Postdoctoral Researcher in Lipid Membrane Biophysics and Lipid Film
Research Centre: School of Chemical Sciences / National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Level on Framework: Level 1
Post Duration: Fixed Term Contract up to 1 year
As part of this role the researcher will be required to participate in the DCU Research Career Framework. This framework is designed to provide significant professional development opportunities to Researchers and offer the best opportunities in terms of a wider career path. The role may include teaching duties to assist with module delivery.
Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research intensive, globally engaged, dynamic institution which has developed its own research specialists, established internationally recognized centres of excellence that have substantive collaborative links with leading universities and industrial partners. DCU is distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Through its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation DCU acts as an agent of social, cultural and economic progress. DCU is Ireland’s fastest growing university and now hosts more than 17,000 students across its three academic campuses: DCU Glasnevin Campus, DCU St Patrick’s Campus and DCU All hallows campus. DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework Programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally-focused environment in which to advance your academic career.
The Project and Role
The National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) is is a large, multidisciplinary research unit based in state-of-the-art facilities situated on the campus of Dublin City University. The NCSR was established in 1999 with funding of €12 million from the Higher Education Authority (PRTLI Cycle 1), the Centre now has over a decade of experience in industrial-academic collaborations where sensor technology plays an important role in societal change. This role requires a passionate and talented postdoctoral scientist with a background in lipid membrane biophysics to work as part of a multidisciplinary team on cross-disciplinary project focused on development of pre-commercial prototypes of cell membrane microfluidic models for drug discovery applications. The role will involve working on the formation of lipid bilayer membranes on solid supports and their characterization; using electrochemical methods, fluorescence microscopy and/or Raman microscopy and associated data analysis.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to his/her Principal Investigator the Postdoctoral Researcher will:
- Conduct, with a very high degree of technical competence a specified programme of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator
- Contribute towards the development of a commercial prototype within an IP restricted project
- Within the constraints of IP protection of the project, disseminate the outcomes of the research in which he/she is engaged including funder reporting, industrial demos and publishing in high quality peer reviewed journals of international standing.
- Assist the PI and research group in the design and development and implementation of the broader research programme.
- Assist as required, the development of proposals for research funding.
- Take responsibility as requested for day-to-day advice and support of graduate research students associated with your research group.
- Mentor, assist and train as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students and more junior postdoctoral fellows within the group.
- Contribute to reporting, site visit preparation and other administrative management work associated with your programme of research and the research group
- Contribute to teaching and outreach activities of the group.
- Liaise with stakeholders such as industry and collaborators.
- Engage in appropriate training and development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, the School or Research Centre, or the University
- Carry out administrative work associated with the programme of research as necessary
Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in biochemistry, chemistry or physical chemistry and significant experience in preparation and analysis of lipid membrane models, such as supported lipid membranes, GUVs and proteoliposomes. The candidate must ideally possess experience in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy applied to lipid membrane models and/or experience in fluorescence microscopy methods particularly in FCS and FLIM, applied to study of membrane dynamics.
In addition, the applicant will have the following skills;
- capable of working independently with a high degree of technical competence
- a team player, he/she must demonstrate initiative, be hard working, versatile and productive.
- Excellent written and oral proficiency in English (essential)
- Excellent communication skills both written (for presentations) and verbal (for conference talks)
- Ability to prioritise workload and work to exacting deadlines
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and to take responsibility to contribute to the success of the team
The post holder will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: Orientation, Health and Safety and Intellectual Property and Data Protection training. Other training may need to be undertaken when required.
Candidates will be assessed on the following competencies:
Discipline knowledge and Research skills – Demonstrates knowledge of a research discipline and the ability to conduct a specific programme of research within that discipline.
Understanding the Research Environment – Demonstrates an awareness of the research environment and the potential to contribute to grant applications.
Communicating Research – Demonstrates the ability to convey their research with their peers and the wider research community (for example presenting at conferences and publishing research in relevant journals) and the potential to mentor and tutor students.
Managing & Leadership skills - Demonstrates the potential to manage a research project including the supervision of undergraduate students.