National University of Ireland Galway

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NUI Galway, University Road, Galway



Closing date:

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as a Doctoral Student with Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant and is available from September 1, 2019 to contract end date of August 31, 2022.


Information on project/centre (include web links/bio pages etc.)

A call for one PhD positions with three-year funding is open under the supervision of Prof. Garry Duffy’s research group at NUI Galway in collaboration with Dr. De Lucrezia at Explora Biotech, Italy. This position is part of the recently granted Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project DELIVERy of advanced therapies for diabetes training network. The Early Stage Researcher [ESR]) will spend 50% of training with one of the industry partners. DELIVER is a major interdisciplinary effort between cell biologists, experts in biomaterials, medical devices and advanced drug delivery, clinical experts and biotech and biomedical companies focused on academic training and spearheading innovative medical devices for insulin producing cell transplantation.


The network will enable innovative medical devices for pancreatic islet transplantation, a cell therapy poised to become more widespread in the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes. The project will train early stage researchers in the field of advanced therapies and at the same time, develop their innovative and entrepreneurial capacity, their communication and leadership skills, and their commercial awareness, allowing for a career in both academia and industry. For further information on the project please go to


This training program invites applications to four other PhD positions with different eligibility criteria. More information can be found at


Job Description:

The successful candidate will participate in a European Industrial Doctorate programme and benefit from an international scientific network of high-profile academic and industry partners offering state-of-the-art research facilities in islet cell transplantation, overcoming immunity, early islet nutrition, as well as career relevant training through research, courses, outreach activities, participation in seminar, and workshops. An ambitious training plan will be implemented including courses, outreach activities, participation in seminars and workshops for the development of scientific and transferable skills. The ESR will be supervised by an Industry-Academia supervisory team consisting of at least one supervisor from each sector. The ESR will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers




The scholar will

  • Participate in training in drug delivery, cell transplant and cellular biology

  • Develop and assess innovative means of overcoming immunity under the advice and training of academic and industry mentors.

  • Participate inoutreach activities, seminars and workshops for the development of scientific and transferable skills






Qualifications/Skills required:


Essential Requirements:

  • Applicants will be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers (without a doctoral degree),

  • Applicants should not have resided or carried out main activity (studies, work, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the recruitment date.


Desirable Requirements:

  • 1st Class Honours Bachelor’s degree or Master Degree in Biology, Physics or related areas

  • Experience in some of the following areas: materials science, nanoparticle synthesis, proteomics, nanoparticle cellular uptake and in vitro

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post


Salary: Remuneration is in line with EC rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN projects:


Start date: Position is available from September 1, 2019


Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.



Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway


For information on moving to Ireland please see


Further information about DELIVER is available at




To Apply:

Please apply online at



Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm April 30th 2019


Interviews are planned to be held between May 27th and May 29th 2019.



All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment


National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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