Postdoctoral Researcher in Laser Surface Modification

Dublin, Ireland
Aug 13, 2020
End of advertisement period
Aug 28, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Centre: I-Form, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Level on Framework: Level 1
Post duration: 3 Year Fixed-Term Contract

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 CU 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.

As part of this role you 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.

I-FORM Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre: The I-FORM Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has been established by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to deliver high-impact, innovative science and engineering research. I-FORM has particular focus on additive manufacturing (‘3D printing’) combined with advanced digital technologies applied in a precision manufacturing environment, see http://www.i-form.ie/. The Centre brings together a multi-disciplinary team of over 80 PhD and Post-Doc researchers in manufacturing engineering, materials and data science, in a cross-disciplinary and translational research environment. I-FORM operates in close collaboration with a global network of companies and collaborators.

Project and Role Background

Development of stainless-steel surface profile and composition control for chemical and biopharma​ industrial applications.

In this role, the surface of different stainless steel compositions will be laser processed to achieve an altered chemical and microstructure profile. This will be examined for improved corrosion and fouling protection within a rig designed and built for chemical and bio-processing. Architectural applications of the generated surfaces will also be examined via reflectivity and chemical analysis. Stainless-steel corrosion is a particular concern for many wet-process industries. Corrosion resistance is an important factor for the durability of a metal finish after exposure to water, chemical and bio-based solutions.

Chemical composition and the presence of surface oxide layers on stainless-steel play an important role in their corrosion resistance. The effects of rouging, corrosion, and biofouling are costly problems on the surface of stainless-steel, the most common material used in processing plants. Corrosion is a worldwide crucial problem that strongly affects natural and industrial environments. Corrosion induced component failures cause devastating environmental, social and financial consequences.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Principal Investigator the Postdoctoral Researcher will perform research on an SFI I-Form targeted company project.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator
  • Engaging with internal and external stakeholders including academic and industry
  • partners/collaborators as appropriate
  • Carrying out administrative work associated with the programme as necessary
  • Supervising and assisting postgraduate students working in this area with their research
  • Documenting all experimental data, analyses and protocols
  • Reporting/presenting regularly at group meetings
  • Attending relevant meetings, seminars, training and conferences
  • Contributing to manuscript preparation relevant to the project
  • Completing a detailed report upon completion of the project
  • Undertaking standard laboratory management tasks
  • Monitoring and reporting on project budget expenditure
  • Assisting in identifying and developing future research and funding initiatives
  • Undertaking other tasks as defined by the project leaders

Candidate Requirements

The team is looking for applications from high performing, aspiring candidates with a desire to discover new knowledge and to drive forward advanced manufacturing technologies. Ideally, the successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in materials science or engineering discipline
  • An ability to design and/or implement a substantial programme of research including initiating and leading new research programmes.
  • Demonstrated ability in communicating their research nationally and internationally (for example by publishing in high quality peer reviewed journals of international standing, presentation at conference and through interaction with industrial partners).
  • A demonstrated ability of good communication skills.

Experience in assisting with the supervision of postgraduate students would also be desirable as would financial management of a research project.

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 (for example funding bodies) and the ability 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 teach and tutor students.

-Managing & Leadership skills - Demonstrates the potential to manage a research project including the supervision of undergraduate students.

Mandatory Training

Post holders will be required to undertake the following mandatory training: Orientation, GDPR, and Compliance. Other training may need to be undertaken when required.