Ad Astra Fellows at the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science invites applications under the UCD Ad Astra Fellow programme. The successful candidate will join a vibrant teaching-, research- and innovation-intensive School. It is expected that the successful candidate will establish a productive, extramurally funded research programme, supervise postgraduate research students and initiate collaborations with colleagues in the School and beyond. Furthermore,  the successful candidate will deliver lectures and practical courses at fundamental and advanced levels of our undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.

SBBS investigators are highly successful in attracting research funding from a wide range of national and international funding agencies, as well as from industry. These include the European Union, the Wellcome Trust, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Health Research Board, as well as from leading pharmaceutical companies.

The School champions innovation and commercialisation of research, which in recent years have led to the establishment of nine spin-out companies as well as numerous invention disclosures, patent applications, granted patents and license agreements based on IP from SBBS staff. The School’s innovation activities are supported by NovaUCD, which works closely with our staff to identify valuable research results and implement protection strategies, to explore commercialisation opportunities through licensing and spin-out formation and to develop productive collaborations with industry.

SBBS staff have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and technology platforms including but not limited to:

  • Genomics (next-generation and single cell sequencing, real-time PCR),
  • Imaging (all aspects of light and electron microscopy, as well as high content phenotype and chemical screening),
  • Proteomics and Metabolomics (Mass spectrometry, NMR, bioinformatics),
  • Flow Cytometry (Cell Sorting, Multiplexed Assay).
  • Zebra fish facility

We welcome enquiries and applications from qualified enthusiastic investigators who wish to build successful research programmes under the following research themes:

  • Infection Biology
  • Drug Discovery and Development; Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Model Organisms for Biomedical Research
  • Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology

We particularly encourage applications in the areas of

  • Cardiovascular, metabolic, and ocular disease, cancer
  • Protein structure, enzymology, metabolism, cell signalling
  • Drug delivery, toxicology
  • Genomics, comparative genomics and bioinformatics
  • Human and animal pathogens
  • The microbiome in health and disease and the use of microorganisms in biotechnology
  • Mechanisms of cognition, memory and behaviour; neuropharmacology; neurodegenerative disorders; neuroinflammation and neurodevelopment

For further information on SBBS and our research and teaching activities please contact our School Manager Dr Heather Wood in the first instance by email:

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