Current Scholarship Opportunities

Open Funding Opportunities

Please see below for details of currently advertised PhD and Research Master's funding & scholarship opportunities, offered at UCD or by funding agencies. 

 

Please note that this does not represent an exhaustive list and students are advised to contact the UCD School in which they are interested in studying to ask about current funding possibilities.  You can also find helpful guidance on PhD applications in the 'Planning' phase of the UCD PhD Lifecycle

The School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin is pleased to announce an IRC-funded doctoral scholarship is available to work in an interdisciplinary team under the leadership of Dr Sarah Comyn. The award includes a stipend of €18,500 per annum (for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress), and a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum. A modest travel and conference stipend is also available. For more information about the School. You can find Dr Comyn’s research profile.

Project Description

The IRC-funded project, Imperial Minerals, will explore the impact of extractive mineral industries on the developing Anglophone literary cultures of the British settler colonies of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa from 1842-1910. The doctoral scholar will work on the labour regimes accompanying the extraction of copper, diamonds, and gold in the settler colonies, investigating the literary responses to critical labour events such as: strikes, mining accidents, migrant rushes, and racial riots and attacks.

Scholarship Description

In the first year of the program, the student will work with the Supervisor to develop their own independent doctoral thesis on the literary cultures of nineteenth-century labour regimes of mineral extraction. Over the term of the fellowship, the student will contribute to an interdisciplinary team developing a wiki-style database of the literary cultures of mineral extraction in the settler colonies. The doctoral student will join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community, with regular seminars, workshops, and symposia. The student will be expected to take a leading role in the planning and hosting of the project seminar series and symposium.

Essential Criteria

  • MA in English Literature (high MA result of 2:1- 1:1 or GPA above 3.2)
  • Evidence of a strong interest in nineteenth-century literature, settler colonial literature, and/or environmental humanities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • IELTS score of 8, if English is not your first language

Application

In order to apply, please send the following by 5pm (GMT) on 1 July 2022 to Dr Comyn (sarah.comyn@ucd.ie):

  • CV;
  • Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this field of research, a suggested PhD title and short paragraph about proposed individual research under the theme of the project, your motivation in applying for this particular scholarship, long term career goals, and any other information you think is relevant (max. 1000 words)
  • proof of English-language proficiency if English is not your first language (minimum of 8 IELTS);
  • writing sample (e.g. an essay or section of MA dissertation) (max. 5,000 words);
  • academic transcripts;
  • the names of two academic Shortlisted candidates will need to provide two letters of academic reference by the time of interview.

A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview by video conferencing in the week beginning 11 July. The selected candidate will be required to submit a formal application to UCD School of English, Drama and Film. All awards will commence in September 2022 and it is a requirement that applicants have been awarded a master’s degree before commencing the PhD studentship.

The School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin is pleased to announce a doctoral scholarship to work as part of a project team under the supervision of Associate Professor Adam Kelly. The award includes a stipend of €18,500 per annum (for a maximum of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress), and a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum. A budget for conference travel is also available. For more information about the School. You can find Dr Kelly’s research profile.

Project Description

The project, “Imaginative Literature and Social Trust, 1990-2025,” has been funded by the Irish Research Council. It will address representations of social trust in American, Irish, and Russian literature published after 1990, taking a comparative perspective and with a particular focus on the impact of digital technologies, the global economy, and institutions of literary culture. The doctoral scholar will work on the representation of social trust in contemporary Irish literature (primarily prose fiction) in this period, and will work with the Supervisor to develop an independent PhD thesis on this topic.

Scholarship Description

The doctoral student will join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community, with regular seminars, workshops, and symposia. As part of the project team, they will disseminate their research at international conferences and workshops, and co- organise two conferences at UCD.

Essential Criteria

  • MA in English Literature (high MA result of 2:1-1:1 or GPA above 3.2)
  • Evidence of a strong interest in contemporary Irish literature, primarily prose fiction
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • IELTS score of 8, if English is not your first language

Application

In order to apply, please send the following by 10 July 2022 to Dr Kelly (adam.kelly@ucd.ie):

  • CV;
  • Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this field of research, a paragraph about proposed individual research under the theme of the project, and any other information you think is relevant (max. 1000 words);
  • proof of English-language proficiency if English is not your first language (minimum of 8 IELTS);
  • writing sample (e.g. an essay or section of MA dissertation); (max. 5,000 words);
  • the names of two academic If a candidate is shortlisted, they will be asked to contact their referees to ask them to submit references by the date of interview. Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to provide academic transcripts.

A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview by video conferencing in the week beginning 18 July. The selected candidate will be required to submit a formal application to the UCD School of English, Drama and Film subsequent to the interview. All awards will commence in September 2022 and it is a requirement that applicants have been awarded a master’s degree before commencing the PhD studentship.

PhD studentship (Reference 3.3): “Intra-articular of an anti-inflammatory molecule entrapped in a solid lipid nanoparticle” A four-year Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded post via the SFI CÚRAM Centre for Medical Devices at University College Dublin (UCD).

Project Description:

Patients with arthritic knees are limited in their therapy options to orally-administered anti-inflammatory agents, which are toxic over the long term. When the disease becomes more severe, the two main options are steroid and hyaluronic acid injections into the knee. The outcomes are sub-optimal, largely because joint retention is low, hence the need for more regular painful injections. The project will examine how to make a long-acting injectable lipid nanoparticle formulation of an anti-inflammatory prodrug steroid molecule. Questions the candidate will pursue are to devise a bespoke formulation of the molecule for entrapment in a solid lipid nanoparticle, how to optimise the loading and release of the molecule from nanoparticles in simulated joint conditions, how the particle-released drug retains its anti-inflammatory effects on cultured human synoviocytes, and safety and efficacy assessment in a preclinical animal model of arthritis. The Brayden lab has experience of making nanoparticles to treat arthritis, has access to an Ignite™ solid lipid nanoparticle synthesis system from Precision Nanosystems, and is also part of the SFI CÚRAM Centre for Medical Devices with access to national expertise.

The candidate will be working under the supervision of Prof. David Brayden in the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and UCD Conway Institute. Relevant papers relating to how the Brayden lab has made other nanoparticle constructs for arthritis are at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23391443/ and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29947020/

Qualifications:

The candidate should have a 1st class or a 2:1 Honours B.Sc. and a Master’s in any of the following areas: nanomedicine, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, chemistry, tissue engineering, medicine, cell biology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical formulation or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in a selection from the following techniques: cell biology; nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation, cell culture, biomaterial fabrication/synthesis, analytical methods, animal models of arthritis. Candidates should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about developing new medicinal 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.

Funding Details: €18,500 stipend per annum for 4 years with PhD fees included.

Start Date: The post is available from October 1st , 2022.

