Postdoctoral Position in Biology

University College Cork

Further Vacancy Details
Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
18 months, Fixed-term, whole-time post
Position Summary
We are seeking a highly skilled immunology post-doctoral scientist to join our team to understand how oral and skin vaccine delivery technologies modulate B cell responses in a relevant large animal model of vaccination. This SFI-funded project aims to understand the mechanism of action of two non-injected, thermostable, influenza vaccines, administered orally or using a skin patch, at the anatomical, cellular and molecular levels.  We are particularly interested in mucosal immunity and the breadth of cross-neutralising responses.
The project:
The hired candidate will focus on analysing B cell clonal expansion and affinity maturation in primary and secondary immune responses, induced by oral or skin patch administration of an influenza vaccine. These studies will allow a detailed mechanistic understanding of how the delivery technology and route of vaccine administration impacts on the induced humoral immune responses in systemic and mucosal tissues.  This project builds on work conducted by our multi-disciplinary team of immunologists, veterinarians and industrial and academic collaborators.
The ideal candidate:
The candidate will be highly motivated  and self-driven, with clear interest in vaccine-induced B cell responses and a willingness to learn. They will become responsible for implementing next-generation sequencing (NGS) protocols for the characterization of sequences of interest for vaccine research and development.  The candidate must possess excellent communication, planning, organising, team working, practical, problem solving, and record-keeping skills. They must have a proven track record in publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals with respect to repertoire analysis in human and/or pre-clinical models. Experience with cell culture assays in immunology and multiparametric flow cytometry to examine vaccine-induced B cell responses is essential.
The environment:
This research has been supported by a prestigious Frontiers of the Future Award from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Our research is also funded by Horizon Europe RIA funding and the Higher Education Authority of Ireland as well as commercial partners. We strive to provide a vibrant research community that values career development  teamwork, scientific excellence, creativity, ambition and discovery to support innovation, within a multi-cultural environment, in a research-based, globally-oriented university, based in the heartland of Ireland’s energy, food, pharmaceutical and information and communications technology industries.
Project Title: Vaccine-induced Systemic and Mucosal Immunity
Post Duration: 18 months
Salary: €42,781 - €49,177 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)
For an information package including further details of the post see
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Anne Moore, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4205424; Email:
Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.
Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 03 May 2024.
No late applications will be accepted.
Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.
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Contact Person : Dr. Anne Moore Contact Email :
Job ID : 076011 Contact Number : + 353 (0) 21 4205424
Close Date : 03-May-2024 12:00
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Guide for UCC Applicants 926 &nbsp
Guide For External Applicants 1672.6 &nbsp
Candidate Information Pack 1924.2 &nbsp