National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

NUIG-093-19, Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher: Implantsens, ESR5: Oxygen-independent, switchable, mediated enzyme electrode for glucose detection, School of Chemistry, NUI Galway

National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher with the School of Chemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by the European Commission and is available from 1st September 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a period of 3 years.

 

NUI Galway is renowned as an expert research-led University that emphasises inter-disciplinary research programmes, and collaborations with industry partners in areas of strategic importance, both regionally and nationally. Galway city is Ireland‘s hub for the Biomedical Device industry, and NUI Galway hosts CÚRAM, the national medical device research centre http://www.curamdevices.ie/curam/.

 

ImplantSens is a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Training Network running from 2019 to 2023 dealing with research on the development of long-term stable implantable biosensors. Applications are invited for highly qualified and motivated young researchers to work full time on projects under a three-year PhD program hosted across seven European countries.

 

What is ImplantSens?

ImplantSens will develop long-term stable implantable electrochemical biosensors by overcoming mass-transport limited sensing schemes. This is the major unsolved problem due to the formation of capsules by the foreign body response upon implantation of a sensor. ImplantSens will not only contribute to the painless long-term monitoring of glucose levels for diabetic patients but also to the development of future implantable sensors for the management of other chronic diseases. 11 ESRs will be engaged in all tasks of this scientific chain, thus being trained in the fundamentals of bioelectrochemistry, enzyme engineering, electrode design as well as biocompatibility. Training of the fellows will be performed via an innovative program based on a blended learning concept and will take place at the host institutions, via secondments, workshops, schools and e-learning elements. The scientific training will be completed by training of complementary skills with respect to management, fund raising, IPR and scientific communication. The consortium consists of 7 leading scientists in Europe with the necessary expertise to target this ambitious goal supported by 4 SMEs. ÍmplantSens will improve the availability of a highly skilled workforce for European industries and research strongly needed at the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution.

 

ESR5: Oxygen-independent, switchable, mediated enzyme electrodes for glucose detection

 

The ESR5 fellow will design, synthesize and characterize inorganic redox complexes targeted for mediation of electron transfer between electrodes and redox enzymes.

Planned Secondments:

• Directsens Vienna – Enzyme production and characterization.

• Southampton University – Covalent modification of electrode surfaces.

• Neuravi/Cerenovus Galway – Biomedical device development.

 

Job Description/Duties:

The ESR will work under supervision of Prof. Dónal Leech, the Director of the Biomolecular Electronics Research Laboratory. Research in the laboratory focuses on preparation and characterization of electron-transfer catalysts and modified electrode surfaces directed to eventual application as biomolecular electrochemical devices (sensors and fuel cell electrodes). The laboratory is located in purpose-built space in the Ryan Institute of NUI Galway and the laboratory is affiliated to the School of Chemistry. The labroatory is well-equipped for synthesis and electrochemistry, with access to a wide range of electrochemical instrumentation as well as to School of Chemistry and NUI Galway equipment for characterization of redox complexes and surfaces. The group consists of 1 post-doc and 3 PhD students. The ESR will be a registered student on the School of Chemistry structured PhD, http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/research-postgraduate-programmes/structured-phd/chemistry.html/ and will be required to meet the entrance requirement for this programme. Successful applicants will not be charged PhD fees. Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

 

 

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • Master Degree (or expected degree prior to start date) in Chemistry or Biochemistry, Engineering, Physics or Biology
  • Less than 4 year’s research experience.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and good communication skills.
  • Candidates must not already have a PhD
  • Candidates must not have lived in or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the hosting country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment start date.

 

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in use of electrochemical methods
  • Ability to present research findings (as evidence by publications or presentations)

 

 

 

Salary: Remuneration is in line with EC rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN projects: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf.              

 

Start date: Position is available from 1st September 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

 

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  

 

 

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

 

For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie

 

Further information about the School of Chemistry is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/science/school-of-chemistry/

Further information about Professor Dónal Leech is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/science/school-of-chemistry/staffprofiles/donalleech/

 

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Dónal Leech at donal.leech@nuigalway.ie

 

 

NB: Gárda vetting is a requirement for this post

 

 

To Apply:

Please submit your application in PDF format to ces@rub.de indicating ESR5 as the desired position.

 

The following documents should be attached:

 

Your CV

A statement about your research interests

A copy of the certificate for your Master Degree

Your full contact details.

Your desired starting date.

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday, 31st May 2019

 

 

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

 

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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NUIG-093-19, Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher: Implantsens, ESR5: Oxygen-independent, switchable, mediated enzyme electrode for glucose detection, School of Chemistry, NUI Galway