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.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 30th September 2022

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €39,523 – €51,035 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €44,349 p.a. pro rata)

WEBLINK TO RESEARCH CENTRE: https://www.pmtc.ie/

 WEBLINK TO PI’s RIS/RESEARCHGATE PROFILE: https://pmtc.ie/research-themes/pharmaceutical-plant-  cleaning  

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in chemical engineering, analytical chemistry, chemistry, physics or related discipline.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Pharmaceutical cleaning and subsequent verifications and validations have always been time consuming and costly operations in multipurpose pharmaceutical plants, resulting in significant impact on plant efficiency, utilities and resources. Investigations in the current cleaning processes revealed that cleaning mechanisms are governed by (i) the soil solubility: the ability of the cleaning agent to dissolve the staining and (ii) the lift of: the ability of the cleaning fluid to remove the staining form the surface. Both mechanisms depend on the surface chemistry and attractive forces (chemical bindings). In addition, current cleaning validation techniques are largely based on laborious, time consuming and expensive swab sampling techniques, whereby swabs of the cleaned surface are taken and then tested using HPLC techniques in the laboratory. There is an opportunity to develop improved surfaces to reduce the adhesion of impurities and to make them easy to clean. This can be achieved via appropriate chemical functionalisation of the surface, which will improve the surface quality, the cleaning efficiency and reduce considerably the cleaning times and equipment downtimes. Developed coatings will be tested in the laboratory as well as in the pre-industrial scale using the newly acquired cleaning in place rig.

A Post Doctoral Researcher is required to join the cleaning team to work on the Pharmaceutical Easy-Clean surfaces (PECS) project to investigate the effectiveness of the developed coatings in the laboratory and pre-industrial scale settings under different cleaning conditions. The successful candidate is expected to have experience in pharmaceutical cleaning, CIP design as well as the use of process analytical tools (PAT) for cleaning verification.

The project will provide opportunities for the successful candidate to have a broad impact on plant cleaning methodologies 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 is expected to interact with other PMTC researchers and liaise with the key industry stakeholders on a regular basis.

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Dr Rabah Mouras
Department of Chemical Sciences/PMTC
University of Limerick
Email: Rabah.Mouras@ul.ie

Further information is available here

CLOSING DATE: Monday 17th October 2022

REPORTS TO: Head of Department

CONTRACT TYPE: Lecturer – Multiannual

Lecturer below the bar – Tenure Track (five year fixed term). During the term of the contract the successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply for tenure in accordance with the University’s Policy and Procedures for Granting Multi-annual Status to Tenure Track Academic Staff

SALARY SCALE:  Lecturer €55,251- €88,546 p.a.  Lecturer below the bar €41,510 – €56,940 p.a.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Department of Biological Sciences is one of three departments within the School of Natural Sciences in the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

The Department currently offers undergraduate programmes in the areas of Bioscience, Equine Science and Food Science and Health. These include BSc Bioscience, Certificate, Diploma and BSc degree in Equine Science and BSc in Food Science and Health. The Department also offers an MSc in Functional Foods and Product Development and an interfaculty MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and makes significant teaching contributions to programmes in BSc Biological Sciences (Education), BSc Environmental Science, BSc Industrial Biochemistry and BSc Nursing and Midwifery.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers postgraduate programmes by research to masters and doctorate levels in a variety of disciplines such as, environmental biology, cell biology, food protein ingredients, protein chemistry, lipid chemistry, equine science, food science, food microbiology, and microbial ecology, and taught MSc programmes in Biomolecular Sciences and Functional Foods and Product Development in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan which is committed to health and biopharmaceuticals as an integral part of its academic and research objectives. In the Academic Year 2020/2021, the School received €6.1M in research funding, was hosting 131 PhD students, 25 Research Masters students, 65 Postdoctoral Researchers, 17 Research Fellows and published 350 papers.

The Department also offers postgraduate programmes by research to masters and doctorate levels in a variety of disciplines such as food science, food microbiology, environmental biology, cell biology protein chemistry, equine science and microbial ecology. The University’s Strategic Plan is committed to food and health as an integral part of its academic and research objectives.

