‘Immunoprofiling bovine responses to bacterial and viral pathogens’ (REF no: 2017019)
4-year funded PhD
Teagasc and Trinity College Dublin
The Meade & O’Farrelly laboratories are hiring for a 4 year fully funded PhD project which aims to define the genetic, molecular and cellular variation in bovine immune responses to viral and bacterial pathogens. Using our previous studies to inform us, the overall objective is to assess the natural variation that exists in the bovine innate immune response, and how this variation correlates with disease.
Significant variation in the immune response exists between healthy individuals but without a reliable, repeatable method to measure the immune response, we cannot identify animals with sub-optimal immunity. Cattle with a poor immune response fail to thrive, do not respond well to vaccination and can act as reservoirs of disease.
This highly focused project, which has implications for our fundamental understanding of innate immunity, health and disease, is designed to provide training in cutting-edge genomics, molecular biology & immunology methods that will equip the PhD student with the skills required to be competitive in their future scientific career. You will join supportive and productive collaborative research groups studying immunological mechanisms relevant to human and animal health.
Successful applicants will have: First class honours or high 2.1 in immunology, molecular biology, genetics, or related discipline; experience in molecular biology cell culture and flow cytometry and evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work in a team.
Studentship includes stipend, fees and costs for consumables; the project will be primarily based at the Animal Bioscience Centre, Trim, Co. Meath with some work components in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, TCD.
Applications (cover letter and CV) to:
Kieran Meade, Principal Animal Health Bioscientist, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Grange, Co. Meath. E: [email protected]
Cliona O’Farrelly, Professor of Comparative Immunology, School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin. E: [email protected]
Closing date for applications: Feb 28th 2019; http://www.bovineimmunology.ie