Organisation:

Further information on research and working at UCD is available on: www.ucd.ie. UCD provides a research and professional development plan for PhD researchers, which provides credit-bearing modules to support the main research thesis. All positions at UCD are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency-based recruitment. UCD is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applicants to consult UCD’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality/. Other useful sites are: UCD Strategy 2020-2024: Rising to the Future https://strategy.ucd.ie/ , The College: http://www.ucd.ie/chas/ ; The School: https://www.ucd.ie/vetmed/. The SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM – www.curamdevices.ie) is a national, SFI funded research centre that brings together researchers from across Ireland. The prime objective for CÚRAM is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable ‘smart’ medical devices to treat major 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 and drug delivery and the support of strong clinical collaborations, industry partners and hospital groups to enable rapid translation to the clinic. To

Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Professor David Brayden david.brayden@ucd.ie. Closing date for receipt of applications is 17.00 on July 15th, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be further evaluated for their writing ability through an essay on a given topic and subsequently interviewed.

For overseas candidates, information on moving to Ireland is at: www.euraxess.ie

UCD reserves the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

PhD studentship (Reference 1.02): Design of a buccal patch for delivery of a GLP-1 peptide” A four-year Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded post via the SFI CÚRAM Centre for Medical Devices at University College Dublin (UCD).

Project Description:

Delivery of peptides via non-injected routes remains an unmet medical need. Delivery across the cheek is attractive and has some advantages over oral including avoidance of a food effect and a lower first pass effect. We have discovered a permeation enhancer that can be incorporated into a buccal patch system (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33524502/) . The candidate will be tasked with designing a patch system based on a layer-by-layer construct with an adhesive, a layer of a model peptide: a Glucagon-like-1 (GLP-1) analogue, the enhancer, and a backing layer. The patch will be made synthetically and also by 3D printing. The hypothesis to test will be to design an optimised patch that will deliver sufficient peptide quickly a nd safely across isolated porcine buccal mucosae and then to assess bioavailability in anaesthetised pigs. The multi-disciplinary project will be supported by PI researchers based at NUI Galway and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Both of the supervising Professors are part of the SFI CÚRAM Centre for Medical Devices.

The candidate will be working under the supervision of Prof. David Brayden (lead) and Eoin O’Cearbhaill in the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and UCD Conway Institute (DB) and the UCD School of Mechanical Engineering and Materials. A review relating to buccal delivery of peptides is at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28800417/

Qualifications:

The candidate should have a 1st class or a 2:1 Honours B.Sc. and a Master’s in any of the following areas: biomaterials, biomedical engineering, 3D printing, chemistry, medicine, cell biology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical formulation or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in a selection from the following techniques: cell biology, patch designs, cell culture, biomaterial fabrication/synthesis, analytical methods, animal models of drug absorption. Candidates should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about developing new medicinal 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.

Funding Details: €18,500 stipend per annum for 4 years with PhD fees included.

Start Date: The post is available from October 1st, 2022.

Organisation:

Further information on research and working at UCD is available on: www.ucd.ie. UCD provides a research and professional development plan for PhD researchers, which provides credit-bearing modules to support the main research thesis. All positions at UCD are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency-based recruitment. UCD is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applicants to consult UCD’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality/ . Other useful sites are: UCD Strategy 2020-2024: Rising to the Future https://strategy.ucd.ie/ , The College: http://www.ucd.ie/chas/. The School: https://www.ucd.ie/vetmed/. The SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM – www.curamdevices.ie ) is a national, SFI funded research centre that brings together researchers from across Ireland. The prime objective for CÚRAM is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable ‘smart’ medical devices to treat major 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 drug delivery and the support of strong clinical collaborations, industry partners and hospital groups to enable rapid translation to the clinic.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Professor David Brayden david.brayden@ucd.ie. Closing date for receipt of applications is 17.00 on July 15th, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be further evaluated for their writing ability through an essay on a given topic and subsequently interviewed.

For overseas candidates, information on moving to Ireland is at: www.euraxess.ie 

UCD reserves the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

College / Management Unit: UCD College of Arts and Humanities
School / Unit / Institute: UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy
Research Title: Doctoral Students (2)
Post Duration: Full time for four years
Research Project: ERC Project
Reports to / Principal Investigator: Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for two fully funded 4-year doctoral student positions in the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. The successful candidates will join a European Research Council (ERC) advanced project under the supervision of Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty entitled “Expanding Agency: Women, Race, and the Global Dissemination of Modern Architecture.” Its focus is the period 1920 to 1970. UCD’s School of Art History and Cultural Policy is the largest art history department in Ireland, and the successful candidates will join a thriving research community closely connected with a range of national and international museums and cultural institutions.

One aspect of “Expanded Agency” focuses on the way in which modern architecture and design were “sold” to middle class and elite female consumers, often by female journalists, through magazines focused on home décor (the shelter press) and fashion, and through the women’s pages of newspapers. Candidates are sought who are interested in examining this body of literature, whether produced in Europe, the rest of English-speaking world, or the Global South. They will analyse what it can tell us about the shaping of female taste, the work of women makers, and the careers of female journalists. The ability for each candidate to compare material from at least two countries is particularly desired. Although much of this material has been digitized, it may be necessary to undertake research visits to libraries and archives abroad.

Successful candidates will have a strong academic background, including a master degree, in art history, architecture, or a closely related discipline, such as gender studies or history. They should have experience undertaking research, including working with primary sources. They should be highly motivated and be able to write well. One position is reserved for someone with a strong reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, who will work at least in part on Latin America.

As doctoral students the successful candidates will work to ensure the effective delivery of the 5-year research project alongside two postdocs and other members of the research team, of which they will be valued members. They will attend a reading group their first three autumn semesters, attending regular team meetings across all fours years of their doctoral study, and contribute to an exhibition of project results that will travel to ten architecture schools, five in Europe and five in the global south. They will also be expected to prepare papers for presentations at national and international conferences and to begin to submit their work for peer-reviewed publication.

Non-EU applicants are welcome to apply as the full fees can be covered for one such successful applicant. In addition to covering all tuition fees, funding for these positions includes an annual stipend of 20,000 euros. Additional funds are available for a laptop, travel to conferences, research visits to libraries abroad, and to cover the cost of illustration permissions and open access fees for peer-reviewed publications.

APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT a cover letter, a C.V., names and addresses (including e-mails) of two referees, and a writing sample via e-mail to Jenny.Devine@ucd.ie BY 10 JUNE 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a committee at School level, and will be informed by the first half of July, at which time successful applicants may formally apply for admission to UCD.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The doctoral students will work closely with James-Chakraborty, the other members of the research team, and to ensure the efficient and effective overall running of the project.

Research

  • Undertake the study of the way in which between 1920 and 1970 publications targeted at women introduced female consumers to new ideas about architecture and design.
  • Undertake fieldwork in relevant libraries and archives abroad.
  • Present research findings at scholarly conferences.
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed venues.
  • Participate in team reading group and in team meetings.
  • Assist in planning exhibition of team findings.

