PhD Fellowships in Maynooth University Human Health Research Institute

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    Maynooth University
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)



Are you interested in pursuing a PhD in Human Health Research? Why not join us?

The Maynooth University Human Health Research Institute was formed in 2018. The mission of this Institute is to undertake research that contributes to solving important problems to improve human health on an individual, national and global scale. Translation to effective therapies and outcomes is achieved by working closely with industry partners, clinical partners and policy makers. The Maynooth University Human Health Research Institute hosts >40 research groups encapsulating some of the best basic and clinical health-related research in Ireland. Applications are now invited for the first intake of PhD students in October 2019 and will be considered for the following research projects:

Project title: Utilising proteomics-derived data in establishing predictive biomarker signatures to assist therapeutic decision-making in Multiple Myeloma

Supervisor: Dr Paul Dowling

Email: paul.dowling@mu.ie


Project title: Photo-controlled Anion Transporters: Using Light to Disrupt Anion Homeostasis

Supervisor: Dr Rob Elmes

Email: robert.elmes@mu.ie


Project title: Uncovering conserved nitric oxide/oxygen-dependent roles of the N-end rule pathway in innate immunity

Supervisor: Dr Emmanuelle Graciet

Email: Emmanuelle.Graciet@mu.ie


Project title: Evaluation of sleep alterations in a Parkinson’s disease murine model

Supervisor: Dr Beverley Henley

Email: beverley.henley@mu.ie


Project title: Development of a biosensor for the simultaneous measurement

of choline and acetylcholine in the mammalian brain

Supervisor: Prof. John P. Lowry

Email: John.Lowry@mu.ie


Project title: MiR-155 regulation of epithelial barrier integrity to limit allergic

oesophageal inflammation

Supervisor: Dr Joanne Masterson

Email: Joanne.Masterson@mu.ie


Project title: Mass spectrometry-based proteomic identification of novel biomarkers associated with impaired skeletal muscle, heart, brain, liver, kidney and pancreas metabolism in muscular dystrophy

Supervisor: Prof. Kay Ohlendieck

Email: kay.ohlendieck@mu.ie


Project title: Analysis of antimicrobial resistance in private water drinking supplies and identification of novel treatments (co-funded by Maynooth University and Environmental Protection Agency)

Supervisor: Dr Fiona Walsh

Email: Fiona.walsh@mu.ie


What is funded

The PhD fellowships are funded by Maynooth University and in some cases in association with indicated partners. The students will be based and registered at Maynooth University working under the supervision of the respective PhD supervisor indicated for the above projects. Whilst a key aspiration of the 4 year programme is advancement of knowledge through research, it is also underpinned by structured training in generic and transferable skills. The fellowships will start the 1st of October 2019 with annual stipends of €16,000 and University fees and are tenable for 4 years.


4 years full-time


Applicants should have a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree in the Life Sciences or related areas. Non-native English speakers are required to hold a valid IELTS certificate demonstrating at least a score of 6.5 overall with a score of not less than 6 in all parts (or equivalent TOEFL or Cambridge certificate scores).

Contact Supervisor indicated for the research project of interest. General enquiries may be directed to Prof. Paul Moynagh, Director Maynooth University Human Health Research Institute, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Rep of Ireland. E-mail: Paul.Moynagh@mu.ie / 017086105


Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of curriculum vitae and a letter of interest with names and emails of two academic references simultaneously to: the contact Supervisor indicated for the relevant research project of interest

Closing date: Midnight 21st July 2019


The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.