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


CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €50,182 – €71,257 p.a. pro rata


Primary degree level qualification (level 8 NFQ or equivalent) in science/engineering or at least 5 years’ equivalent industrial experience.

Job Purpose

The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) is an industry academic collaborative research centre, hosted by the University of Limerick, and funded by Enterprise Ireland. PMTC supports sustainability and innovation for the breadth of Pharmaceutical companies and related SMEs in Ireland. Our member companies benefit by influencing the direction of core research, participation in research projects and communities of practice thereby adding value through research and innovation, networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration.

The PMTC Business Development Manager (BDM) is a member of the operations team which is headed by the PMTC Director. The role of the BDM is to work with the PMTC community to identify new industrial members, project and funding opportunities aligned with PMTC. Additionally the BDM role is to get existing partners to fully engage with the centre to benefit both the partner and the centre to the maximum. The BDM role acts as the interface between the PMTC academic and industrial communities in both business develop and industry liaison activities. The role requires significant understanding of industry requirements from the centre. The role will involve significant travel to pharma industry MNC and SME sites as well as academic institutions within Ireland. The BDM will work closely with the Director to deliver the PMTC Strategy and reach Enterprise Ireland targets for competitive funding. The successful candidate will be external facing and represent PMTC at a National level and where required, will engage with International collaborators. The BDM will be responsible for negotiation and execution on contract agreements in partnership with relevant host Institution Technology Transfer Offices.

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LOCATION: University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

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





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


The Laboratory of Prof Mike Zaworotko currently works on metal-organic materials (MOMs), especially microporous and ultramicroporous sorbents, and multi-component pharmaceutical materials (MPMs) such as cocrystals, hydrates and ionic cocrystals are of particular interest. These advanced materials are aimed at addressing global challenges such as carbon capture, water purification and better medicines.

Funding comes from a variety of sources, including SFI, the Irish Research Council, the European Commission and industry partners.

The post-doctoral researcher will design and characterise new materials and evaluate whether these materials are suitable for further development. They will also engage in collaborations with academic and industrial partners and mentor junior team members in the crystal-engineering laboratory of Prof Mike Zaworotko.

The person should have excellent experimental skills and a strong ability to communicate with both academic and industrial collaborators.

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