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PhD Opportunity

“Ewe Breed Differences in Cervical Function following Cervical AI”


A PhD project on sheep reproductive physiology and immunology is available
under an EU Funded ERA-Net project, Sustainable Sheep Production (SusSheP).
The overall objective of this PhD project is to examine the underlying
molecular mechanisms regulating sperm transport in European ewe breeds known
to have divergent fertility following cervical insemination. In Scandinavia,
sheep are successfully cervically inseminated with frozen-thawed semen at
farm level but elsewhere, including in Ireland, cervical insemination results
in unacceptably low pregnancy rates. Our previous work over the last decade
has identified a significant contribution of ewe breed, and more
specifically, the failure of sperm to transverse the cervix. This project
will employ a suite of molecular biology and bioinformatic tools, including
transcriptomic (next generation sequencing) and glycomics to interrogate
differences between ewe breeds in cervical tissue and its secretions. This
innovative project will ultimately lead towards the development of a
practical and welfare friendly method for AI in sheep.


Candidates will have, or expect to obtain a high honours grade in a
biological science degree (e.g., Animal Science, Biology, Biotechnology,
Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or Veterinary Medicine). Experience of
molecular biology techniques and/or bioinformatics while not essential would
be an advantage. The successful candidate will learn cutting edge,
multidisciplinary skills and benefit from collaborative opportunities both in
Ireland and abroad.


The successful candidate will register with the Department of Biological
Sciences, University of Limerick for a 4-year Ph.D. degree. The research and
course work will be mainly carried out at the University of Limerick, with
complementary animal work conducted at Teagasc, Athenry, Co Galway and
laboratory work at the Teagasc Bioscience Research Centre, Co Meath as well
as at The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT),
University College Dublin. The fellowship provides a stipend of €22,000.
University fees are paid by the student from the stipend which is tenable for
4 years. The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after 1st of April

Further Information

Dr Sean Fair, Laboratory of Animal Reproduction, Department of Biological
Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland. Phone +353-61-202548; email:

Dr Kieran Meade, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange,
Dunsany, Co. Meath. Phone +353 (0)469026715;

Application Procedure Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae,
including the names and addresses of at least two referees as well as a
letter of interest to: Dr Sean Fair (

Closing date: 28th February 2017.

Senior Lecturer In Animal Physiology
Life Sciences,
School of Natural Sciences,
Faculty of Science and Engineering,
University of Limerick,

Kieran Meade, Ph.D.
Senior Animal Health Bioscientist,
Animal & Bioscience Research Department,
Teagasc, Grange, Co. Meath.

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