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*Joint appointment NIBRT Principal Investigator under UCC NIBRT partnership agreement.

Permanent Whole Time Posts (2 positions)

This position is being filled as part of UCC Futures - Future Pharmaceuticals.

UCC wishes to appoint an experienced academics to the roles of Professor (Scale 2) in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. Made possible through partnership with The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology wishes to appoint academic leaders with an international research profile in the broad area of biopharmaceutical manufacturing in order to further strengthen its reputation and enhance its impact across the academic and biopharmaceutical communities nationally and internationally. The appointed candidate(s) will fulfil these goals through an initial 5-year joint appointment between UCC and NIBRT. The joint appointment will enable the successful candidate to benefit from the world class environment, resources and infrastructures presented by both NIBRT and UCC Futures through collaborative industry-focused research, teaching, grant capture and the attraction of PhDs.

We are inviting applications from individuals who have demonstrated research excellence across a range of subjects related to biopharmaceutical and advanced therapeutic manufacturing research including;

  • Vaccine Development and Manufacturing to develop and translate innovative and advanced vaccines to address equitable access and acceptability needs.
  • Gene Therapy to research therapeutic modalities and develop sustainable manufacturing protocols for the development of viral and non-viral mechanisms for delivery of gene therapies and associated applications in cell therapies, and vaccines.
  • Advanced Cell Therapy to conduct pre-clinical research and development of novel cell therapy projects, GMP manufacture and process development.
  • Nucleotide Chemistry (synthetic) to research, design, synthesise and manufacture as a product chemically modified DNA and RNA for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, including in gene therapies, cell therapies, and vaccines.
  • Biochemical and Bioprocess Sensors to provide real-time monitoring and process control in the manufacture and testing of and biopharmaceutical and advanced therapeutic products in GMP production and laboratory facilities.
Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Justin McCarthy, Head of School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, email: or Dr Darrin Morrisey, NIBRT Chief Executive Officer, email:

University College Cork is committed to being a fully inclusive global university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are core values under our UCC 2022 Strategic Plan . UCC holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing equality in higher education. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of age, care-giving status, disability, ethnicity, gender and/or gender identity or expression status, nationality, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/creed, and/or sexual orientation. We encourage applicants to consult our Dignity and Respect Policy and learn more about our EDI related initiatives.

Appointments may be made on the Professor (Scale 2) Salary Scale: 111,794 - 131,296 (Scale B)

Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

University College Cork is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage you to reach out to us directly should you require assistance or reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 22nd June 2023.

No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector


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