Research Lecturer – Advanced Materials, Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
26 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Post Title – Research Lecturer – Advanced Materials, Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine

Reports to – Head of Department or nominee

Location – Tissue Engineering Research Group and AMBER Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin

Closing date for applications – 25th Aug 2019

Interview date – September 2019

The full job

Salary and package - The salary for this position is €67,979 until the post is tenured as permanent academic lectureships (3-5 years). In addition, RCSI will make an investment of up to €150,000 in your research, including a 4 year PhD studentship and significant career development investment in the form of mentoring and protected research time. The position provides an opportunity to participate in a team based at the Tissue Engineering Research Group and internationally recognized AMBER Centre which is focused on developing advanced next generation materials and medical devices in partnership with industry.

Term of office: Tenure track appointment up to 5 years (pending performance review). The applicant will receive a yearly progress review, and at the end of year 3, a major review will be undertaken to determine whether the position will be converted to a permanent post. The review will be overseen by a committee that is external to the Research Lecturer’s academic department.

Specifics of the Post

The successful applicant will enter the programme with a 5 year contract and will be linked with a senior academic to provide mentorship. Funding for a PhD student will be provided that may be jointly supervised by their senior academic advisor, along with some funding for consumables (in total, four years of start-up funding). All Research Lecturers will receive considerable evaluation and feedback every year from both their academic advisor and a Research Institute evaluation committee that monitors their progress. At the end of the 3rd year, the Research Lecturer will receive a major evaluation, and those that have had outstanding performance with regard to quality publications and success in obtaining research income that will ensure independent investigator status may be made permanent. During the non-tenure phase of their contract, Research Lecturers will also have the opportunity to provide dedicated contact teaching hours in a supportive environment per semester so that they might begin to develop their teaching skills in advance of a permanent position.

Upon appointment, the Research Lecturer and their academic sponsor will devise a 5 year plan for both research and teaching at RCSI. It is generally expected that in year 1 the Research Lecturer will have protected time to establish their research programme at RCSI, with contribution to teaching within their academic department commencing in year 2, as coordinated and approved by their Head of Department. Support for a 4 year PhD studentship and research including costs (consumables and travel) is provided with the Research Lectureship, and a description of the PhD thesis project should be provided in the 5 year plan. The senior academic advisor may, where appropriate, jointly supervise the PhD student’s thesis.

The 5 year plan will address the following points:

  • The research questions and why they are significant and complement/differ from current state of the art research and competitors worldwide;
  • The research project of the PhD student;
  • Plan for winning leading grants;
  • The mechanism by which the academic advisor will assist in achieving success;
  • Plan for teaching, commencing in year 2, coordinated and approved by the relevant Head of Department.
  • Funded places available on the RCSI Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education (HPEC) for those that require it. 

The purpose of the career planning exercise is to agree longer term goals (i.e. 5 years) and will be monitored through RCSI’s annual Professional Development Planning (PDP) process.

Profile We are seeking a candidate with an exceptional track record in research, demonstrated research leadership, a higher degree in a relevant health-related discipline and must come highly recommended by their peers as a candidate of outstanding ability.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Establishing a research programme complementary to ongoing research themes aligned with TERG/AMBER and the RCSI Research Strategy;
  • Participating in the administration and delivery of current teaching programmes, teaching modalities and assessment of undergraduate students;
  • Contributing to the development and introduction of new teaching programmes, teaching modalities and modes of assessment;
  • Securing funding so as to sustain a research group of postgraduate students and other research staff, with resultant publications in journals of high quality/impact;
  • Identifying, promoting and maintaining successful collaborations with academic and industry partners;
  • Liaising with colleagues across RCSI international campuses in the facilitation of teaching and research activities;
  • Undergoing programmes of training and development as may be required;
  • Undertaking overseas assignments as may be required from time to time;
  • Performing such other related duties as may be required;
  • Representing the best interests of RCSI at all times.

Person Specification:

  • Doctoral degree e.g. PhD, MD or equivalent;
  • Internationally competitive research record, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications in journals of high quality/impact, grant support, fellowships and awards received and supervision of postgraduate students;
  • Evidence of international reputation through leadership of international societies, editorial boards  and conferences would strengthen applications;
  • Effective communication style appropriate to audience and situation;
  • Strong commitment to own personal and professional development.

Application Process: Applications should be submitted via and should include the following:

  • Current CV/resume;
  • Completion of the online application form including the contact details of a minimum of two referees.

Interview and presentation Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal panel based interview and presentation at our main campus at RCSI Dublin. Please note the closing date for applications is August 25th, 2019.

Interviews will take place in the month of September 2019

Informal Enquiries Informal enquiries are invited in the first instance through Maggie Walshe, Human Resources Department on +353 (1) 4022287 or email Further information is available from