MSc research post

Fully funded MSc position in Plant Biology at the School of BEES, University College Cork

A fully funded 20 month MSc position is available in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork to study plant’s biological responses to UV-B radiation. The position is part of the SFI-funded UV-SINTEC project on the development of UV-LEDs and their use in manipulating plant growth ( The project is a collaboration between Prof. Marcel A.K. Jansen ( and Dr Alan P. Morrison (

The focus of the project will be the characterisation of UV-effects on plant growth, plant metabolite content and plant architecture. Most work will be on the model species Arabidopsis thaliana.

The successful applicant will hold a relevant degree (at least 2.1 honours) with ideally a specialization in plant biology. Applications by graduates with practical experience in working with Arabidopsis are particularly welcomed. The ideal candidate must have experience in plant growth analysis, photobiology and/or molecular approaches. The student should be highly motivated, independent, fluent in English and have excellent laboratory skills. It is expected that the student works within the timetable set for the project. The student will be enrolled in the UCC postgraduate degree programme.

This is a 20 month fixed-term post (fellowship circa. €23000 p.a. inclusive of EU-postgraduate fees) with a starting date of April 1st, 2021. Subject to approval of the funding body, extension into a full 36 month PhD might be a possibility.

Closing date for applications is March 1st, 2021. Applications should include a full CV, a cover letter describing the interest and background of the applicant relevant to the area of research, and contact details of two referees. The successful applicant will be asked to formally register as a postgraduate student at UCC.

Applications can be emailed to Prof. Jansen (

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Uthman Badmus (