UCC's core ambition is to develop more accessible vaccine technologies to address global vaccine equity issues. They are seeking a highly skilled and motivated experienced, immunology Research Assistant to join our vaccine research team. The successful candidate will join our SFI-funded Frontiers for the Future Award team. The primary objective of this research is to understand at the molecular, cellular and tissue level how the mucosal or skin immunization route modulates the breadth of immunity induced by an influenza vaccine in a large animal model. Outputs from this project will impact on the development of mucosal-targeting, thermostabilised, easy-to-administer human and veterinary vaccines in the future.
The successful candidate will perform and support research activities in this project. The successful candidate will have at least 2 years of expertise in examining vaccine-induced immune responses, using conventional immunology techniques. The scientist must have strong experience in isolating and culturing lymphocytes and examining humoral and cellular immune responses, preferably in both systemic and mucosal compartments. The scientist preferably has a proven immunology track record in supporting a vaccine development team focused on veterinary vaccine models and/or clinical trials. The candidate must also possess excellent motivation, communication, planning, organising, team working, practical, problem solving, and record-keeping skills.
- A graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation i.e. BSc or MSc in life sciences (awarded).
- Laboratory-based experience in veterinary or clinical trial assessment of vaccine-induced immunity.
- Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
- Excellent laboratory organisation experience and practices.
- Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
- An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
- Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
- A clearly articulated motivation for the post.
- Research experience in vaccine antigen production and/or virus production.
- High levels of initiative are encouraged.
- EU driving licence