The Department now wishes to recruit a Lecturer/Lecturer below the bar in Food Science to support its teaching and research mission. The appointee will support the MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and the MSc in Functional Foods and Product Development providing teaching expertise relevant to the above programmes. The successful candidate will be expected to lead a sustainable externally funded research programme complementary to existing food science research activities in the Department of Biological Sciences. Furthermore, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the advancement of the UL-led Dairy Processing Research Centre (DPTC) and to interact, where appropriate, with relevant UL institutes (e.g. the Health Research Institute (HRI).

The Department seeks exceptional applicants whose research complements existing research themes within the Faculty in the area(s) of food science and health. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with a basic or translational research program in food processing, food technology, food engineering and the impact of processing on the functional (nutritional and techno-functional) properties of foods and food ingredients.

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Professor Ioannis Zabetakis
Head
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Limerick
Email: Ioannis.Zabetakis@ul.ie

Further information is available here

CLOSING DATE:  Tuesday 11th October 2022

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €39,523 – €51,035 p.a. pro rata

WEBLINK TO PI’s RIS/RESEARCHGATE PROFILE: www.ryangroupul.ie

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

 The position will involve materials and electrochemical battery research focused on the development of new nanostructured silicon based anodes for lithium ion batteries, their characterization using a range of techniques such as XRD, SEM, TEM and their evaluation in lithium ion half cells and full cells in a range of electrolytes with particular focus on ether electrolytes. This position will further involve scaling up of our nanowire growth process in collaboration with our EU reaction design partners. The position will involve meeting the milestones and deliverables on the EU funded project in terms of provision of samples to partners in our work-packages in a timely manner and interaction and collaboration with multiple partners across Europe in Industry and Academia.

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Professor Kevin Ryan
Department of Chemical Sciences
University of Limerick
Email: Kevin.M.Ryan@ul.ie

Further information is available here

POSITION:  One full-time, fully funded (stipend+fees) postgraduate (PG) student position (PhD).

LOCATION: Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leader, Dr Soumya Mukherjee

WEBLINK TO PI’s RIS/RESEARCHGATE PROFILE: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Soumya-Mukherjee

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH:

Dr Soumya Mukherjee is looking for a PhD student to join his group, which are exploring opportunities and challenges in the interface of Materials Chemistry and Adsorption Science. Based at the Department of Chemical Sciences (University of Limerick), this 48 month studentship will include collaborations between cross-functional research groups and international travel. Background in Organic chemistry preferred.

Send your expression of interest to Soumya.Mukherjee@ul.ie

POSITION:  Two full-time, fully funded (stipend+fees) postgraduate (PG) student positions;  one PhD and one MSc.

LOCATION: Department of Physics, University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leader, Dr Christophe Silien in collaboration with Dr. Ning Liu and Prof. Tofail. Syed(MOSAIC). Some elements of the research will also involve Prof. Michael Connelly (Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at UL).

WEBLINK TO PI’s ORCID Profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0426-2166

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH:

The positions will be associated with our Science Foundation Ireland Frontier for the Future Project ID-BioM. We are developing a method of optical super-resolution microscopy based on illumination diversity, image scanning microscopy, and machine learning-based super-resolution reconstruction. The team for the project involves individuals showing skills (or having the intention to develop some of these skills at PG-level) in:
materials science, including biomaterials .
Linear and non-linear optics.
Construction of original research instruments.
Programming of interfaces (C, Python, Labview), digital and analog electronics.
Data processing and artificial intelligence (Matlab).
The project benefits from our interdisciplinary background in optics/photonics and materials.

Read some of this group’s research papers in related fields in materials and photonics:

https://doi.org/10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00716

https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202002873

https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c03848

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41377-020-00414-4

https://doi.org/10.1039/D0NR01463J

Send your CV along with a motivation letter to Christophe.Silien@ul.ie

Applications will be reviewed fortnightly, suitable candidates will be called for interview, until the positions are filled.

