2 x Post-Doctoral Researcher (Molecular Computing)

2 x Post-Doctoral Researcher (Molecular Computing)

Maynooth University

Maynooth, Ireland

Hamilton Institute

2 x Post-Doctoral Researcher (Molecular Computing)
(24-month contract)

Applications are invited for up to two Post-Doctoral research positions in the field of molecular computing based in the group of Professor Damien Woods at the Hamilton Institute, with a possible co-appointment in the Department of Computer Science or other departments. Funding is provided by a five-year ERC project (Active-DNA) on the topic of molecular computing.

The role involves engineering DNA-based molecular computers and nanoscale machines in the wet-lab using carefully designed and clever experiments, as well as mathematically characterising their computational power. Successful candidates will develop their research skills, will publish high-quality work, and will have the opportunity to apply for funding, supervise students and advance their academic career. We seek candidates willing to take the lead on new research directions in an exciting and foundational research topic and who are excited to define the future of the field. The post will run for 24 months.

The ideal candidates should have a PhD and a background in the theoretical computer science and/or experimental practice of DNA-based molecular computing. Candidates with a theoretical background and experience are welcome but should try to demonstrate an interest and/or understanding of chemical, biochemical, physical theory relevant for thinking about molecular processes such as self-assembly, molecular robotics and/or chemical reaction networks. Also, candidates with a background in bioengineering, synthetic biology, molecular self-assembly, physics, chemistry and other related fields will be considered, but should have an interest in applying ideas from algorithms and computer programming to the molecular setting. The ideal candidate should have a history of outstanding research publications commensurate with career stage.


Post-Doctoral Researcher (1 to 5 points): €37,223 to €41,827 per annum

Appointment will be made in accordance with the Department of Finance pay guidelines.

Application Procedure

Closing Date: 23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, 7 April 2019.

All applications must be made via our Online Recruitment Portal at the following link:

Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time will be cancelled automatically by the system.

Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer

The position is subject to the Statutes of the University

Please apply via recruiter’s website.