Who am I?

Michelle Ahern 20.07.2018

My name is Joanne Murphy and I’m a Scientific Recruitment Consultant.

Did I always plan on getting into Recruitment – absolutely not! I don’t think anyone aspires to be a Recruiter like they do say a Nurse, Engineer or a Scientist. I actually went to college and studied Applied Biosciences in CIT. 


After 5 years of the hard slog in CIT studying Science, I started my career in an Environmental Lab in Kerry with Southern Scientific Services testing soil. My lab days were short lived as I knew I wanted to travel and I jumped ship to sunny Australia for a year. I spent my first few months in Sydney doing what most Irish girls do - Traffic Controlling AND I loved it! After a few months of travelling, traffic controlling and couch surfing I knew I wanted to extend my stay in Australia and headed to Queensland to do my farm work. I was mustering cattle in Regional Queensland and Traffic Controlling in Western Australia…… a walk in the park in comparison to recruitment! After three tough months, mentally and physically I had finally secured my visa, I went back to Sydney and fell in the door to the world of Recruitment. 


I worked as a Senior Scientific Recruitment Consultant in Sydney for a number of years hiring across Pharma, Med Device, FMCG and Environmental organisations. After 4+ years I decided I’d like a change and moved to an internal Talent Acquisition Team with a large Global Pharma company. It was a great experience and being “on the inside” has given me a great understanding and helps me with how I manage my desk in Morgan McKinley today. The time to “grow up” and move home started to creep upon me when a lot of my long standing friends in Australia were coming back to the motherland. I too started to explore my options and the future at home looked promising. And here I am after 7 delightful years, a lot of travelling (some glamorous, some not) and a lot of treasured memories, I’m home. 


Upon moving back to Ireland late last year, I joined Morgan McKinley in January working on the Science team alongside my three fantastic and helpful colleagues, Michelle Ahern (senior positions within Science), Katie Crowley (QC Specialist - Cork) and Aoife Duggan (QC Specialist - Dublin). 


I myself specialise in the areas of Analytical Chemists, Process Chemists, Process Development Chemists, Clinical Trials, Med Info, Pharmacovigilance and Regulatory Affairs for Cork and the West of Ireland. 
If you would like to have a chat about any of the roles I’m working on – or would like me to assist you with your recruitment needs, I’d love to assist you – check out my profile below:

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National Team Lead | Science
mahern@morganmckinley.ie