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We asked Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.

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APC Microbiome Institute brings 50 Research roles for UCC

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APC Microbiome Institute brings 50 Research roles for UCC

Friday, August 28, 2015 

APC Microbiome Institute brings 50 Research roles for UCC

50 new high end research positions are to be created in Cork at APC's new Microbiome Institute, which is officially being opened today.

Microbiome is a collaboration between UCC, Teagasc and Cork Institute of Technology.

Founded in 2003, APC was formerly known as Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre but will now be named the APC Microbiome Institute. It explores the importance of microbes in health and nutrition with a team of 90 scientists and researchers  exploring the links between the microbes (bacteria and viruses) living in and on the body, and the increased incidences of obesity, diabetes, allergies, and chronic inflammatory diseases.

The company say that the new jobs have arisen largely from its ability to attract new industrial partnerships that were leveraged from Science Foundation Ireland funding. Speaking at the announcement of the new jobs, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence Simon Coveney praised APC for its ability to provide new jobs.

"Government policy is directed at funding research and development to create high-tech job opportunities, and APC is to be commended for the fact that it is now providing direct employment for 140 researchers," the minister said. The director of the APC Microbiome Institute, Professor Fergus Shanahan, said APC has established new relationships with companies who had no affiliation with Ireland before.

"We now partner with eight global corporations with a broad footprint in Ireland accounting for in excess of 7,000 jobs. In addition, APC has established partnerships with nine international companies with no prior relationship with Ireland," Prof Shanahan said.

The announcement comes after revealed new partnerships with Janssen Biotech, Second Genome and 4D Pharma. These are in addition to the 12 companies that APC already partners with from national and international food, pharmaceutical and diagnostic sectors.

Visit APC Microbiome here

The CareersPortal Team