Selection Criteria:

Mandatory:

  • A masters degree in the history of art, in architecture, or in another discipline closely related to the project, such as gender studies or history.
  • Experience of research using primary sources and familiarity with major databases such as JSTOR.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a team-orientated approach.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues, the UCD library system, and its counterparts abroad.
  • High level ability to read Spanish or Portuguese sources [One position only]
  • Candidates must demonstrate an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

Desirable:

  • Experience using newspapers or historic periodicals as primary sources.
  • Demonstrated engagement with feminist scholarship or activism, whether as a student or in a personal or professional capacity.
  • Familiarity with the art and culture of at least one Latin American country.

 

Background

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship in the area of sensory feedback for upper limb prosthetics with the Neuromuscular Systems Research Laboratory at University College Dublin (https://www.ucd.ie/neuro/). The PhD project is part of a SFI-IRC Pathway programme, and will be supervised by Dr Sigrid Dupan. The project studies the roles of sensory feedback at distinct stages of prosthetic use, from initial motor learning to home use of feedback devices. The project aims to lower prosthesis acceptance barriers, enhance prosthetic function, and will outline a data-driven approach to personalisation of sensory feedback. The PhD candidate will develop a computational model of the impact of sensory feedback on prosthetic skill. To achieve this, they will actively engage with project stakeholders, and collect closed loop myoelectric control data. The project will start in September 2022.

Who should apply

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical/Electronic/Computer/Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or Informatics (or a related discipline). Suitable candidates will have a strong interest in biomedical/neural engineering and neuroscience, and will have excellent analytical and communication skills. Experience in computational neuroscience, biomedical signal analysis, or machine learning are an advantage. 

Funding

The PhD studentship covers tuition fees for EU applicants and a tax free stipend of €18,500 per year. An annual allowance is provided for research consumables and conference attendance and for a 3-month research visit in year 3.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter (1 page max), CV, and academic transcript to Dr Sigrid Dupan (current email: sigriddupan@gmail.com) or Professor Madeleine Lowery (madeleine.lowery@ucd.ie) by June 30, 2022.

Background

Biosecurity is currently a ‘hot topic’ with the roll out of the DAFM National Farmed Animal Biosecurity Strategy. Currently there is a significant knowledge gap regarding the biosecurity of Irish dairy farms and the efficacy of any measures that might be taken to improve farm biosecurity. The aims of this project are to assess biosecurity status and investigate the impact of targeted interventions to improve biosecurity.

A nationally representative sample of dairy farmers will be used to benchmark the current biosecurity standards across Irish dairy farms. Secondly, using national databases, we will select three groups: 1) no assessment/no intervention, 2) biosecurity assessment and 3) biosecurity assessment and intervention. Assessment will involve annual administration of Irish and international (Biocheck) biosecurity surveys. Intervention will involve on-farm delivery of consensual, prioritised recommendations to farmers annually. The herd health/production and economic outcomes of all three groups will be monitored over three years. Ultimately the objective is to determine whether adoption of biosecurity measures following a biosecurity audit impacts herd biosecurity/health/ production and profit.

The successful PhD candidate will work in an international team involving male and female researchers from Teagasc, UCD, Animal Health Ireland, DAFM, ICBF, University of Ghent, and NUI Galway. This team will support the student to develop their existing skills and to learn new research skills with the ultimate aim of writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers and finally their PhD. The student will also have the opportunity to attend and present their research findings at national and international conferences. During their time in this project the student will build up their own professional network, skills and publication record which they will take forward into their future career.

Requirements

Candidates should have a first or upper second-class honours degree or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (Veterinary Science, Animal or Agricultural Science or similar). Candidates with a veterinary degree or further relevant qualifications, in particular the ECBHM Diploma, will have a significant advantage. The candidate must be proficient in both written and spoken English. A full EU (B) driving licence is required. For applicants whose first language is not English, requirements outlined here.

Award

The PhD Scholarship is a joint research project between Teagasc, Moorepark and University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin. The student will be based at the Teagasc Research Centre, Fermoy, Ireland and will be registered at UCD (Dublin Campus) working under the supervision of Dr. John Mee (Teagasc) and Dr. Conor McAloon (UCD). The Scholarship will start on the 2nd September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The scholarship funding is €24,000 per annum for four years and includes University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum.

Further Information

For informal enquires and further information regarding the position, please contact: Dr. John Mee, Principal Veterinary Research Scientist, Teagasc. Email: john.mee@teagasc.ie

Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of your current Curriculum Vitae and a brief letter of interest detailing your motivation, qualifications and experience simultaneously to: Dr. John Mee  (john.mee@teagasc.ie) and Dr. Conor McAloon (conor.mcaloon@ucd.ie).

Closing Date: 5.00pm, 1st July 2022.

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Background

The transition period is a key determinant of lactation performance, health and welfare in dairy cows. The particularities of the Irish dairy production system (compact spring-calving) highlight the importance of directing efforts to guarantee a smooth transition from late-pregnancy into lactation. Optimising management during this period will prevent and minimise undesired health, production and reproduction impacts, maximise the economic return for Irish farmers from their cows, whilst also maintaining high animal welfare standards. However, there is lack of current data on transition cow health and management in Irish dairy herds. It is therefore possible that the transition period holds large potential for Irish dairy production advance towards improved sustainability. In this project, a comprehensive and integrated national level description of transition cow health and management will be pursued. Using survey tools and targeted blood analytes determinations, transition cows’ nutrition, health, management and antimicrobial use will be described in a large representative sample of national herds. Further, epidemiological data analyses will allow for 1) the identification of management and cow-level risk factors for suboptimal transition health, and 2) the quantification of suboptimal transition health impact on Irish dairy cows performance.

The successful PhD candidate will work as part of a collaborative team, which includes academic and policy experts in the field of animal health and management. The student will have the opportunity to develop his/her skills in a broad range of areas, including animal health and management assessment, data management and analysis, writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers, and networking with experts in the field. The student will also have the opportunity to attend and present research findings at (inter)national conferences. This position will allow the candidate the opportunity to work at Ireland’s leading agricultural research organisation, attain a PhD from a well-recognised Irish University, to gain a skillset and qualification that will equip them for a wide variety of future careers, and to significantly contribute to the improvement of transition dairy cow health and management in Ireland.

Requirements

Candidates should have a first or upper second-class honours degree or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (Veterinary Science, Agricultural Science or similar). Candidates with veterinary experience will have a significant advantage. The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and be prepared for intensive periods of field work with animals in different locations. The candidate must be proficient in both written and spoken English. A full EU (B) driving licence is required. For applicants whose first language is not English, requirements outlined here.

