Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Career-FIT Marie Skłodowska Curie COFUND. Developing Careers for International Academics in Industry Led Research in Ireland

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    12/03/2018 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Ireland, Galway
    National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
    Nucleic Acid Diagnostics Research Laboratory


The Nucleic Acid Diagnostics Research Laboratory (NADRL) at NUI Galway is seeking for an excellent post doctoral scientist that is willing to apply for a newly established Marie Sklodowska-Curie cofounded transnational programme named Career-Fit. Career-FIT is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020 and part funded by Enterprise Ireland. A key feature of Career-FIT is the opportunity for experienced researchers from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market focused applied research through 3 year fellowships with secondment to industry through Enterprise Ireland Technology Centres (http://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit/).



Established in 1845, NUI Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centres of academic excellence. NUI Galway is considered Irelands top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating. In 2014, University income was €209 million of which €55 million was from externally funded research. To date in Horizon 2020, NUI Galway has been successful in 47 applications and has received approximately €23 million research funding (The total EC funding for these projects total more than €170 million). Over the past ten years the University has invested heavily in its research & teaching infrastructure NUI Galway (excess of €400 million).



The selected candidate will work at the NADRL at NUI Galway under the guidance of Dr Thomas Barry (http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/natural-sciences/thomasbarry/). Dr Barry has > 20 years research experience in the discovery of microbial biomarkers and the development of these biomarkers for use in nucleic acid diagnostics technologies. He is the research director of the NADRL in Microbiology at NUI Galway. Dr Barry has published >70 peer reviewed publications and has received Public agency research funding of ~€1.8 million over the past 5 years. Dr Barry is the lead inventor of a number of nucleic acid based diagnostics infectious disease technologies which have been licensed to 4 global in vitro diagnostics companies and 3 European SME’s. Collaborative R+D programmes have also been carried out with licensees contributing toward technology transfer of NADRL technologies to these companies.


Aligned Industry:

BioProbe Diagnostics is a company which focuses on bringing innovative products to the market. Our core focus is to develop rapid, patented, diagnostic tests for use in the environmental and Industry sectors (http://bioprobedx.com/). The postdoctoral researcher will be seconded to this company during the fellowship.


Project description:

Globally the Biologics manufacturing sector is growing at twice the speed of conventional pharma. Biologics products are manufactured in a complex process using living cells such as bacteria, yeast and mammalian cells. The raw materials, media, buffer solutions, and in-process intermediates used in biologics can stimulate growth promotion and so can be associated with microbiological contamination. This project will focus on developing a range of rapid molecular tests which can be used in this market sector.



To be eligible, the applicant must be an Experienced Researcher (ER) of any nationality. To qualify as an ER, the researcher must, at the time of the recruitment by the host Technology Centre, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

The applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment

Essential skills and a Proven Track Record in:

  • Virology
  • Cell culture
  • Molecular assay design
  • Real-time PCR
  • DNA and RNA purification
  • Basic bioinformatics
  • Fluency in English

Desirable skills:

  • Industry experience
  • Worked in GMP compliant laboratory
  • NGS data processing


The ER will receive an annual gross salary (i.e. before tax and statutory deductions) of €56,191 (or €61,608 with family allowance). Additionally, the ER will receive a mobility allowance. Further details are provided in the Guide for Applicants.