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Funded postdoctoral fellowship – INSPIRE (Innovative Sustainable Development InterdisciPlinary Postdoctoral Research Excellence) Fellowship Programme

INSPIRE is a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) postdoctoral fellowship programme for intersectoral training, career development, and mobility. INSPIRE will offer 20 fellowship positions for incoming postdocs to focus on Microbiome and the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at tackling global societal challenges related to food systems and health. INSPIRE will fund 20 two-year prestigious postdoctoral fellowships for incoming mobility at APC Microbiome Ireland and participating host institutions, also including NUI Galway. Linked are more information about the INSPIRE programme and application process.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 30.09.2022

Funded PhD position – Computational modelling of host-microbiome co-metabolism
School of Medicine - NUI Galway and APC Microbiome, Cork.

The successful candidate will analyse metagenomic data in the context of microbial metabolic reconstructions to investigate in silico host-microbiome co-metabolism and predict personalised drug responses based on metagenomic data. The project involves the development of constraint-based modelling tools for host-microbiome metabolic modelling, integration of physiology-based pharmacokinetic models with the host-microbiome models, mining literature mining for relevant medical information.


  • Acquire a profound understanding of key technologies and knowledge in computational systems biology, pharmacokinetic modelling, (medical) biochemistry, and bioinformatics.

  • Perform the research as defined by the PI and the funding source.

  • Contribute to the writing of scientific publications, progress reports, and grant applications.

  • Present at national and international conferences.

  • Acquire working skills in time and project management

  • Assist in the supervision of student projects and in teaching.

  • Participate in outreach activities, seminars and workshops for the development of scientific and transferable skills.

  • Actively collaborate in an interdisciplinary, international team.

  • Engage actively with international collaborators.

Qualifications/Skills required:

  • BSc/MSc (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or related fields.

  • Strong interest in metabolism, biochemistry, and computational modelling.

  • Demonstrable skills/experience in programming and statistical data analysis

  • Excellent communication skills are required.

  • Excellent working knowledge of English is required.

  • High motivation and interest in interdisciplinary research are required.

  • Demonstrable experience in the constraint-based reconstruction and analysis approach is highly desirable.

  • Experience in metagenomic and metabolomic data analysis is highly desirable.

  • Experience in statistics and machine learning is desirable.

Stipend: €18,500 per annum


Start date: The position is available as soon as possible

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, a motivation letter, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Prof. Ines Thiele: e-mail

Please put reference NUIG-PhD-microbiome in the subject line of the e-mail application. Note only applications with the reference number in the subject will be considered.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 30.05.2022

We are actively looking for highly motivated researchers to join our international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic team.

Openings may be available for

- Master students

- PhD students

- Postdoctoral fellows

- Software engineers

Applications can be sent directly to Prof. Ines Thiele: ines.thiele(at)nuigalway.ie and should contain a detailed CV and a cover letter detailing the researcher's interest in our research and for joining our research group.