NUIG-073-19, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Soft-Tissue Genomics, Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), National University of Ireland Galway

NUIG-073-19, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Soft-Tissue Genomics, Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), National University of Ireland 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.  This position is funded by the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund and co-funded by Neurent Medical, a Galway based medical device company. The position is available from July 2019 – June 2022.


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. 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 includes almost 40 industry partners and supports product development and the creation of new spin-out companies.


Job Description:

A position has become available through funding obtained through The Irish state’s Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund to work with Neurent Medical on a two-year postdoctoral research scientist position. The successful candidate will aid the PI in the development of electrochemical techniques for the analysis of soft tissues to aid in the development of medical device technologies being developed with our industry partner Neurent Medical.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Research Assistant will be responsible for the electrochemical analysis of tissue to provide insight into disease states and to aid in the development of novel therapeutic approaches.

In addition, the successful applicant will be required to:

  • Perform extensive in vitro and ex vivo experimentation;
  • Analyse data in an accurate and precise manner;
  • Actively participate in international conferences and meetings;
  • Publish data in high impact factor journals;
  • Closely work with post-doctoral scientists and industry partners at CÚRAM, Neurent Medical and associated institutes within and outside NUI Galway;
  • Conduct a programme of research and scholarship in soft tissue analysis under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator.
  • Define research objectives and proposals for own (or joint) research in line with research strategy whilst contributing to the research programme at CÚRAM and Neurent Medical.  This will be under general guidance of a member of the academic staff or Principal Investigator/ Project Leader.
  • Conduct individual and/or collaborative research projects in a variety of settings (laboratory, creative performance, field, clinical setting).
  • Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support as appropriate.
  • Plan, co-ordinate and implement research project (this may include managing a small research team/co-ordinating other researcher activity).
  • Keep up to date with research related methods and techniques, in particular, developments in the specific research area.
  • To have knowledge and understanding of the policy, practices and procedures, relevant to the role, this may include broader University/ sector/ external sponsor or funder (e.g. Commercial Awareness, Research Ethics, Knowledge Transfer, Patents, Intellectual Property Rights, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities & Diversity).



Ideal candidates MUST hold a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and have a proven track record in a research and development environment. Candidates must be highly motivated and passionate about developing new products. It is ESSENTIAL that applicants have experience in the below techniques:

  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Genomic analysis
  • Histological sectioning and staining
  • Immunohistochemistry


As well as the above essential skills, it is DESIRABLE that applicants have expertise in as many of the following areas as possible:

  • qPCR analysis
  • Tissue slice culture
  • In vivo analysis
  • Neural electrical recording
  • Live-cell imaging


For informal enquiries about this post please contact Dr Manus Biggs (


Salary range: € 37,223 – € 46,853


Start date: July 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.  


Further information on research at CÚRAM is available at


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 (

Please put reference number NUIG-073-19 subject line of e-mail application.



Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Wednesday 15th 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-073-19, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Soft-Tissue Genomics, Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), National University of Ireland Galway