Post-doc Research Fellow Lvl 1 or Lvl 2, School of Chemistry

Apr 13, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 02, 2021
University College Dublin
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

The NMR and Nanomaterials Research Group in the School of Chemistry are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher for a 2 year full time, Science Foundation Ireland supported, position within a large project on responsive nanocomposite materials for biomedical applications.

The overall research project, which is underway, involves developing synthetic methods for production at scale of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) with strong magnetic responses, forming nanocomposites of these with hydrogels and evaluating the materials potential for tissue engineering applications. The Group have developed much of the relevant nanoparticle surface chemistry1 and colloidal techniques,2 and have expertise both in the characterisation of magnetic nanomaterials3,4 and hydrogel formation.5 Our initial results from the project are now published6 and the task remains to exploit these advances by implementing spatiotemporally responsive cell culture supports over the next two years.

The role is to work within the team developing bio-compatible and bio-responsive nanocomposite hydrogels using our 3D printing and curing techniques, developing tandem microscopic/thermographic evaluation of prints during magnetic field exposure, and liaising with our collaborators to implement these approaches in cell culture (organoid) engineering.

This project is suitable for researchers from range of backgrounds including chemistry, physics, materials science and bio-engineering. The goals are scientific but responsibilities will also include part-supervision of current Ph.D. students and assisting Prof. Brougham with project exploitation and developing commercial/Horizon Europe funding possibilities. Extensive collaborative supports/opportunities are available within the team which includes Prof. John Crean on organoid specification, Prof. Brian Rodriguez on 3D-printing and Prof. Emmanuel Reynaud (all UCD) on light microscopy.

We are inviting applications from excellent Ph.D. graduates and experience Post-Doctoral Researchers to contribute to our programme. This temporary 2yr post is advertised as 'Post-Doctoral Research Fellow' in UCD, the successful candidate will be offered an appointment at either Postdoc Level 1 or Postdoc Level 2, depending on qualifications/experience.

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Salary Range: Level 1 post: €38,631 - €44,657 per annum or Level 2 post: €45,942 - €47,264 per annum.
Appointment on range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 2 May 2021. The intended starting date is as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD offers a comprehensive Research Careers Framework in line with the Advisory Science Council Report 'Towards a Framework for Researcher Careers'. This model provides a structured and supportive Career and Skills Development system designed to ensure that Post-docs in UCD are able to plan their careers and prepare for future opportunities in academia, industry or the public sector. For more information, please click here

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

  1. Stable aqueous dispersions of glycopeptide grafted magnetic nanoparticles of selectable functionality. Heise, Brougham et al. Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3164-3167.
  2. Nanoparticle clusters: assembly and control over internal order, current capabilities and future potential. Deak, Brougham et al. Advanced Materials, 2016, 28, 5400-5424.
  3. Size selectable nanoparticle assemblies with magnetic anisotropy tunable across the superparamagnetic to ferromagnetic range. Stolarczyk, Brougham et al. Chemical Communications, 2016, 52, 13337-13340.
  4. Size-controlled nanoparticle clusters of narrow size-polydispersity formed using multiple particle types through competitive stabilizer desorption to a liquid-liquid interface. Brougham et al. Small, 2018, 14, 1802278.
  5. Network structure in acrylate systems: the effect of junction topology on crosslink density and macroscopic gel properties. Heise, Brougham et al. Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 6531-6540.
  6. Spatiotemporally resolved heat dissipation in 3D patterned magnetically responsive hydrogels. P. Monks, J. K. Wychowaniec, E. McKiernan, S. Clerkin, J. Crean, B. J. Rodriguez, E. G. Reynaud, A. Heise, D. Brougham. Small, 2021, 17, 2004452.