National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

PhD Fellowship – lifETIME CDT

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

PhD Fellowship – lifETIME CDT

Organisation: The Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) is a national, SFI funded, research centre that brings together researchers from NUI Galway, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, Clinical Research Development Ireland and Athlone Institute of Technology. The prime objective for CÚRAM is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable ‘smart’ medical devices to treat major unmet medical needs using the very latest research from biomaterials, stem cells and drug delivery and the support of almost 40 industry partners, strong clinical collaborations, and hospital groups.


Programme Introduction: The lifETIME EPSRC CDT in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine is a partnership between the University of Glasgow, University of Birmingham, Aston University and National University of Ireland Galway. Within the National University of Ireland, Galway, the dynamic programme is hosted by CÚRAM Institute for Medical Devices.

The lifETIME EPSRC CDT will train future engineering and physical science (EPS) innovation leaders in interdisciplinary (engineering, chemistry, physics, maths and biology) research to develop humanized in vitro systems to accelerate therapeutic discovery in tissue engineering, sensing, and diagnostics.

Students will follow a four-year PhD model. Over the four years with the lifETIME EPSRC CDT, as well as their lab-based PhD, students will undertake a range on skills training designed to help them network with stakeholders (industry, HSE, charity, funders and regulators) in the sector and to develop the skills these stakeholders are looking for in their future leaders. The cohort-based training will forge an Irish community of talented researchers with high value skills sought by the market and who can deliver change. The students will spend time conducting research or training in partner institutions in UK. The skills training programme will also include a summer school per year to develop professional skills and to strengthen the cohort.

The position is funded under EPSRCSFI CDT program.

The candidate should have a 1st class or a 2:1 honours first degree and a Master’s in any of the following areas: biomaterials, developmental biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, tissue engineering, medicine, cell biology, biology, drug discovery or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: cell biology; molecular biology; protein / gene analysis; histology; and immunohistochemistry, biomaterial fabrication/synthesis. Candidates should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about developing new products; and have strong written, oral and interpersonal skills. The candidate should be able to work independently and as a part of team. Leadership skills are desirable for this fellowship. The candidate will be working under the joint supervision of a CÚRAM supervisor, an UK-based supervisor, and an industry supervisor.

Start Date:
The post is available with fall 2019.

To Apply:
Applicants should submit
1. a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post
2. a detailed CV
3. contact details of two referee
By email, at Closing date for receipt of applications is 17.00 on Friday 31st May 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be further evaluated for their writing ability and subsequently interviewed.

Equal Opportunities Statement:
The National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.


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PhD Fellowship – lifETIME CDT