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FILLED - Charlie Fell Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship


Applications are invited for the Charlie Fell Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship at the Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) in association with Breakthrough Cancer Research. The Charlie Fell Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship was announced at the Southern Symposium on Foregut Cancers in UCC on 2nd October 2015 in memory of cancer campaigner Charlie Fell who passed away in August 2015. Charlie Fell, an Investment Professional & Irish Times columnist, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and campaigned throughout his illness for more research into pancreatic cancer to improve the outcome for patients.


At his ‘last lecture’ Charlie challenged patients by saying “we need to create a voice for this deadly disease and shout loudly if anything is to change”. It is our hope that this fellowship in his name will be part of that change and those engaged in this research will be continually guided by the words in Charlie’s favorite quote; “where there is life, there is hope ~ Stephen Hawking


The CCRC is a collaborative research centre involving local hospitals and University College Cork and has become internationally recognised for its ground breaking cancer research. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary group with an emphasis in physical and immune based therapies. The position will allow the candidate to conduct research in developing pancreatic cancer treatments. There will be a focus on exploring novel potential immune based therapeutic targets in combination with electroporation for the eradication or control of pancreatic cancer, in addition to establishing a better understanding of mechanisms of action of established or novel therapeutic strategies. The research fellow will be expected to publish their data in peer reviewed journals.


The successful candidate may carry out some of their research in University of Rochester New York with which the CCRC has strong collaborative links.


The PhD project will be under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Forde and Dr Declan Soden


We are seeking a highly motivated student who has the ability to work alone and as part of the team. The research will involve cell based, preclinical and clinical models. The successful applicant should have a minimum of a BSc degree (Immunology, Biochemistry or related degree). A desirable, although not strictly necessary, background would include knowledge of immune based research, and immunotherapies. A high standard of written and spoken English is considered compulsory.


To Apply:

Applications should include a CV (including a breakdown of undergraduate courses taken and the results obtained), a covering letter, and the names and contact details of two academic references. Application materials should be sent as e-mail attachments in PDF format to p.forde@ucc.ie