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:  Thursday, 30  June 2022

LOCATION: University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Head of School

CONTRACT TYPE: Multiannual

SALARY SCALE: €123,449 – €156,051 p.a.

The University of Limerick supports blended working

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two new Professor posts in the University of Limerick under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2022 in line with the requirements set out in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Call document; https://hea.ie/assets/uploads/2019/06/Senior-Academic-Leadership-Initiative_Call-for-Applications-2020-2.pdf

This SALI Programme is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Following a competitive process based on an annual call for applications from higher education institutions (HEIs), the HEA approved the post of Professor of Biochemical Engineering to assist in accelerating gender balance at senior levels.

The Senior Academic Leadership Initiative aims to help achieve equality of outcome in the higher education sector. New and additional senior academic leadership posts have been funded in areas where:

  • There is clear evidence of significant gender under-representation.
  • Where this appointment will have significant impact within the faculty/department/functional unit and the HEI.
  • Where they would be a proportionate and effective means to achieve accelerated and sustainable change within an institution.

These posts are new and additional to the sector and they will be funded through new and additional funding provided specifically to help progress gender balance among academic staff at senior levels.

The key objective of this Initiative is principally to attract outstanding female applicants both from within the sectors currently and internationally. The Initiative will also assist in increasing the number of women involved in the decision-making processes in the institutions, as advocated in the EU Commission Strategy on Promoting Equality in Decision Making.

In securing the Post of Professor of Biochemical Engineering our institution has demonstrated our commitment to gender equality. Our institution has also demonstrated plans for future developments in this area and has outlined the organisational and cultural initiatives in place to support the newly appointed staff.

 While this Initiative gives priority to highly qualified female candidates within the boundaries of what is legally permissible, in order to address their under-representation, preferential consideration of female candidates is excluded if other reasons worthy of legal protection prevail. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who are in a minority or protected under Irish social legislation, or who also belong to an under-represented minority in academic posts may be considered if the institution can clearly articulate reasons worthy of legal protection as to why they should be considered.

Applicant eligibility    

Only applicants who are suitably qualified will be appointed. If applicants do not meet the normal competition rules for appointment at Professorship level, then appointments will not be made.

This is a dedicated call under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative and is an open competition for which both internal and external candidates will be eligible.

In line with the objectives of the HEA SALI call 2022, applications from highly qualified female candidates will be prioritised within the boundary of what is legally permissible, in order to address their underrepresentation.  However, preferential consideration of female candidates is excluded if other reasons worthy of legal protection prevail.

In exceptional circumstances, applications from candidates who are in a minority or protected under Irish social legislation, or who also belong to an under-represented minority in academic posts may be considered, where they clearly articulate in a separate eligibility statement, as part of their application, reasons worthy of legal protection as to why they should be considered. (Appendix 1).

Equality & Diversity

 UL fosters an organisational culture that is inclusive, where staff irrespective of gender participate equally at all levels. Staff diversity is a key to excellence and innovation and we celebrate the strength that difference creates. We recognise the real education and organisational benefits of having a diverse community of employees and students. To this end, the University is working towards building and maintaining an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and respects the rights and dignity of all.

UL was one of the first Irish institutions to achieve a Bronze AS Award 2015 and in April 2019, achieved renewal to the expanded charter.

Download our Athena SWAN Action Plan https://www.ul.ie/equality-diversity/equality-and-diversity

Download our Gender Action Plan  https://www.ul.ie/equality-diversity/equality-and-diversity

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree in chemical or biochemical engineering or an equivalent discipline.
  • A doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in chemical engineering or an equivalent discipline.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

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

Further information is available here

CLOSING DATE: Monday 06 June 2022

REPORTS TO: Project Leader

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €39,523 – €51,035 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €45,609 p.a. pro rata)

WEBLINK TO SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT: http://www.ulsites.ul.ie/physics/

WEBLINK TO PI’s RIS / RESEARCHGATE PROFILE: https://www.ul.ie/research/dr-ning-liu

 The University of Limerick supports blended working

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in an area of physics, chemistry, material science, optics, photonics or related discipline.

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funds this position. The overall objective of this post is to develop a novel technology for the fabrication of low-cost, high performance, electrically pumped light emitting diodes (LED) using colloidal semiconductor nanorod (NR) heterogeneous assembly.

The successful candidate is expected to develop the more challenging parts of the experimental work, the development of a new class of nanorod (NR)-LEDs based on highly ordered, closed packed, vertically and horizontally aligned NR heterogeneous assembly architecture by electrophoretic deposition. In particular, a background in fabrication and characterisation of electrically pumped nanocrystal-based light emitting diodes would be highly desirable.

The successful candidate should be able to work independently with a high degree of technical competence, demonstrate initiatives, being versatile and productive, capable of working both alone and with a team. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the evaluation and interpretation of experimental results, play an important role in the development of new intellectual property within the project, interact with potential industrial partners, and participate in the organisation and administration of the project.

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Dr Ning Liu
Department of Physics
Faculty of Science & Engineering
University of Limerick
Email: ning.liu@ul.ie

CLOSING DATE: Friday 10 June 2022

REPORTS TO: Head of Department

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE:

€41,510 – €56,940 p.a. pro rata

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BSc in chemistry or related discipline.
  • A doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in chemistry or related discipline, or near completion. Viva must be successfully completed prior to taking up the position.

 OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Lecturing on chemistry modules in addition to organisation of undergraduate practical laboratory sessions. Other administrative duties within the Department of Chemical Sciences.

 DESCRIPTION:

The Department of Chemical Sciences https://ulsites.ul.ie/ces/ is one of three departments within the School of Natural Sciences Department of Chemical Sciences | UL – University of Limerick in the Faculty of Science & Engineering http://scieng.ul.ie/. The Department of Chemical Sciences currently hosts 652 undergraduate students, 118 PhD research students, 140 taught postgraduate students and 73 postdoctoral associates and research fellows. The Department of Chemical Sciences published 250 papers in Web of Science journals in 2020 and received over €55 million in research funding in the past 3 years. The Department of Chemical Sciences offers undergraduate programmes in Pharmaceutical & Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences and Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and provides significant service teaching to a range of programmes in the Faculty of Science & Engineering. The Department’s taught postgraduate programmes include a MSc in Sustainable Resource Management, MSc in Bioprocessing, a Graduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering, Higher Diploma in Environmental Science, along with Professional Diplomas in Regulatory Affairs (Bio) Pharmaceuticals and Health & Safety.

The School of Natural Sciences is planning to develop additional taught postgraduate programmes, the Department will make a significant contribution to these programmes. The Department offers postgraduate research programmes (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in a variety of disciplines including Molecular and nano-Materials, Bio-Materials and Process Engineering.

The Department now wishes to recruit a Lecturer below the bar in Chemistry to support its teaching and research mission. Candidates should have the ability to lecture to students and be committed to teaching excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Department’s academic administrative activities. The candidate will be expected to supervise undergraduate FYP project students.

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Professor Tewfik Soulimane
Head
Department of Chemical Sciences
University of Limerick
Email: Tewfik.Soulimane@ul.ie

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.