Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Physics

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£37236.86 per annum
23 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Physics

This project seeks to develop and test a radically new, nanotechnology based smart glazing technology that affords the end user the ability to modulate the thermal transmission properties of glazing systems. This technology enables dynamic control of the radiation properties of glazing systems with respect to the direction of the light source (i.e., typically the sun). It is possible to block the majority of light from a particular direction (sun rays are highly parallel) while maintaining general visual transparency. The degree of energy throughput can be dynamically controlled in both directions - this glazing system will therefore be able to support programmed target temperatures for rooms adjacent to the window systems - strongly reducing heating and air condition needs.

This technology facilitates not just the reduction of the incoming radiation, but also permits sunlight to heat rooms which have yet to reach the set target temperature. This technology uses very little power - only requiring occasional brief, low voltage pulses to assist the orientation of the embedded non-isotropic molecules and is ideally placed for integration into building energy management systems (BEMs), resulting in a strong overall reduction in energy requirements for the building and hence substantial savings in terms of carbon emissions and costs. Such innovation and disruption is vital for the glazing industry if our current buildings are to meet zero-net-carbon standards, noting that energy savings are our sharpest weapon in the reduction of energy consumptions and carbon footprint.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project: 

  • Guiding the MSc students /Research Assistants on this project in their research work.

Fixed Salary 41,209 per annum

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 30th November 2022

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

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