Post-Doctoral Researcher, Electrochemical Biosensors

Dublin, Ireland
18 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Centre:  National Centre for Sensor Research
Level on Framework: Level 1
Post Duration: Fixed Term Contract (Ending 31st August 2022)

Dublin City University:

Dublin City University www.DCU.ie is a young, ambitious and vibrant University, with a mission ‘to transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement’. Known as Ireland’s ‘University of Enterprise and Transformation’, it is committed to the development of talent, and the discovery and translation of knowledge that advances society and the economy. DCU is the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2021.

The University is based on three academic campuses in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra region of north Dublin. It currently has more than 18,000 students enrolled across five faculties – Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computing and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences and DCU Institute of Education.  DCU is committed to excellence across all its activities. This is demonstrated by its world-class research initiatives, its cutting-edge approach to teaching and learning, its focus on creating a transformative student experience, and its positive social and economic impact. This exceptional commitment on the part of its staff and students has led to DCU’s ranking among the top 2% of universities globally. It also consistently features in the world’s Top 100 Young Universities (currently in QS Top 70 Under 50, Times Higher Top 150 Under 100).

DCU is placed 84th in the world, in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings – measuring higher education institutions’ contributions towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past decade, DCU has also been the leading Irish university in the area of technology transfer, as reflected by licensing of intellectual property.

National Centre for Sensor Research:

The National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) is large, multidisciplinary research unit based in state-of-the-art facilities situated on the campus of Dublin City University. We are now seeking applications for the following research position in DCU.

Research Career Framework:

As part of this role the researcher will be required to participate in the DCU Research Career Framework (http://dcu.ie/hr/ResearchersFramework/index.shtml). This framework is designed to provide significant professional development opportunities to researchers and offer the best opportunities in terms of a wider career path. 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 you can advance your career

Background & Role Profile:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (PD) with a PhD in electroanalytical chemistry with an emphasis on the detection of biomarkers of health and disease first in blood and then in minimally invasive samples especially perspiration. The PD will join a multidisciplinary research team working to create, optimise and test sensors for glucose, biomarkers of inflammation and miRNA connected with epilepsy. Experience in electrochemistry and practical application of sensors is essential. Experience in sensor assay development, screen-printed electrodes, biocompatibility and biodegradation studies are particularly sought. Experience in the design and fabrication of sampleto-answer (wearable) devices, microfluidics, electrochemiluminescence or wireless electrochemistry is an advantage. An interest/experience in commercialising research and identifying/developing market opportunities would be especially welcome.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Principal Investigators (PIs), the researcher will fulfil the duties which will include, but not be limited to:

  • Deliver a programme of research to the highest standard where relevant observing ISO or other industrially relevant standards.
  • Support the PIs on project planning to ensure all milestones and deliverables are met particularly regarding the practical demonstration of the sensor technology and enhancing its commercial value.
  • Provide weekly updates and a monthly written report on progress.
  • Compile, analyse and interpret data generated in the project on an ongoing basis.
  • Produce a full report and presentation at the end of the contract.
  • Support the team’s ongoing communication and dissemination efforts including social media and project website. 
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Carry out a landscaping exercise on patents on the topic and support the team’s protection of intellectual property efforts.

Qualifications and Experience: Essential Criteria

  • The successful candidate must have a PhD in electrochemistry/electrochemical sensor development.
  • Laboratory experience in assay development, electroanalysis, electrochemical sensing of biomarkers or related closely related area.
  • A demonstrated strong work ethic, as well as an independent and creative mind set with an aptitude for problem-solving.
  • Excellent interactive skills as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Very good organisational skills with an ability to prioritise workloads and to work successfully on their own initiative.

Desirable Criteria

The successful candidate will ideally possess the following:

  • Postdoctoral experience, graduate qualification, e.g., related to business/commercialisation of research or relevant experience in industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative team and to innovate in an organisational environment with multiple academic, clinical and industrial stakeholders.
  • An interest in commercialisation, innovation, and real-world deployment of sensors within industry or clinical settings.

Candidates will be assessed on the following competencies:

Discipline knowledge and Research skills – Demonstrates the ability to design and implement part of a programme of research (for example by using critical thinking and the application of relevant research methodologies).

Understanding the Research Environment – Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the research environment both nationally and internationally and the ability to contribute substantially to grant applications.

Communicating Research – Demonstrates the ability to communicate their research effectively to the research community and wider society (for example by publishing their research in high quality peer reviewed journals) and the ability to teach and tutor students.

Managing and Leadership skills - Successfully manages research projects including the management and supervision of postgraduates and/or junior research staff.

Essential Training:

The post holder will be required to undertake the following essential compliance training: Orientation, Health & Safety and Data Protection (GDPR). Other training may need to be undertaken when required.