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Four-year Post-doctoral fellowship: All-island Vaccine research consortium.

Description: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a major global risk to human health by causing death, disability, longer hospitalisations, and increased healthcare costs. Vaccines are ideally suited to tackle this problem, improving the lives of people worldwide. The All-island Vaccine Research and Training Alliance (AVACTA) is a hub of excellence aimed to develop effective vaccines against ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter cloacae), a group of bacteria that are resistant to practically all available antimicrobials, which are considered a major global threat.

AVACTA will provide a unique interdisciplinary research programme with cross-training in

complementary areas of life-sciences, biotechnology, health psychology, public health, ethics, and communication to build capacity in vaccine design, development, and deployment on the island of Ireland. This post-doctoral fellowship project will focus on vaccines against three ESKAPE pathogens: Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The UCD team have already identified panels of novel vaccine candidate antigens targeting three ESKAPE pathogens. This AVACTA project will focus on these existing panels of vaccine candidates with a view to developing a “Universal ESKAPE vaccine”. This is an exciting research focused role funded by the All-island Vaccine Research and Training Alliance (AVACTA), under the Higher Education Authority’s North-South Research Programme.

We are looking for a post-doc with a background in Immunology and/ or Biochemistry to join our vibrant team of researchers. In particular, we would like to hear from recent PhD graduates with experience in the characterization of T-cell responses; flow cytometry; experience in cloning, protein expression and characterization.

Queries: Assoc Prof Siobhán McClean

Status: Accepting applications.

Deadline: 20th July 2022.

All project details can be found below.

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