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Research Nurse Post – Microbiology Unit




The Dublin Dental University Hospital (DDUH) Microbiology Research Unit, Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Department of Microbiology at Beaumont Hospital are internationally acclaimed for clinical and transnational microbiology research. Both departments have collaborated successfully for many years on the molecular epidemiology, population biology, antibiotic resistance mechanisms and evolution of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). One of our main research themes focuses on investigating routes of transmission of MRSA and methicillin susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) in the hospital environment using high-throughput molecular platforms including DNA micro-array profiling and whole-genome sequencing in order to prevent the spread of infection.

Professor David Coleman (DDUH), Dr. Anna Shore (DDUH) and Professor Hilary Humphreys (RCSI) have received a Health Research Board (HRB) Health Research Award grant to investigate oral and nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus by healthcare staff and its potential for transmission to patients in a large acute hospital with a history of endemic MRSA. The project will also investigate transient and persistent carriage among healthcare staff.

Research Nurse Post:

We wish to recruit a Research Nurse to work on this project part time (50%) at Beaumont Hospital for a period of twenty-four months starting in early 2017. The post carries a generous pension contribution. The nurse will be responsible for co-ordinating the recruitment of staff and patient volunteer participants for the study and for taking nasal swab and buffered saline oral rinse samples from participants over time. Participant identities will be anonymised. The nurse will also be responsible for sampling of the immediate environment of each participating patient for MRSA/MSSA as well as answering participant queries regarding the study and for circulating project information leaflets and participant questionnaires. The nurse will co-ordinate secure transfer of samples to the DDUH Microbiology Laboratory for culture and analysis and subsequent whole-genome sequencing and array analysis. The nurse will participate in data analysis and be involved in disseminating the findings of the research. Although some research experience is an advantage, the successful applicant will be fully trained in what is required and will participate in a multidisciplinary team. An interest in healthcare-associated infection, hospital-based research, enthusiasm and some IT skills are required.

For further details, please contact Professor David Coleman at 01 6127276 or david.coleman@dental.tcd.ie; OR Professor Hilary Humphreys at 01 8093708/3710 or hhumphreys@rcsi.ie

Application Procedure

Interested individuals should forward a letter of application together with a curriculum vitae (including contact details for referees) to:

Professor David Coleman at david.coleman@dental.tcd.ie or Professor Hilary Humphreys at hhumphreys@rcsi.ie