Award

The PhD Scholarship is a joint research project between Teagasc, Moorepark and University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin. The student will be based at the Teagasc Research Centre, Fermoy, Ireland and will be registered at UCD(Dublin Campus) working under the supervision of Dr. Ainhoa Valldecabres (Teagasc) and Dr. Conor McAloon (UCD). The scholarship will start on the 1stSeptember2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The scholarship funding is€24,000 per annum and includes University fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum and is tenable for four years.

Further Information/Applications

For informal enquires and further information regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Ainhoa Valldecabres, Veterinary Herd Health Research Officer, Teagasc.
email: Ainhoa.Valldecabres@teagasc.ie

Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of your current Curriculum Vitae and a brief letter of interest detailing your motivation, qualifications and experience simultaneously to:
Dr. Ainhoa Valldecabres (Ainhoa.Valldecabres@teagasc.ie) and Dr. Conor McAloon (conor.mcaloon@ucd.ie).

Closing Date

12.00pm, 24th June 2022. Interviews for selected candidates will take place during the 2nd week July 2022.

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Description:

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fully funded (fees and stipend), full-time PhD position at the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. University College Dublin is ranked within the top 1 % of higher education institutions world-wide. The project aims to develop advanced therapy medicinal products for tendon engineering purposes. The three-dimensional constructs will be developed using state-of-the-art biofabrication technologies (e.g. bioprinting, electrospinning) and an appropriate cell population (e.g. permanently differentiated, stem cells). The produced tissue engineered medicines will be characterised using an array of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical and biological methods. Preclinical analysis of the produced tissue-like moduli will also be conducted.

Funding Agency:

The project is funded from the European Research Council, Consolidator Grant.

Qualifications / Expertise:

The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in biomaterials, biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, cell biology, biology, biochemistry, or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: scaffold fabrication and characterisation; cell (permanently differentiated and stem cells) culture; molecular biology; protein and gene analysis; preclinical analysis; histology; and immunohistochemistry. The candidate 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.

Duties:

The successful candidate will be involved in: Scaffold fabrication and characterisation; Cell acquisition from human tissues; In vitro biophysical, biomechanical, biochemical, biological characterisation of the produced scaffolds; Preclinical evaluation of the produced advanced therapy medicinal products; Conference and Meeting attendance and participation; Report and paper writing; Participation to training courses; Undergraduate teaching and/or laboratory demonstrations; Travel to project partners’ institutes; Other duties relevant to the post.

Start Date:

September 2022 or soon after that.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, transcripts and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Prof. Dimitrios Zeugolis (dimitrios.zevgolis@ucd.ie). Closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 on Friday, 29th of July 2022.

Description:

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fully funded (fees and stipend), full-time PhD position at the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. University College Dublin is ranked within the top 1 % of higher education institutions world-wide. The project aims to develop advanced therapy medicinal products for wound healing purposes. The three-dimensional constructs will be developed using state-of-the-art biofabrication technologies (e.g. bioprinting, electrospinning) and an appropriate cell population (e.g. permanently differentiated, stem cells). The produced tissue engineered medicines will be characterised using an array of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical and biological methods. Preclinical analysis of the produced tissue-like moduli will also be conducted.

Funding Agency:

The project is funded from the European Research Council, Consolidator Grant.

Qualifications / Expertise:

The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in biomaterials, biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, cell biology, biology, biochemistry, or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: scaffold fabrication and characterisation; cell (permanently differentiated and stem cells) culture; molecular biology; protein and gene analysis; preclinical analysis; histology; and immunohistochemistry. The candidate 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.

Duties:

The successful candidate will be involved in: Scaffold fabrication and characterisation; Cell acquisition from human tissues; In vitro biophysical, biomechanical, biochemical, biological characterisation of the produced scaffolds; Preclinical evaluation of the produced advanced therapy medicinal products; Conference and Meeting attendance and participation; Report and paper writing; Participation to training courses; Undergraduate teaching and/or laboratory demonstrations; Travel to project partners’ institutes; Other duties relevant to the post.

Start Date:

September 2022 or soon after that.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, transcripts and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Prof. Dimitrios Zeugolis (dimitrios.zevgolis@ucd.ie). Closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 on Friday, 29th of July 2022.

Description:

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fully funded (fees and stipend), full-time PhD position at the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. University College Dublin is ranked within the top 1 % of higher education institutions world-wide. The project aims to develop in vitro drug discovery skin models using appropriate human cells (e.g. diabetic, fibrosis). State-of-the-art biofabrication (e.g. bioprinting, electrospinning, decellularisation) and cell culture (e.g. bioreactors, hypoxia chambers) technologies will be utilised. The produced three-dimensional models will be characterised using an array of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical and biological methods. Various drugs will be screened to assess the efficiency of the model.

Funding Agency:

The project is funded from the European Research Council, Consolidator Grant.

Qualifications / Expertise:

The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, cell biology, biology, connective tissue biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: scaffold fabrication and characterisation; cell culture; molecular biology; protein and gene analysis; immunohistochemistry; and histology. The candidate 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.

Duties:

The successful candidate will be involved in: Scaffold fabrication and characterisation, including cell derived matrices development; Cell acquisition from human tissues; In vitro biophysical, biomechanical, biochemical, biological characterisation of the produced in vitro models; Drug screening; Conference and Meeting attendance and participation; Report and paper writing; Participation to training courses; Undergraduate teaching and/or laboratory demonstrations; Travel to project partners’ institutes; Other duties relevant to the post.

Start Date:

September 2022 or soon after that.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, transcripts and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Prof. Dimitrios Zeugolis (dimitrios.zevgolis@ucd.ie). Closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 on Friday, 29th of July 2022.

Description:

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fully funded (fees and stipend), full-time PhD position at the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. University College Dublin is ranked within the top 1 % of higher education institutions world-wide. The project aims to develop in vitro drug discovery tumour models using appropriate human cells (e.g. breast cancer). State-of-the-art biofabrication (e.g. bioprinting, electrospinning, decellularisation) and cell culture (e.g. bioreactors, hypoxia chambers) technologies will be utilised. The produced three-dimensional models will be characterised using an array of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical and biological methods. Various anticancer compounds will be screened to assess the efficiency of the model and to obtain new fundamental knowledge about the mechanisms of carcinogenesis.

Funding Agency:

The project is funded from the European Research Council, Consolidator Grant.

Qualifications / Expertise:

The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, cell biology, biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: scaffold fabrication and characterisation; cell culture; molecular biology; protein and gene analysis; immunohistochemistry; and histology. The candidate 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.

Duties:

The successful candidate will be involved in: Scaffold fabrication and characterisation, including cell derived matrices development; Cell acquisition from human tissues; In vitro biophysical, biomechanical, biochemical, biological characterisation of the produced in vitro models; Anti-tumour drug screening; Conference and Meeting attendance and participation; Report and paper writing; Participation to training courses; Undergraduate teaching and/or laboratory demonstrations; Travel to project partners’ institutes; Other duties relevant to the post.

