NUIG 188-18, Postdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM)
NUI Galway

NUIG 188-18, Postdoctoral Researcher Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) NUI Galway

NUI Galway

Galway, Ireland

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term contract research position at the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), National University of Ireland, Galway. The position will be to undertake research into the use of coccolith structures for the establishment of novel micromotor based biomedical devices.


The position is available for a 12 month period.


This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is available from February 2019.


Organisation:  The Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) is a national, SFI funded, €49.6m research centre that brings together researchers from NUI Galway, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. 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. Implants will be designed and manufactured to respond to the body’s environment and to deliver therapeutic agents, such as drugs, exactly where needed. Cutting-edge science will develop devices using the very latest research from biomaterials, stem cells and drug delivery and the support of strong clinical collaborations, industry partners and hospital groups to enable rapid translation to the clinic. The centre will include almost 40 industry partners and support product development and the creation of new spin-out companies.


Job Description:  The main duties of this post will involve the growth and harvesting of coccolithophores with unique architectures and their combination with biomaterials for the use in the design of novel micromotor-based medical device applications.



Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Growth and harvesting of coccolithophores

  • Evaluation and physicochemical characterization of coccolithophores and harvested coccoliths

  • Fabrication and physicochemical characterization of biomaterial functionalized coccoliths

  • The use of functionalized coccoliths to establish novel micromotor-based biomedical devices.

  • Physicochemical characterization will include, but will not be limited to dynamic light scattering, FTIR, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), light and laser scanning confocal microscopy, time-resolved microscopy and correlation spectroscopy

  • Developing SOP’s for the growth, harvesting of coccolithophores and coccolith functionalization

  • Ensure that work is performed in line with Health & Safety and other relevant University policies

  • Presenting of technical data, as required











Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential Criteria Required:

  • PhD in Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry or similar essential
  • Knowledge of phytoplankton, scaffold extraction and functionalization along with their use in therapeutics is essential
  • Previous experience with coccoliths and their functionalization with biomaterial is required
  • 2+ years of laboratory research experience and relevant track-record of publications is expected
  • Excellent IT Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)



Desirable Criteria Required:

  • Flexibility and ability to work in a team environment are key skills required.
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail



Salary: €39,530– €48,206 per annum.          Start date: February 2019


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.  


 For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor Abhay Pandit (

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

For information on moving to Ireland please see .


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 Ms. Tara Cosgrave (

Please put reference number NUIG 188-18in subject line of e-mail application.



Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Friday 23rd November, 2018


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NUIG 188-18, Postdoctoral Researcher Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) NUI Galway