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New Postdoctoral Programme Launched

International researchers can reach their APEX in Cork pictured at the launch of APEX ( left to right): Dr Sally Cudmore, Manager APC Microbiome Ireland; Ms Oonagh Cahalane, APC, Dr Jill Haynes, APC, Prof Helen Whelton, Head of School of Medicine & Health, UCC and Prof Fergus Shanahan, Director APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC

APC has just launched a new international postdoctoral fellowship programme. Co-funded by the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme,  APEX (APC Postdoctoral Excellence), is an innovative, intersectoral and trans-disciplinary training, career development and mobility programme, which focuses on the research area of the microbiota and its role in human health and disease.

The aim of APEX is to develop the next generation of international scientific leaders who will gain hands-on experience, and develop cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial skills through individual research projects with a mandatory secondment to a non-academic research partner during their two years of fellowship. The programme will bring 20 international researchers to Ireland.

“Over the last decade APC Microbiome Ireland has developed an international reputation as a leader in microbiome science. With a research community of over 300 researchers, the APC will provide a dynamic, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment for these new postdoctoral researchers to hone their research and management skills to enable them become the academic and industry research leaders of tomorrow”, said Prof Fergus Shanahan, Director of APC Microbiome Ireland.

Fellowships will be offered in the four thematic APC research areas of ‘Microbes to Molecules’, ‘Diet and Microbes at the Extremes of Life’, ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ and ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’.

The fellowships are targeted at experienced researchers where the researcher must be in possession of a doctoral degree OR have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry. International mobility is a core element of the APEX programme. Applicants must be incoming fellows to Ireland and fulfil the H2020 mobility requirements as outlined http://apc.ucc.ie/eligibility-criteria-apex/

There are two calls under the APEX programme. The first call is now open with a submission deadline of 9th April 2018, and a second call will open January 2019, with a closing date of April 9th 2019. There will be 10 fellowships awarded in each call. The call guidelines are available at http://apc.ucc.ie/apex/

For more information, contact Ms Oonagh Cahalane, APEX Programme Manager: email: APEX@UCC.ie; telephone +353 21 4901393 or visit http://apc.ucc.ie/apex/