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JobBridge isn't neuroscience ... well, unless you're starting work at Trinity


Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin.

The JobBridge scheme has come in for much criticism.

Many point out that it amounts to little more than slave labour, with companies employing people for €50 a week and social welfare topping up the salary.

There is a valid argument to be made, of course, that many employers look for job experience and this service provides employees with that experience.

But last week saw perhaps the most absurd use of the system yet, as Trinity College Dublin searched for a Neuroscience Research Assistant on the JobBridge website.

Working in the Biomedical Studies Department, the successful applicant will "receive training in the following: in vitro and in vivo methodologies necessary to facilitate and undertake neuroscience research, including tissue processing, immunochemistry, cell culture and molecular biology".


Of course, such complex work is not open to anyone, and the minimum requirement is to have a third level qualification in neuroscience or similar.

And funnily enough, TCD run their own neuroscience degree, and on its syllabus they state that "the preferred career path of our students is to conduct PhD research".

Is it just me, or are the people in Trinity missing a rather glaring double standard in advertising this post?

On the one hand, their degree course puffs up its excellence, its worldwide recognition, and how useful it is to gain employment; while on the other hand, they are tacitly admitting that the best job they can offer graduates is the dole, plus €50 a week?

And how, exactly, is someone supposed to work on a PhD if they also have a 35-hour-a-week job, which pays slave labour rates, to go to?