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Post-doc Research Fellow Lvl 1, School Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£37,903.25 per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of a full-time fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Fiona Freeman's team in Biomedical Engineering at UCD ( and the industry sponsor Hooke Bio (

This 1-year postdoctoral fellowship will examine the efficacy of Hooke Bio's Mera platform compared to existing 3D culture systems for optimizing T-cell therapies. The project will focus on investigating two types of cancers: liver cancer (HEPG2) and osteosarcoma (SaOS2). The primary objective is to demonstrate, in real-time, the cellular interactions and therapeutic effects of T-cell therapies in treating both of these tumours. Traditionally, such dynamic assessments were challenging with other 2D and 3D culture systems.

However, Hooke Bio's Mera system offers the capability to culture, drug, and stain 3D microtissues at higher throughput than existing technologies while analysing physiological metrics relevant to drug functionality and toxicity in real-time through a fully automated integrated fluorescent microscope. This project is jointly funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre I-Form and Hooke Bio, and the position is available from August 2024 with flexibility on the start date.

Fixed Salary: €43,908 Per Annum

Closing date: 12:00 noon (local Irish time) on the 12th of June 2024.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 12:00 noon (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.

The PD1 position is intended for early stage researchers, either just after completion of a PhD or for someone entering a new area for the first time. If you have already completed your PD1 stage in UCD or will soon complete a PD1, or you are an external applicant whose total Postdoctoral experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed 4 years, you should not apply and should refer to PD2 posts instead.

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


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