you can apply for funding via several sources:

Postdoctoral funding

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship

Royal Society Fellowships

Maria-Sklowdowska Curie Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowship Call is now open (deadline 12th September). These fellowships are prestigious and enhance the international reputation of the fellow and the host team. The grant funds a generous salary for the Fellow, mobility costs and research costs. Further information is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf

PhD funding

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship

MRes opportunities

The MRes in Geological Sciences is a full-time programme running over 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applications will be accepted for a start date in October or January. The programme consists of (a) a major research thesis and (b) taught modules on generic and transferable skills, with an emphasis on scientific writing, oral presentations, and general research skills.

Prospective students interested in carrying out a palaeontology-based MRes are advised to contact Dr Maria McNamara and the Programme Coordinator (Prof. Andy Wheeler: a.wheeler@ucc.ie). For further information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/bees/courses/postgrad/.