Post-Doctoral Researcher - 2 positions at School of Chemistry University College Cork, School of Chemistry Ireland

Post-Doctoral Researcher - 2 positions


Job Posted: 02 Nov 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 04 Jan 2019

School: School of Chemistry

College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Salary: €37,221 - €44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary


Two (2) postdoctoral research positions are available in 3D printed rechargeable Li-ion battery development and implementation into medical device technology.


The Smart Autonomous Multi Modal Sensors for Vital Signs Monitoring (SmartVista) project, funded by EU Horizon 2020 for 3 years, is to develop and demonstrate a next generation, cost-effective, smart multimodal sensing platform to reduce incidences of sudden death caused by cardiovascular disease. The key innovation in SmartVista is to integrate 1D/2D nanomaterials based sensors to monitor the heart, thermoelectric energy harvesters to extract energy from the body to power the system and printable battery systems to store this energy. Together these will result in a self-powered device that will autonomously monitor the electrocardiograph, respiratory flow, oxygen flow and temperature of the patient. The SmartVista platform enables wireless, real-time, continuous patient monitoring and delivers a seamless feed of patient data and will contribute to the EU vision of an Internet of Things for healthcare. A core element of the device is a 3D printed rechargeable battery, integrated as the outer casing of the device. The position requires a Li-ion battery researcher interested in pushing the boundaries of customizable shaped batteries by new materials formulation and 3D printing/additive manufacturing technologies at UCC, together with a consortium of European partners (Sweden, Germany, Ireland, France).


Post Duration: 2 years, with a possibility to extend into the third year


Salary: €37,221-€44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)


Projet: Smart Autonomous Multi Modal Sensors for Vital Signs Monitoring (SmartVista).


Key Duties and Responsibilities


This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.


The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing. 
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.



  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
  • Experience in synthesis, processing, coating and characterization of cathode and anode electrodes and materials for Li-ion batteries, and developing battery composites
  • Proven published experience in full Li-ion cell assembly, characterization and new materials/enhanced performance capability, in addition to half-cell characterization
  • Experience in 3D printing technologies and filament processing (PLA, ABS, or PolyJet) is an advantage.
  • Skilled in writing and presenting results and project updates (project reports, manuscripts, presentations to project partners.


For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Prof. Colm O’Dwyer

Title: Professor in Chemical Energy

Email Address:

Telephone: +353 (0)21 4902732


To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Prof. Colm O’Dwyer,, +353 (0)21 4902732, on or before the closing date 4th January, 2019.


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