The UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology has an ongoing research programme led by Prof. Des Tobin to investigate the biology of hair growth. Applications are invited for a 3-year Postdoctoral research position to conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of Prof. Des Tobin.
The primary purpose of the role is to examine the triggers for auto-inflammatory events in the complex immune-mediated non-scarring hair loss disorder Alopecia Areata. Specifically, the project will be focused on the identification of so-called auto-antigens to which the immune system in patients with Alopecia areata appears to be inappropriately directed. Knowledge and research experience of both humoral and cell-mediated immunology in the context of autoimmune disease is expected. Candidates with laboratory research experience using human skin are preferred. For detection and identification of disease-relevant autoantigens, a range of biomedical techniques will be employed both for autoantibodies and autoreactive T cell populations using blood and tissues.
Candidates will have excellent current knowledge of the literature in the field; maintain accurate and comprehensive experimental records with excellent attention to detail; assist in preparing presentations and reports as required; maintain laboratory equipment and facilities, and other duties associated with the research project, of an occasional nature, which may be assigned by the Principal Investigator, Prof. Des Tobin.