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AOR-1 Researcher - Nanotechnology

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral research position within the Nanotechnology Group at the Tyndall National Institute – University College Cork.  We have recently developed new integrated electrochemical nanosensors employing nanowires as sensing elements and have demonstrated significantly enhanced sensitivity, when compared to the state of the art, for a range of important molecules, including chemical analytes (e.g., pesticides) and biochemicals analytes (e.g., glucose, dopamine).  These new sensors have been sufficiently developed to allow sensitive electrochemical-based label-free immunoassays at single nanowires in serum for a number of antibody and viral targets.  In this project, these sensors will be adapted, modified and applied to the detection of viruses in plant tissue. 


  • The successful application will complement on-going research activities in nanosensor device integration underway within the group by both developing and optimising multiplexed label-free antibody-antigen immunoassays on electrochemical sensors focused on plant viral pahtogens.  Assays will first be developed using traditional ELISA tye sandwich assays.  Once developed, these assays will then be transferred to gold nanowire sensors and optimised in terms of sensitivity, selectivity etc.  Work will focus on the following areas:
    • Assist in development of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy detection techniques
    • using nanowire electrode sensor devices.
    • Transfer working assays to gold nanowire-based electrochemical
    • sensors, in collaboration with existing staff, and demonstrate assay functionality using
    • electrochemical impedance techniques
    • Contribute/prepare and submit proposal applications to various funding agencies
    • Preparation and submission of publications to high impact peer review journals and
    • relevant conferences.
    • Advise Ph.D. students on their day-to-day activities within the laboratories
    • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
    • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
    • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
    • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.


  • Applicants for this position should have a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, engineering or materials science.
  • As a pre-requisite, the successful candidate must have experience and a published track record in the development of different immunoassay formats (e.g., competitive assays etc.) preferably using electrochemical techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience in electrochemical detection techniques such as electrochemical impedance are also required. 
  • The post is available for an initial 12 months period and is potentially extendable beyond this time frame subject to successful funding applications.

Informal enquiries can be made to Alan O’ Riordan at

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €36,853 - €43,828.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process. 

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.