POSITION:  Full-time, fully funded PhD student position

LOCATION: Department of Chemical Sciences

REPORTS TO: Project Leaders, Dr Soumya Mukherjee and Prof Mike Zaworotko..

WEBLINK TO PI’s ORCID Profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2375-7009

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1360-540X

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH:

The position will be associated with our Science Foundation Ireland and Irish Research Council Project POLYSORB: Ionic Ultramicroporous Polymer Adsorbents for Energy-efficient Purification of Commodity Chemicals.

This four-year PhD studentship is fully funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish Research Council (IRC) as part of an SFI-IRC Pathways Research Award. The position is part of the POLYSORB project, which is led by Dr Soumya Mukherjee and co-supervised by Prof Mike Zaworotko.

The PhD project will focus on the synthesis of a new class of organic sorbents for adsorptive separation based commodity chemicals (including water) purifications. It will involve a wide spectrum of synthesis techniques including crosslinking polymerisation and mechanochemistry, and will rely upon a range of structural characterisation techniques including X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Nuclear magnetic resonance and electron microscopy. Evaluation of new polymeric physisorbent families will be conducted using adsorption isotherm and sorption kinetics tests, dynamic column breakthrough, membrane and fixed-bed regeneration experiments, including programmed desorption tests.

Project Abstract: We are in the “Age of Gas” whereby gases/vapours have replaced liquids as fuels, therapies or feedstock chemicals in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors (1.1% and 5.6% of World GDP, respectively). New approaches to carbon capture, water purification, light hydrocarbon separation and toxic gas remediation represent global challenges as their purification is so energy intensive, collectively consuming ca. 15% of global energy production. Physisorption and membrane separations that rely on porous physisorbents offer a disruptive option as they can enable up to 80% more energy efficiency for separations/purifications. Among new-generation physisorbents, whereas > 100,000 metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and synthetic zeolites exist, none are yet commercially viable because of weak performance, poor stability or high cost. To address this, the synthesis and evaluation of new polymeric physisorbent families is the primary objective of this proposal. This high risk-high reward project will deliver a) stable by-design families of physisorbents; b) new scientific
understanding of separation performances; c) membranes that address commodity chemical separations, including freshwater purifications.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or related subjects while joining the PhD programme. Applicants with previous experience in organic chemistry (and/or
analytical chemistry) will be desirable.

The Position: The successful candidate will be enrolled in the PhD Programme in the Department of Chemical Sciences and the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick. The award includes tuition fees, €18,500 annual stipend, travel/work expense budget and graduate training.

Application Deadline: Monday, July 4 2022
Send your CV along with a motivation letter (highlighting your relevant technical capabilities) to Soumya.Mukherjee@ul.ie

Independent PhD Fellowship applications related to the project will also be supported.

POSITION:  PhD student position  Full-time, fully funded (The award includes tuition fees, €18,500 annual stipend, travel, and consumables budget.)

LOCATION: Department of Physics

REPORTS TO: Project Leader, Dr Ning Liu

WEBLINK TO PI’s ORCID Profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1164-6387

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH:

The title of the research project is ‘Plasmonic nanocavities for quantum light emitters and sensing’.  This study will explore the possibility to fabricate nanoparticle-on-mirror (NPoM) plasmonic nanocavities on an optical fibre tip and study its applications in quantum light emitters and sensing. This project will involve both simulation on the E-field enhancement and hands-on fabrication of NPoM nanocavities and their integration with fibre tip.

Position Details: The successful candidate will be enrolled in the PhD Programme in the Department of Physics and the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick and will also have the opportunity to work in Trinity College Dublin and Tyndall National Institute.

The award includes tuition fees, €18,500 annual stipend, travel, and consumables budget.  Applicants for whom English is a second language will be required to meet English language requirements. The Project will be supervised by Dr Ning Liu.

Application Process: Applicants should e-mail Dr Ning Liu (ning.liu@ul.ie) with a curriculum vitae (CV) and a short cover letter detailing their motivation for applying for the position. Academic references can also be provided.
Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.