Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Fellowship in Vaccine Research

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    19/09/2019 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Not funded by an EU programme
    Ireland, Cork
    University College Cork
    School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    Vaccine Immunology

The Vaccine Immunology and Delivery group in UCC wishes to invite high-calibre, motivated, experienced researchers to join our group through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2019 Individual Fellowship Programme.

Our core objective is to enhance vaccine accessibility and uptake. We take a pharmaceutical, immunological and qualitative approach to achieve this objective.

We have developed significant expertise in enhancing vaccine delivery and stability by incorporating vaccines in dissolvable microneedle patches and other solid formats. This eliminates the need for needles and syringes for injection and removes logistic obstacles such as cold chain. We have demonstrated the induction of immune responses and efficacy of these vaccines in several small and large animal models, both here in UCC and with our network of EU, US and South American academic and commercial collaborators. We are interested in several human and veterinary vaccines, including influenza, poliovirus, virus vector platforms such as adenovirus, as well as several subunit and DNA-based vaccines. Scientists with experience in virology, microbiology, immunology and pharmaceutics make this cross-disciplinary research exciting and successful and we look forward to welcoming highly motivated, independent-minded scientists to this team.

Our other research to enhance vaccine uptake is based on qualitative research to understand vaccine hesitancy. In collaboration with researchers at the School of Pharmacy, UCC, we are conducting rigorous, qualitative research to better understand the Irish public’s perception of vaccines; predominantly the HPV vaccine. The overarching aim of this project is to understand the determinants of vaccination in Ireland, ideally to support a reduction in vaccine hesitancy, increased acceptability and immunisation rates. Through this project, we aim to increase the public knowledge of adolescent vaccination with the objective of increasing public health against infectious disease and the sequelae of HPV infection in Ireland. Our research will provide an evidence base of adolescent vaccine acceptance and uptake in the Irish context. We also collaborate with colleagues in the humanities to understand the history of infectious diseases and immunization campaigns in Ireland. Researchers with a strong background in healthcare or humanities qualitative research experience are particularly encouraged to contact us to discuss potential fellowship projects in this area.


University College Cork

Our group is located in the new, purpose-built facility in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at University College Cork, Ireland.

University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, globally-focused, research-led university. It is Ireland’s first five-star University with internationally-recognised research in science, food, engineering, medicine, business, law, social sciences and the humanities. The institution is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of its research outputs and peer esteem indicators. UCC researchers now collaborate with over 2,400 research-performing entities across 130 countries, generating over 6700 publications. The success rate of UCC researchers in Horizon 2020 awards 14%, is above the EU average of 12%.

The University provides an excellent working environment for researchers.All MSCA applicants will receive one-to-one support from the Research Officers in the University during the application process. Fellows will have the opportunity to be part of the wider UCC community, which is the first institution in Ireland to be successful in renewing the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award. This recognises UCC’s progress in aligning our human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, and helps UCC to attract the best researchers from around the world. UCC is an attractive place for researchers to develop their careers, being the only Irish HEI to have developed the Post Doc Development Hub, a programme of professional development training specific to UCC’s postdoctoral fellows. Fellows are also welcome to join one of UCC’s 105 societies and 58 sports UCC. UCC has a strong focus on Civic Engagement and Fellows will have ample opportunity to partake in outreach activities, such as the annual Cork Science Festival.

How to apply?

Candidates may apply for either the European Fellowships or the Global Fellowship.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Moore by email by June 14th 2019, 17:00 Irish Time.

Candidates should send the potential supervisor a CV (5 pages max) and an overview of at least one potential research project idea which can be explored further with the supervisor.

Once an agreement has been made to work together, the IF candidate, the candidate will receive support from the supervisor and dedicated UCC Research Office team throughout the application development process and, if successful, beyond to grant set-up and research study support.

Follow this link for more information on MSCA IF 2019.

The deadline for proposal submission is September 11th 2019 at 17:00 Brussels time.




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