Start Date:

September 2022 or soon after that.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, transcripts and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Prof. Dimitrios Zeugolis (dimitrios.zevgolis@ucd.ie). Closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 on Friday, 29th of July 2022.

Description:

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fully funded (fees and stipend), full-time PhD position at the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. University College Dublin is ranked within the top 1 % of higher education institutions world-wide. The project aims to develop in vitro meat products using appropriate farm animal cells (e.g. permanently differentiated and stem cells). State-of-the-art biofabrication (e.g. bioprinting, electrospinning) and cell culture (e.g. bioreactors, hypoxia chambers) technologies will be utilised. The produced cellular agriculture meat products will be characterised using an array of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical and biological methods.

Funding Agency:

The project is funded from the European Research Council, Consolidator Grant.

Qualifications / Expertise:

The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, cell biology, biology, connective tissue biology, biochemistry, food science and technology, or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: scaffold fabrication and characterisation; cell (permanently differentiated and stem cells) culture; molecular biology; protein and gene analysis; immunohistochemistry; and histology. The candidate 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.

Duties:

The successful candidate will be involved in: Scaffold fabrication and characterisation; Cell acquisition from animal tissues; In vitro biophysical, biomechanical, biochemical, biological characterisation of the produced cellular agriculture meat products; Conference and Meeting attendance and participation; Report and paper writing; Participation to training courses; Undergraduate teaching and/or laboratory demonstrations; Travel to project partners’ institutes; Other duties relevant to the post.

Start Date:

September 2022 or soon after that.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, transcripts and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Prof. Dimitrios Zeugolis (dimitrios.zevgolis@ucd.ie). Closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 on Friday, 29th of July 2022.

Duration: 4 years

Research Project: NexSys Programme

Stipend: €18,500 per annum plus PhD registration fees and travel and computer budget

How to apply: Email a one page cover letter outlining your suitability for the post and a concise CV to paula.carroll@ucd by 30th June 2022.

Position Summary

The decarbonisation of the Energy System will play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate the impacts of Climate Change. The technical and societal challenges inherent in decarbonisation are set to be enduring challenges of the mid-21st century and ones that will require a whole of society approach, encompassing academia, industry, government, and citizens.

NexSys is a newly established All Island of Ireland Science Foundation of Ireland Strategic Partnership Programme focussed upon the transition to a net zero carbon energy system. It is a unique partnership bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, industry, and policy makers to tackle fundamental research questions to be addressed as part of the transition to net Zero. Hosted by UCD Energy Institute, NexSys brings together academics from nine institutions across the Island of Ireland (UCD, TCD, DCU, ESRI, Maynooth University, UCC, NUI Galway, Ulster University and the Queen's University of Belfast) to work together to meet the unprecedented scale and complexity of the challenges associated with the energy transition.

Transport is a key challenge in the clean energy transition. There is a need to design business models and support systems for flexible, clean, secure transport and mobility services. Improved decision support and better design options for green transport and mobility will lead to reduced pollution and contribute to transport electrification targets. We aim to support a green fleet on the street through the optimisation, integration and deployment of low emissions transport and mobility solutions for local short trips and last mile logistics. We are recruiting two PhD students to address problems that arise in last mile logistics and local short trips.

PhD1 will be supervised by Assoc Prof Paula Carroll at the UCD School of Business and Dr Fabiano Pallonetto at the School of Business, Maynooth University. PhD1 will 1) define green transport and shared mobility business models, and 2) create appropriate optimisation algorithms and decision support solutions. This PhD project aims to demonstrate innovative optimisation algorithms and technologies to achieve net Zero in the transport sector through a green fleet with shared mobility options. The research will deliver and evaluate optimisation models using approaches such as Mixed Integer linear Programming, Metaheuristics and/or statistical or machine learning. The PhD will analysis the integration of electrified shared mobility and last mile operations as a transport system service. The PhD will produce a report assessing the energy requirements and environmental impact of the recommended solutions.

PhD2 will be supervised by Assoc Prof Paula Carroll at the UCD School of Business and Assoc Prof Damian Flynn. PhD2 will focus on Optimisation algorithms for last mile and shared mobility on the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network. PhD2 will consider a public charging network design, and explore what business models, algorithms and decision support systems are needed to optimise grid operations and last mile and shared mobility transport systems and services. The PhD will create EV last mile and shared mobility options using mixed integer linear programming and other algorithmic approaches.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.  Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

Mandatory:

  • MSc or BSc (2.1 grade or higher) in Applied Mathematics, Business Analytics, Computer or Data Science, Engineering, Operational Research, or similar,
  • Experience of optimisation and data analytics,
  • Experience of report writing,
  • Excellent English communication skills,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills,
  • Willingness to work as part of a team of researchers at UCD.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of optimisation and data analysis tools XpressMP, R, Python, etc.
  • Knowledge of the transport and energy sectors, and/or power systems and electricity markets,
  • Experience of implementing a research project,
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills,
  • Awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

 

 

Position Summary

The decarbonisation of the Energy System will play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate the impacts of Climate Change. The technical and societal challenges inherent in decarbonisation are set to be enduring challenges of the mid-21st century and ones that will require a whole of society approach, encompassing academia, industry, government, and citizens.

Next Generation Energy Systems (NexSys) is a newly established All Island SFI Strategic Partnership Programme focussed upon the transition to a net zero carbon energy system in Ireland. It is a unique partnership bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, industry, and policy makers to tackle fundamental research questions to be addressed as part of the transition to net Zero. Hosted by UCD Energy Institute, NexSys brings together academics from nine institutions across the Island of Ireland (UCD, TCD, DCU, ESRI, Maynooth University, UCC, NUI Galway, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast) to work together to meet the unprecedented scale and complexity of the challenges associated with the energy transition.

We are looking for 2 PhD students to work for 4 years on a fully funded NexSys project in the Work Package “Travel behaviour shift for short & first and last mile trips” on Travel Behaviour (1) and Transport Policy Acceptance (2)

Aims: The Work Package will test the effectiveness and acceptability of behavioural interventions that target car users’ motivations to use low-to-zero emission modes specifically for short distance trips and/or change contextual determinants of travel mode choices to nudge sustainable travel. The potential impact of these behaviour change interventions will later be calculated using macroscopic transport models.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

PhD (1) with a focus on travel behaviour change

Tasks: The PhD student will be involved in several collaborative activities, including: literature reviews; the design and execution of a field experiment (RCT) trialling a low-emissions strategies (e.g., nudges) to achieve changed travel behaviour related to short distance trips (<5km); the design and analysis of travel diaries collected in the field experiment; interactions with UCD research groups and the larger NexSys team.

