PhD in Physiology


Closing date: 
14 February 2019
Dr. Fiona McDonald

PhD Position in Physiology 

I am delighted to advertise a PhD training position in my new laboratory in Western Gateway Building, Department of Physiology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. This PhD program is aimed at highly motivated postgraduates with a background in the Life Sciences (Physiology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience) or similar. I am looking for enthusiastic candidates who have a keen interest in the research foci offered by our program. The research group has vast experience in research within the area of cardiorespiratory control.

The student will be working on a pre-clinical and experimentally focused project examining the impact of early life stressors (hypoxia/hyperoxia, infection) on cardiorespiratory physiology and the molecular signature underlying putative physiological changes using methods like plethysmography, in vivo surgery, electrophysiology, qPCR, western blotting and immunohistochemistry. During this translational research project, we will work closely with clinical collaborators (neonatologist Prof. Eugene Dempsey) to develop this area of research. The PhD Student will be co-supervised by Dr. Fiona McDonald and Prof. Ken. O’Halloran.


The applicant should have a genuine interest in early life stress, animal models of disease and cardio-respiratory physiology. The applicant should have good laboratory skills, be confident working independently. A good understanding of electrophysiology and some rodent surgical experience would be advantageous. In addition, general skills such as attention to details and exactness, analytical and problem-solving skills, and good interpersonal abilities will be valued when evaluating the application. Qualifying basic trainings are MSc in Biomedicine, physiology, pharmacology, biology, neuroscience or similar research experience. Fluent written and spoken English skills are essential.

Routine tasks

  • Manage daily work load and set personal deadlines
  • Take part in group responsibilities such as group meetings, literature presentations and floor duty
  • Engage with PhD student courses
  • Present research at scientific meetings
  • Engage openly and honestly with team members
  • Conduct research with integrity and to the highest ethical standards
  • Keep clear records of all experimental data and store on shared server.

The holders of PhD student positions primarily devote their time to research-level education. Other duties at the Department such as teaching may be included in the framework of the position. The position includes stipend and European tuition fees. The successful candidate will receive a stipend and contribution toward European fees.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Fiona Mc Donald well ahead of the formal application deadline with a copy of their CV (including contact information for 3 references) and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining their interests and suitability for this particular opportunity. 

Deadline 5 pm 14th February 2019