08/07/2019

PhD Fellowship - ChemLife

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Trinity College Dublin School of Chemistry
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryAnalytical chemistry
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
    ChemistryOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    16/08/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Ireland › Dublin
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC

PhD Position available in the ERC Project

ChemLife - Artificial micro-vehicles with life-like behaviour

 

ERC project

The European Research Council (ERC) project ChemLife, hosted at AMBER, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, invites applications for one doctoral fellowship. The PhD fellow will be supervised by Dr. Larisa Florea (principal investigator) and will be registered for the doctoral programme within TCD’s School of Chemistry.

ChemLife will develop highly innovative, motile smart micro-vehicles with ground breaking capabilities such as chemotaxis, cargo-transport, sensing, reporting, diagnosis and repair via multidisciplinary research combining materials science, chemistry, nanotechnology and 3D fabrication technologies. The role of ChemLife is to stimulate a radical re-think and a move towards biomimetic principles as the route to delivering fundamental breakthroughs in clinical devices and environmental chem/bio-sensors, microfluidic devices and micro-robotics.

Role Description

This position will focus on the development of smart droplets and vesicle-type units. Special focus will be placed on the synthesis and incorporation of responsive units into the structure of the droplet vehicle, for the demonstration of advanced functionalities such as uptake, transport and release of relevant units (e.g. selected biomolecules, pharmaceuticals). Experimental work will include the synthesis of stimuli-responsive surfactants, responsive ionic liquids, realisation of droplet systems that resemble biological vesicles, and microfluidic fabrication.

The successful candidates will play a substantial role in the design and fabrication of the motile smart micro-vehicles at the core of ChemLife. They will join an interdisciplinary, multinational team engaging in an in-depth research program in the realm of soft materials. The successful candidates will report directly to the PI, Dr. Florea, and will liaise with the other team members, AMBER researchers, and external collaborators, as necessary. Additionally, all members of the group will have the opportunity to define and shape their own research within the overall remit of the project.

Host Institution

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Trinity is Ireland’s premier university, with a proud tradition of excellence stretching back to its foundation in 1592. The oldest university in Ireland, and one of the oldest in Europe, today Trinity sits at the intersection of the past and the future, and is ideally positioned as a major university in the European Union. Our 47-acre campus is located in the heart of Dublin city centre and is home to historic buildings dating from the University’s establishment, as well as some of the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in Ireland. Students at Trinity benefit from a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in our three faculties – Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences. The pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education, and our researchers have an outstanding publication record and strong record of grant success.

AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) is an internationally-leading research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland that provides a partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry. AMBER brings together Ireland’s leading material science researchers working across the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Bioengineering and Medicine; with an international network of collaborators and companies.

The clustering of material science research expertise, state of the art infrastructure and a team of professional support staff has enhanced Ireland’s international reputation in materials science research and driven increased investment from industry. Ireland’s International ranking in the areas of nanoscience and materials science has increased from 6th and 8th respectively in 2013 when the Centre was established to 1st and 3rd in 2017. This ranking is based on publications and citations.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should hold a minimum of an honours bachelor’s degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the project, such as Chemistry/Materials Science.

Excellent first-hand knowledge of chemical techniques and characterisation methods.

Preference is given to candidates with a knowledge of organic chemistry and physicochemical processes at the liquid-liquid interface.

Applicants must provide evidence of competence in English language by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined at the following link:

https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/requirements/international.php

Stipend

The PhD student will be paid a stipend of €18,000 per annum and receive full fees remission for a maximum duration of four years.

Application Process

Required documents: a CV; a cover letter briefly describing how your interests and expertise align with this project; an example of your written academic work such as an article, master thesis chapter, final year project or term paper.

Please send the application compiled into a single PDF file to FLOREAL@TCD.IE by 16/08/2019.

(with “PhD ChemLife” in the subject line).

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to nominate two academic referees. Interviews will be held in late August.

The successful candidate will go through the Trinity College registration process in  September 2019 and will start on 1st of October 2019.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Chemistry: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Applicants should hold a minimum of an honours bachelor’s degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the project, such as Chemistry/Materials Science.

Excellent first-hand knowledge of chemical techniques and characterisation methods.

Applicants must provide evidence of competence in English language by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined at the following link:

https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/requirements/international.php

Specific Requirements

Preference is given to candidates with a knowledge of organic chemistry and physicochemical processes at the liquid-liquid interface.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Trinity College Dublin School of Chemistry
Ireland
Dublin
Dublin 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 425218

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