Essential skills & experience:

  • Candidates must satisfy the entry requirements for the PhD degree at UCD which includes the UCD Minimum Language Requirements and possibly visa requirements.
  • A background in behavioural/ transport economics, behavioural public policy, psychology, environmental policy, or cognate areas.
  • An MSc degree in a relevant area with at least an IE 2:1 honours degree (or its international equivalent).
  • Ability to work independently and goal-oriented.
  • Strong team player that will add value to an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrable motivation to conduct policy-relevant research.
  • Willingness to travel and disseminate research results.

Preferred skills & experience:

  • An interdisciplinary background in multiple relevant disciplines (behavioural economics, behavioural public policy, psychology, environmental policy, or cognate areas).
  • Relevant experience of social science research on transport.
  • Training in statistics and/or econometrics.
  • Experience in using statistical programs used in the social and behavioural sciences (e.g., SPSS, Stata, or R)
  • Experience in conducting field or lab experiments.
  • Strong organisational, writing, presentation and other communication skills.

Supervision by Dr Páraic Carroll (paraic.carroll@ucd.ie) and Dr Leonhard Lades (leonhard.lades@ucd.ie). If you have questions, please get in touch with these researchers.

PhD (2) with a focus on transport policy acceptance

Tasks: The PhD student will be involved in several collaborative activities, including: literature reviews; the design and execution of survey research on public acceptability (or resistance) of transport policy interventions; interactions within the project, the larger Nexsys team and relevant UCD research groups.

Essential skills & experience:

  • Candidates must satisfy the entry requirements for the PhD degree at UCD which includes the UCD Minimum Language Requirements and possibly visa requirements.
  • A background in a relevant area, such as psychology, marketing, behavioural economics, environmental policy.
  • An MSc degree in a relevant area with at least an IE 2:1 honours degree (or its international equivalent).
  • Ability to work independently and goal-oriented.
  • Strong team player that will add value to an interdisciplinary team.
  • Strong conceptual skills that are applicable to policy-relevant research.
  • Willingness to travel and disseminate research results.
  • Motivation to work in a multidisciplinary research group.

Preferred skills & experience:

  • Experience in quantitative research methods.
  • Experience in using statistical software programs (e.g., SPSS, Stata, or R).
  • Experience in survey design and/ or field or lab experiments.
  • Relevant research experience.
  • Strong organisational, writing, presentation and other communication skills.

Supervision by Dr Geertje Schuitema and Dr Leonhard Lades. If you have questions, please email geertje.schuitema@ucd.ie.

Closing date: Applications should be received no later than 31 May 2022, 5pm (Standard Irish Time).

Application: Apply by sending an email to the relevant supervisors. For PhD 1 email paraic.carroll@ucd.ie and use “PhD 1 with a focus on travel behaviour change” as the subject of the email. For PhD 2, (email geertje.schuitema@ucd.ie) and use “PhD 2 with a focus on transport policy acceptance” as the subject of the email. Include one PDF with the following documents (in English):

  • A cover letter explaining why you are applying for the position and what qualifies you for it;
  • A current CV;
  • Maximum three examples of work demonstrating prior achievement in research, enquiry or debate (e.g., a published paper or other work; software, standards or policy contribution; dissertation or master’s thesis);
  • Details of a maximum of 2 referees (names, contact details) who can provide information about the candidate’s qualifications;
  • Where relevant, proof of English proficiency (6.5 IELTS minimum);
  • Diploma and Transcripts of records (e.g. BSocSc/BA and MSocSc/MA).

After an initial screening, shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an online or in-person meeting.

Starting date: September 2022.

Funding: The PhD positions include PhD tuition fees and a tax-free yearly stipend (€18,500 per annum) for a period of 4 years. There is also funding for travel to an annual conference and for a PC/laptop.

Team: The project team includes Páraic Carroll (UCD), Geertje Schuitema (UCD), Muireann Lynch (ESRI), and Leonhard Lades (UCD). The project is supported by several partners such as the National Transport Authority, Smart Dublin, Smart Sandyford, Zipp Mobility, and Bolt.

Background: In Ireland, private cars are the biggest contributor to transport emissions as they account for 40% of all transport emissions. An area with significant potential for emissions reduction in the car sector is to target short car trips. This project aims to study how psychological strategies identified in social and cognitive psychology as well as behavioural economics can be used to encourage car users to replace their short car trips by other modes of transportation, via collecting travel diaries of daily travel activities. The underlying assumption is that when people change their perceptions and beliefs, they adapt their behaviour accordingly. This is often done by changing the choice architecture and/or using timely interventions to disrupt the decision-making process. For such measures to be effective in the long term, they need to break travel habits and facilitate the internalisation of new habits. In order to support the just transition model, public acceptance and/or resistance of such interventions will need to be considered to determine social feasibility.

Deadline: Until the right candidate is found

Expected start-date: September 2022

PhD Title: Data-Driven models of Wind Farms 

Overview

Operations and Maintenance (O&M) aspects of wind farms are becoming increasingly important. On the other hand there exists extensive data and algorithms to analyse them. The demand for good O&M, including digital twinning aspects can only be impactful when they are implemented in a robut manner and for realistic conditions.

Several algorithms and methods often do not work well in realistic conditions due to the complex processes and physics that govern the responses of these farms – and not all are measured, or equally available.

Under such circumstances, it is important to develop robust, physics-driven models of these farms considering varied levels of available data and existing understanding of how they operate.

This project looks precisely into this aspects by considering physics-driven models which link dynamic responses (mechanical responses and the variability of power over different timestamps) with appropriate models, considering varied data quality, stochasticity and other difficult challenges which current stops our models from achieving what they can. Another aspect is that of the clarity and robustness of these models. Often, the models are not robust, in the sense that their performance levels are not well calibrated or are achievable over only certain combinations of input, rendering their usability to be limited. It is important to develop methods that are more stable, reproducible and available for varied circumstances, even if this means that their accuracy is slightly worse than a method that is too specific.

This project will look into some of these aspects and create benchmark results, which can be used by others in future. We also expect this benchmark to be a go-to for many questions. We intend to engage with the activities of International Energy Agency Wind tasks in this project as well.

Scientifically, a lot of effort will go into understanding how we can move from Data to Dynamics.

The position

We are looking for one candidate with a passion for linking fundamental physics and computation. Understanding of good statistics, uncertainty and stochasticity is a big plus. Knowledge of machine learning is fine but we are focusing more on those with fundamental knowledge in computing and physics (including dynamics). A demonstrated work on simulation and modelling would be excellent for this project. Fluency in basic coding will be expected. Overall, the successful applicant should have a good grasp over dynamical systems and data, in that order.

