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PL-01 Researchers –Aquasense project

PL-01 Researchers –Aquasense project

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

We are seeking 2 outstanding Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) candidates for fully-funded studentships. The studentships are both for 3 years. The successful candidates will be expected to begin the programme before April 2019.

About the Project

Two funded PhD studentships are offered as part of the H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network ‘Aquasense’ coordinated by University of Glasgow (grant agreement number 813680). The overall aim of the Aquasense project is to develop autonomous sensors for improved monitoring of water quality. The ESRs will be based at Tyndall-University College Cork and will further develop sensors based on Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) enabling technology for detection of a range of pesticides (ESR 1) and electrochemical sensors for sensing of heavy metals (ESR2). The successful applicants will join an existing team of PhD students and Post Docs and complement on-going research activities in nanosensor device integration underway within the group. Work will focus on:

  • Optimisation of fabrication of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering sensors
  • FEM simulation of mass transport at sensor interface
  • Optimisation of fabrication of electrochemical sensors
  • Development of bespoke surface functionalisation of fabricated sensors
  • Further development of sensor readout platform
  • Data analysis of collected data
  • Interaction with Aquasense partners for sensor integration

The ESRs will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and will be provided with relevant training courses in fields such as new materials, sensors fabrication, wireless communication and system integration, as well as a variety of complementary courses such as IPR, grant writing and exploiting the scientific results. Mobility within the network will ensure exposure to complementary academic and industrial research environments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform high quality research into the area of optical and electrochemical sensors.
  • Work as part of an international team with Aquasense partners. The project will entail one or two extend periods (1-2 months) of study at our partners laboratories.
  • Engage in the dissemination of the data through scientific publications, report writing and conference presentation
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities
  • 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.

Essential Criteria

  • Eligible candidates must be Early-Stage Researchers, fulfilling the Marie Skłodowska-Curie/ITN criteria:
    • not yet awarded with a PhD,
    • be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers
    • not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.
  • The successful candidate will have been awarded a first or upper second class honour’s bachelor or master degree (or equivalent) in electrical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science or a closely related field.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and will be required to develop a wide ranging skill set.
  • Experience in optics, electrochemistry, data analytics and/or instrumentation, although not essential, would be an advantage.

Salary will be in line with Marie-Curie terms and conditions.

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Dr Pierre Lovera at

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the Application form and indicate PL-01 as the Job reference.

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your CV, motivation letter and references to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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.

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.