PhD vacancy

By |2018-08-30T10:09:48+01:00August 1st, 2018|

A 3-year funded PhD position is available, funded through a recent successful grant from the MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme with Breakthrough Cancer Research. The project is a collaboration between Cancer Research at UCC and the Department Pathology, UCC.

Background: Applications are invited for a highly motivated and talented student to conduct a research project leading to a degree of PhD. The aim of our program is to develop a combination treatment for lung cancer patients with a focus on the immune control of lung cancer.  The research involves development of the new treatment and fundamental mechanistic studies in pre-clinical (in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo) and clinical models with immunological and molecular biological techniques.


– We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a minimum 2.1H or equivalent, BSc or MSc in Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology or related fields. Previous research experience desirable as well as a keen interest in cancer immunotherapy.

– A strong background in immunology and experience in FACS and other immune based assays is desirable.

– The candidate is expected to be creative, self-motivated, should be able to demonstrate an ability to work independently, or as part of a team, to a managed schedule.

– Excellent analytical skills, report and technical writing, and computer skills with evidence of organisational and communication skills

– Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.

– A demonstrated interest in the topic.

-Although the main focus of this studentship is research it is encouraged to engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities.

-Complete all mandatory credits as part of the PhD training modules and undergo annual departmental reviews.

-To critically appraise the identified literature and provide a systematic review.

– To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research

– To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post including supporting undergraduate project students.

Student stipend will be €18,000 per annum. EU fees are covered (Non-EU members may apply but they will need to cover extra fees themselves)

The successful student will be under the direct supervision of Dr P Forde, Cancer Research at UCC and Dr E Brint, Pathology Department, UCC.

Closing date: August 13 2018 (or as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified).

Contact:  Qualified candidates should send their applications with a covering letter with research statement, a CV and names of two academic references to Dr Patrick Forde Email:  Tele: +353(0)21 420-5706

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