The successful candidate is expected to have a first (or upper second) class degree in engineering, science, mathematics, applied mechanics, physics, statistics or a relevant field. The project is funded for 3 years. The base annual stipend is €18,500, with the option to earn a bit more per annum via teaching assistance and exam invigilation. PhD fees of the candidate will be paid for as well. The advertised PhD position will be based in the vibrant UCD Centre for Mechanics, in Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory and in collaboration with UCD Energy Institute and SFI MaREI centre. The successful candidate will be part of a larger and focused group which are investigating various aspects of Wind Energy. The project is named TwinFarm and is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

The location

Ireland’s largest university, University College Dublin (www.ucd.ie), is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. The university is located on a 330-acre parkland campus in the south Dublin suburbs (with three lakes!). Dublin itself is a lively European capital renowned for its nightlife and bustling technology industry.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the online form at this link.

Applications will be monitored daily and candidates will be notified via email if they have successfully obtained an interview (e.g. by video-call), or if they have not been deemed suitable for the position. The applicants can start in September 2022 and the project wil wait for particularly passionate well-suited candidates. Informal enquiries should be directed to vikram.pakrashi@ucd.ie. The PhD will be primarily supervised by Vikram Pakrashi (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tcHb7y8AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao). APPLICATIONS VIA EMAIL OR SOCIAL MEDIA WILL BE IGNORED.

Role title: PhD on palaeoproteomics/ lipid analysis in archaeology

School / Department: School of Archaeology

Location: School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland

Award Level & Field: PhD

Position Type: Fulltime, 3 years

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Power

Start Date: September 2022

Project Title: The Evolution of Dietary Diversity and the Transition to Agriculture in Europe

Research Field / subcategories: Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Prehistory

General enquiries: supervisor: robert.power@ucd.ie

Applications are invited from enthusiastic candidates for a 36-month, fully funded (fees and stipend) Doctoral (PhD) Scholarship position as a part of ‘The Evolution of Dietary Diversity and the Transition to Agriculture in Europe project’.

The Evolution of Dietary Diversity and the Transition to Agriculture in Europe project:

The Evolution of Dietary Diversity and the Transition to Agriculture in Europe is a four-year project funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council (SFI/IRC Pathway scheme). Through micro-botanical analysis, palaeoproteomics, organic residue analysis, modelling and related scientific approaches, the project aims to detect hitherto ‘hidden’ foods and understand how climate fluctuations, soil degradation and changing settlement practices impacted foodways in Neolithic Europe. The project seeks to use insights on diet to understand the spread of agriculture globally and to re-evaluate the sustainability of Neolithic life within anthropogenically transformed landscapes. The project is led by Dr. Robert Power, and the PhD student will undertake a specified programme of research to support the project. Further information about the project can be viewed here.

The successful applicant will undertake an integrated analysis of ancient proteins and lipids from human dental calculus to reconstruct ancient diets at selected Irish archaeological sites. The successful applicant will work directly with the project’s PI (Dr. Robert Power), who will be their lead supervisor. The successful applicant will also work with co-supervisors at the University of Turin (Assoc. Prof. Beatrice Demarchi), (Dr. Cynthianne Spiteri) and UCD (Assoc. Prof. Meriel McClatchie). The position is available from September 2022.

PhD role description:

The successful candidate will:

  • Receive training in palaeoproteomics and organic residue methods.
  • Conduct analysis in palaeoproteomics and organic residue methods.
  • Interpret such data towards a reconstruction of ancient diets.
  • Complete 30 ECTS taught credits in the UCD PhD programme.
  • Engage in the dissemination of results through publication with the support of and under the supervision of the project PI.
  • Travel to training, meetings and conferences associated with the project as required.

Skills / Qualifications / Aptitudes:

Mandatory

  • MSc degree (2H1 or 1H) or equivalent.
  • Background in one or more of the following areas or cognate areas: archaeology, archaeological science, anthropology, mathematics, statistics.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills.
  • Ability to write well in English.

Desirable

  • Experience in proteomics and/or organic chemistry in archaeology (encouraged but not required).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Neolithic and later prehistory of Europe.
  • Demonstrated experience of independent research in a team environment.
  • Experience in archaeological fieldwork

Equality Diversity and Inclusion:

UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies. We encourage applicants to consult those policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality. We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

Funding:

The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum period of 3 years. Funding will cover the following elements:

  • A stipend of €18,500 per annum
  • Tuition fees
  • Travel budget

To apply:

Please email the following to – robert.power@ucd.ie with ‘job’ as subject line

  • Cover letter which explains your interest and how you will approach the PhD research project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample (for example, an academic essay/article or section of Masters dissertation)
  • Contact details of 2 referees

The closing date for receipt of applications is 13th May 2022.

Physiology integrates an understanding of molecular, cellular, organ system, and whole body functions and how they are influenced by the external environment. Physiologists will always be at the forefront of medical research.

The research focus in Physiology at UCD currently involves but is not limited to:

  • Human Cells and Tissues (Cellular Physiology)
  • Endocrine Physiology
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Physiology of O2 and CO2 Sensing
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology
  • Renal Physiology

This one year (or possible extension for the duration of research degree) full-time scholarship programme offers an €18,000 tax free stipend along with payment of 100% of EU student fees covered. Successful candidates will undertake a graduate taught or research degree programme and gain experience teaching in small groups along with adding to their research portfolio. Strong academic skills and competency in Physiology are desirable as part of the selection criteria, along with proficient communication skills.

Selection criteria:

  • Good working knowledge of Biology/Physiology
  • BSc (2.1 or higher desirable)
  • Proven communication skills

In order to apply please fill out this Google Form.

APPLICATIONS for September 2022/23

Lisa Bruton, Course Administrator

E: physiology@ucd.ie

T: +353 1 716 6633

More information on this course: www.ucd.ie/medicine

Closing Date: Friday, 27th May 2022 (5pm)

 

While many may see Anatomy as being a largely discovered field there is still much we can learn from the human form. We invite applications from suitably qualified individuals for up to 3 full-time funded positions combining the pursuit of a higher research degree in Medicine, with active involvement in the delivery of high-quality teaching of human anatomy. Successful candidates will undertake cutting edge research whilst gaining skills and experience teaching functional and clinical anatomy to medical and allied health students. Strong academic skills and competency in Anatomy are desirable as part of the selection criteria, along with proficient communication skills. Prior clinical training is desirable but not mandatory.
Higher degree research projects involving a variety of approaches can be selected across several topics, reflecting current research expertise in the Subject of Human Anatomy at UCD.
These include:

  • Mechanosensation in the heart (Prof James Jones)
  • Regenerative medicine for spinal cord injury (Dr Dearbhaile Dooley)
  • Novel therapeutics in diabetic kidney disease (Dr Neil Docherty)
  • 3D printing in Anatomy, Medicine and Surgery (Prof James Jones)

