Fully Funded PhD Scholarship On “Bovine-adapted Staphylococcus Aureus Virulence Traits And Impact On Mastitis”

PhD Fully Funded PhD Scholarship On “Bovine-adapted Staphylococcus Aureus Virulence Traits And Impact On Mastitis”

Deadline: open until filled

I. Background
Staphylococcus aureus is a major mastitis pathogen with significant economic impact on the dairy industry. Intra mammary infection is associated with a number of bovine-adapted clonal lineages of this bacterium and significant differences between these lineages have been identified in both in vitro and in vivo virulence traits. This project will test the hypothesis that strain genotype influences mastitis epidemiology and that strains from the globally distributed bovine-adapted S. aureus lineages CC97 and CC151 have different modes of virulence, with CC151 strains highly pro-inflammatory due to host cell toxicity and CC97 strains immune evasive due to host cell internalization.

In addition to research training in microbiology, molecular biology and infection biology, the successful candidate will be encouraged to participate in the comprehensive training opportunities offered by Teagasc and UCD and are expected to attend national and international meetings.

II. Requirements

  • Applicants should have a 2.1 degree or higher in microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, agricultural or natural science, veterinary science or a related subject.
  • Candidates must be enthusiastic and willing to work as part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists.

III. Award

  • The scholarship funding is €24,500 per annum and includes a contribution to University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and a flat rate stipend of €18,500 per annum and is tenable for 4 years.
  • The position will be primarily based at the Animal &
    Bioscience Department, Teagasc, Dunsany, Co. Meath.  

IV. Further information

 Please contact Dr Orla Keane or Dr. Kieran Meade for further details using the details below.

V. Application Procedure

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and CV, including the contact details of at least two referees.

Dr. Orla Keane                                                                                                                                                                                   

Teagasc Animal & Bioscience Dept

[email protected]


Dr Kieran Meade

School of Agriculture and Food Science

[email protected]


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