Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£37236.86 - £42900.69 per annum
27 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Temporary 3 year post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The Lab:

The Regenerative, Modular and Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) operates at the crossroads of engineering, chemistry, biology, medicine, entrepreneurship, humanities and social sciences, where education, research, innovation, social responsibility and clinical practice merge to improve human lives. REMODEL is a multidisciplinary and intersectoral hub that develops, derisks and commercialises transformative and disruptive end-user informed: A. Biomaterial- and cell- based therapeutic, reparative and regenerative products for healthcare. B. In vitro pathophysiology models for drug discovery. C. Cellular agriculture and aquaculture meat products for food security. D. Tools and technologies that enable effective and efficient ex vivo cell propagation for the cell culture sector.

The Project:

Cellular agriculture is an emerging technology that enables production of agricultural products, primarily meat, using cells. It has been labelled a `revolutionary technology', considering the many benefits for humans, animals, the environment and society. For the successful production of cultured meat, an orchestrated, multifactorial and complementary approach should be implemented that utilises advanced engineering and cell culture technologies.

This project will utilise recent advancements in engineering (e.g. nano- and micro- scaffold fabrication technologies) and cell culture technologies (e.g. media supplements, mechanical loading / oxygen tension bioreactors) to accelerate the development of commercially relevant cellular agriculture meat products. Extensive in vitro analysis (basic cellular function, protein synthesis, gene expression, etc.) using muscle, connective and adipose tissue derived cells will be conducted in our state of the art facilities, housed at School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research.

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:

  • Collaborating with other researchers both in UCD and externally. Outreach activities.

Salary: 41,209 - 47,477 per annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 24th of February 2023.

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: