National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)

Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Medicine, NUI Galway Ref.No. NUIG 32-20

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 Postdoctoral Researcher with the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by Enterprise Ireland and is available from 1st June 2020 to the contract end date 10th June 2021.


Job Description:


We are seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral position on “Energy storage cells and solid state batteries”. The project will involve the assembly and testing of energy storage cells based on different formulations of graphene materials. Our lab has materials preparation capabilities, including wet labs. We also have materials characterisation instruments such as SEM, XRD, XPS, potentiostats, and battery assembling tools. We are looking for highly self-motivated team players with experience in material development, battery assembly and testing. Experience with solid state batteries is a plus.

This project is based on a Commercialisation fund granted by Enterprise Ireland and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). The project has a strong product development and commercial focus and there may be the possibility of future startup opportunities.



•Lead the development of prototypes including technical specification activities, and verification testing

•Proactively identify technical solutions and risks for project deliverables

•Work with external design firms in the transfer of knowledge required for development of a proof-of-concept, minimum viable product

•Monitor IP landscape and seek new patent opportunities.


Qualifications/Skills required:


Essential Requirements:

•PhD in Chemical or Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or related field

•Strong background in material development

•Strong background in battery assembly and testing.

• Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals etc.)

•Excellent communication skills (oral, written, presentation) with an ability to enable effective knowledge and technology transfer.

•Fluency in English

•Ability to generate new ideas, unique concepts, models and solutions



Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience with solid state batteries


Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post


Salary: €37,874 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)


Start date: 1/6/2020

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


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Firas Awaja



To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV,and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr. Firas Awaja (

Please put reference number NUIG 32-20 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 15th April 2020


NUI Galway reserve the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.



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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Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Medicine, NUI Galway Ref.No. NUIG 32-20