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.

TITLE OF POST:  PROCESS: Engineering Solutions for the Process Industry, A Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship. (8 fellowships available in Call 2).

LOCATION: All fellowships will be hosted in the University of Limerick where fellows will be further supported by one of the following world-leading research and technology centres: Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), both funded by Enterprise Ireland, and the SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland Pharmaceutical Research Centre and Confirm: Smart Manufacturing, both Science Foundation Ireland funded.

CONTRACT TYPE:  The two-year fellowship will include an individual research project under the academic supervision of a researcher affiliated with one of the participating centres and a non-academic supervisor, likely a relevant industry partner representative. An employment contract, attractive salary, and excellent working conditions will be provided for the duration of the 2-year Fellowship, which includes a 3-6 month mandatory secondment to industry partners for research or training experience. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside experienced industry members in world-leading companies.

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TITLE OF POST: Bernal Professor of Structured Materials

LOCATION: University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Head of Chemical Sciences

CONTRACT TYPE: Multiannual

SALARY SCALE: €117,904 – €151,476 p.a.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in physical sciences, chemical or biochemical engineering, or equivalent discipline.
  • Doctoral degree (Level 10 NFQ) in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or materials science or a related discipline.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Advance and consolidate an international centre of excellence in structured materials research at the University of Limerick. Participate in undergraduate and postgraduate education.

DESCRIPTION:

The Bernal Professor of Structured Materials will develop their research within the Bernal Institute and contribute to the teaching and research mission of the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick. The post holder will have internationally leading expertise in structured materials. While candidates from a range of areas in materials science and engineering are welcome, candidates with expertise in fundamental areas that underpin research activities in the preparation and manufacture of pharmaceutical materials are particularly welcome. Candidates will provide leadership and direction for research connected with the development and innovative design of current and new products relevant to the Irish and international pharmaceutical sector.

The holder of the position will have a strong background in the relevant fundamentals, and a sincere interest to develop and apply this competence to promote the development of technologies of present and future grand challenges. The successful candidate, from an academic or industry background, will have a doctoral degree (Level 10 NFQ) in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or materials science or a related discipline, an international research reputation in the discipline as indicated by multiple successes in securing research funding, leading a group of researchers, and a significant publication record in high impact international journals and/or patents. The candidates must demonstrate how their research and teaching complements existing strengths at the University of Limerick and the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland.

The post will be in the Department of Chemical Sciences, one of three departments within the School of Natural Sciences (http://scieng.ul.ie/schools-departments/) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering (http://scieng.ul.ie/). The School of Natural Sciences currently hosts 112 PhD and 23 MSc students and 72 post doctoral associates and research fellows. The School published over 225 papers in Web of Science journals in 2018 and has received over €55 million in research funding in the past 3 years. The Department of Chemical Sciences offers a range of undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes as well as postgraduate research programmes (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in a variety of disciplines, including Molecular and Nano-Materials, Bio-Materials and Process Engineering.

This position is offered in the context of the Bernal Institute, a €100 million investment at the University of Limerick in Science and Engineering, which involves the appointment of ten Bernal Professors. A new facility, the 7,500 m2 Analog Devices Building, was opened in 2015 with a total of 20,000 m2 of high quality research space now available to the Institute. A generous research package including start-up funds, laboratory space and equipment will be provided. The Bernal Institute has an extensive array of state of the art characterisation facilities that include three new (€7 million awarded by Science Foundation Ireland) test beds for continuous crystallisation, biological processing and molecular process analysis for sustainable chemical transformations.

Applicants are required to submit a statement of future research (up to 2 pages) and teaching plans (up to 2 pages) that indicate how they will drive the development of an international reputation in materials research and education at the University of Limerick. Applications are welcome from ambitious early/mid-career candidates who can demonstrate a competitive track record in delivering research and educational outputs and achievements.

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TITLE OF POST: Post Doctoral Researcher in Polymer Material Structural Testing

LOCATION: University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €37,874 – €49,048 p.a. pro rata

QUALIFICATIONS:

 A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) or equivalent, in the following disciplines: mechanical (or aeronautical or biomedical engineering) or material science.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Leading edge erosion (by repeated water droplet impact) of wind turbine blades is a major concern for the wind energy sector, leading to reduced energy output and increased maintenance costs. This project, which is funded by the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), will investigate the rain erosion resistance of candidate leading edge protection systems and characterise their material properties.The droplet impingement tests will be performed in the Whirling Arm Rain Erosion Rig (WARER) test facility at the University of Limerick (UL). This world-class, validated experimental testing facility allows test specimens to be subjected to droplet impacts at velocities typical of in-service wind turbines. The results will enable the research team to assess and rank candidate materials for industrial application. The University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and industry partners are collaborating in this multidisciplinary research effort.

The successful applicant will have the responsibility of conducting a series of experimental evaluations of candidate materials and coatings. In addition to the accelerated rain erosion testing (conducted in the WARER), material characterisations will be undertaken using the extensive suite of equipment in the Bernal Institute, UL (e.g. nano indentation has been shown to be a useful technique to evaluate desirable viscoelastic properties associated with high performing materials). The successful candidate will be expected to plan the research work, generate and collate research outputs, prepare written reports and make presentations to stakeholders.

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TITLE OF POST: Research Assistant in Materials Science (3D Printing – Polymers)

LOCATION: University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €22,496 – €35,218 p.a. pro rata

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in materials science or relevant area.
  • Bachelors degree (level 8 NFQ) in materials science or relevant area.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

The overall purpose of the post is to work on a H2020 funded project: Lignin based Carbon fibres for composites (LIBRE).

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TITLE OF POST: Senior Research Fellow in Thermal and Scanning Probe Characterisation

LOCATION: University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €66,559 – €71,429 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary is €68,501 p.a. pro rata)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in physics or a related discipline.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

To conduct advanced characterisation of polymers, metals and ceramics through functional imaging using scanning probe microscopy as well as thermal characterisation. Successful candidate will carry out materials and surface characterisation using state of the art microscopy, spectroscopy, rheology and thermal characterisation including but not limited to instruments such as multimodal Scanning Probe Microscopy as well as DSC, DTA and TGA and Rheometry. They will train postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows in using these techniques and will actively participate in the group’s grant proposal writing and other income generation initiatives. They will manage the group’s technical interactions with university research, administrative legal and financial support staff as well as external collaboration partners involved in collaborative joint projects/programmes. They will provide assistance to the PIs reporting to funding agencies, maintain and manage work relationships within the group between its research team members including collaborating principle investigators/funded investigators, project manager, research fellows (senior/postdoctoral), postgraduate students and research assistants. The job will involve national and international travel for participating in project meetings, conferences, networking and brokerage events.

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