Bernal Recruitment

The Bernal Institute creates an excellent doctoral training environment, and overall a conducive mentoring environment that attracts top class graduate students and postdocs to our research clusters.  We prioritise talent development to support our people to become national and global influencers in their field.

LOCATION: University of Limerick                                                                    CLOSING DATE 04-August-2020 12:00

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €37,874 – €49,048 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary € 42,559 p.a. pro rata)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or related discipline (applicants who have met all requirements for graduation and are awaiting award will be considered. Please give date of Viva)

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) is an industry led, industry driven research centre.

The research activities within are centred around three strategic areas;

  • Cleaning – including containment, changeover, and validation
  • Process control and optimisation
  • Applied data utilisation/analytics

Pharmaceutical cleaning and subsequent verification and validation have always been a time consuming and costly operation in multipurpose pharmaceutical plants. It has a significant impact on plant efficiency, utilities, and resources. About 50% of time is spent doing cleaning, resulting in a massive impact on downtime, costs, and changeovers. The core cleaning project aims to build an experimental rig to mimic the cleaning process and to address some of the challenges that the pharmaceutical industry faces in cleaning by investigating and researching specific areas of cleaning. To achieve these goals, the research activities of this project are focused on three parts: (1) Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling to quantify and predict cleaning rates by various cleaning methods and cleaning agents as a function of operating conditions, (2) Selection of the best cleaning agents using COSMO-RS modelling, experimental solubility and cleaning trials, (3) Online PAT solution for cleaning monitoring and verification.

A postdoctoral researcher is required to join the cleaning team to work on the development and implementation of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) tools for cleaning verification (part 3). The successful candidate will work closely with the other team members in areas 1 and 2. The successful candidate is expected to spend some of their time at industrial partners’ sites.

The project will provide opportunities for the successful candidate to have a broad impact on PAT implementation in the pharmaceutical industry and obtain excellent industry exposure.

Through its extensive industry network, PMTC conducts innovative, high quality research in

pharmaceutical manufacturing that has direct relevance to industry. The successful applicant will

be expected to interact with other PMTC researchers and liaise with the key industry stakeholders

on a regular basis.

Click here for further details

LOCATION: University of Limerick                                                                    CLOSING DATE 06-August-2020 12:00

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €37,874 – €49,048 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary € 43,782 p.a. pro rata)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in chemistry, materials science or physics. Must be finalised at the time of application. Please give date of Viva.

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

The position will involve meeting the milestones and deliverables of the project in terms of provision of samples in a timely manner and interaction and collaboration with an industry partner.

Click here for further details

LOCATION: University of Limerick                                                                    CLOSING DATE 06-August-2020 12:00

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €37,874 – €49,048 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary € 45,041 p.a. pro rata)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in  
    Mechanical/Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering or related discipline.Mechanical/Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering or related discipline.

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Applicants are invited for the above post starting September 1st 2020 or soon thereafter, which is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).  We are seeking a talented scientist or engineer with in-depth knowledge of polymers, composites and related areas of science and technology including experience of the manufacture of pre-impregnated laminates (Tthe material choice, manufacturing, process, thickness, and lay-up shall be representative of flight hardware of spacecraft) and characterisation of the composite materials in relation to their use in industry, specifically using Non-destructive Investigations (NDI).  The NDI techniques will include 3D X-Ray computed tomography, immersion ultrasound, laser shearography and conventional X-ray.  Manufacturing defects will be assessed and characterised.  Defects will include “kiss-bonds” to be manufactured in-house, with a bespoke manufacturing rig to be designed, fabricated, commissioned, and subsequently adopted.  The successful applicant will be a member of a team and will have to interact, closely with industry, partner universities, and the ESA.  the successful candidate will be expected to collate reports, present at specified consortium meetings must, therefore, be free to travel within the EU.  The successful applicant will plan, manage and carry out the manufacturing test plan and characterise samples using NDI techniques.

Click here for further details

LOCATION: University of Limerick                                                                    CLOSING DATE 06-August-2020 12:00

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €54,717 – €59,622 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €54,717 p.a. pro rata)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in mechanical engineering or related discipline related to experimental thermal sciences.

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

As part of a new research project at Stokes Labs in the Bernal Institute, a Research Fellow is required for a 24 month, specific purpose contract.

 The successful applicant will undertake work on this project to design, manufacture and experimentally characterise the performance of two-phase transport equipment that use new materials and fluids. Additive manufacturing will play an important role in the success of the project.

 Through its extensive industry network, the Bernal Institute conducts innovative, high quality research that has direct relevance to industry. The successful applicant will be expected to interact with other institute researchers and liaise with the industry stakeholders on a regular basis.

Click here for further details