Candidates interested in pursuing an anatomical education research-based project may also apply if they wish. The programme includes the following:

  • €18,000 annual tax-free stipend, paid monthly
  • Payment of 100% of EU student rate fees
  • (N.B. U.K. based graduates are eligible for EU rate fees).
  • An annual contribution to research consumable costs

Scholarships are reviewed annually, based upon satisfactory progression in teaching and research and can be extended for up to 4 years to allow for the completion of MD or PhD studies.
In order to apply* please fill out this Google Form.
*Single pdf document - 1 page cover letter and short CV (max. 3 pages)
APPLICATIONS
September 2022/23 Academic Year
Steven Masterton
Course Administrator
E: anatomy@ucd.ie
T: +353 1 716 6634
More information on this course: www.ucd.ie/medicine/anatomy
Closing Date: Friday, 22nd July 2022 (5pm)

Overview

The European Green Deal commits to increasing Europe's offshore wind generation capacity from the current 12 GW level to at least 60 GW by 2030 and 300 GW by 2050. Achieving this requires a greater understanding of the long-term structural behaviour of offshore wind turbines. This project will contribute unique insights into these systems by developing novel fluid-solid interaction simulation techniques for floating offshore wind turbines. The proposed developments aim to reduce the lifetime cost and risk of next-generation, floating, deepwater solutions wind technologies while developing new numerical tools for their design and operation.

The position

We are looking for one candidate with a passion for simulation, modelling and programming. The project will focus on developing fluid-solid interaction simulation techniques for offshore mooring and rope systems based on the finite volume and finite element numerical techniques. The successful candidate is expected to have a first (or upper second) class degree in engineering, science, mathematics or computer science. The project is funded for four years. The base annual stipend is €18,500, with the option of more per annum via teaching assistance and exam invigilation. PhD fees of the candidate will be paid for as well. The advertised PhD position will be based in the vibrant UCD Energy Institute (energyinstitute.ucd.ie) with over 100 PhDs and Postdocs working on ambitious renewable energy targets. The project will also work closely with the UCD Centre for Mechanics (www.ucd.ie/cmechanics), the Bekaert University Technology Centre at UCD (www.ucd.ie/bekaert), and the UCD Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory. The project will be supervised by Assoc. Profs Philip Cardiff and Vikram Pakrashi.

The location

Ireland’s largest university, University College Dublin (www.ucd.ie), is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. The university is located on a 330-acre parkland campus in the south Dublin suburbs (with three lakes!). Dublin is a lively European capital renowned for its nightlife and bustling technology industry.

Applications

To apply, please send the following to philip.cardiff@ucd.ie:

  1. A curriculum vitae (max. two pages) outlining your educational qualifications, employment history and research interests. It should include the names and contact details of at least two referees.
  2. A cover letter highlighting why you should be considered for the PhD position taking into account the required skills (above).

Applications will be monitored daily, and candidates will be notified via email if they have successfully obtained an interview (e.g. by video call) or have not been deemed suitable for the position. Ideally, the applicant can start in September 2022 or January 2023; however, the project can wait for particularly passionate well-suited candidates.

 

College / Management Unit: Social Sciences and Law

School / Unit / Institute: Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice

Post Title: PhD Scholarship

Post Duration: 4 years

Research Project: NexSys Programme

Reports to / Principal Investigator: Dr Nessa Winston

Summary: 

The decarbonisation of the Energy System will play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate the impacts of Climate Change. The technical and societal challenges inherent in decarbonisation are set to be enduring challenges of the mid-21st century and ones that will require a whole of society approach, encompassing academia, industry, government, and citizens.

NexSys is a newly established All Island SFI Strategic Partnership Programme focussed upon the transition to a net zero carbon energy system. It is a unique partnership bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, industry, and policy makers to tackle fundamental research questions to be addressed as part of the transition to net Zero. Hosted by UCD Energy Institute, NexSys brings together academics from nine institutions across the Island of Ireland (UCD, TCD, DCU, ESRI, Maynooth University, UCC, NUI Galway, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast) to work together to meet the unprecedented scale and complexity of the challenges associated with the energy transition.

The PhD candidate will work on a NexSys Work Package entitled ‘Energy Justice: addressing transport & residential energy deprivation’. A just transition requires poverty-proofing next generation energy systems to address residential & transport energy deprivation. Current measures of poverty in Ireland fail to capture both residential & transport energy deprivation so the extent of vulnerability in these sectors is unknown. The carbon intensity of household energy use has not been located within a multiple deprivation framework so the impact of strategies which increase fossil fuel costs are also unknown. Rising costs may detract from the ability to pay for other essential goods. They may also exacerbate social exclusion &/ inequalities. Building on existing poverty, deprivation & energy research, the project will involve designing a new multidimensional poverty framework to include both residential & transport energy and assessing energy deprivation in Ireland along with its impacts on other forms of deprivation. It will adopt an energy justice framework to address social exclusion & inequalities. The scientific objectives are to reduce energy poverty by highlighting social groups who experience or are at risk of energy poverty; estimate the likely effects of decarbonisation strategies on these groups; identify possible redress mechanisms and contribute to residential and transport energy poverty strategies. The project will involve both qualitative and quantitative research, but expertise in quantitative data analysis is essential. We welcome applications from candidates from a range of Social Science backgrounds including Sociology, Economics, Social Policy, Public Policy, and Public Administration.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday April 22nd.

Start date: May 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Equality, Diversion and Inclusion:

UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everybody is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies. We encourage applicants to consult those policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality/. We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversion and Inclusion policy.

The PhD Fellowship includes:

  • Stipend of €18,500 per year for 4 years
  • Payment of EU fees for 4 years (non-EU fees in exceptional circumstances)
  • Some funding for conference travel and the purchase a PC/laptop.

Selection Criteria:

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate they have to complete the PhD. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

Mandatory

  • A primary degree and (preferably) a master’s degree in a relevant social sciences subject (e.g. BSocSc/BA and MSocSc/MA in Social Policy, Sociology, Economics, public policy/administration)
  • Experience with social science statistical data analysis software (SPSS/SAS/STATA)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
  • Training in research methods, particularly quantitative methods
  • Analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Excellent English communication skills including report writing and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills
  • Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Desirable

  • Experience of social science research on poverty/deprivation/transport/energy
  • Experience with household surveys (e.g. Household Budget Survey, EU SILC)
  • Analysis of qualitative data analysis software (Nvivo or similar).

Application Process:

Applications should be made to the School Manager, Elizabeth Hassell (elizabeth.hassell@ucd.ie). The application must include:

  • Proof of English proficiency (6.5 IELTS minimum)
  • CV including the names of two referees. Please include letters of recommendation in your application if you have them but these may be supplied afterwards if it is difficult to obtain them in advance of the deadline.
  • Diploma and Transcripts of records (e.g. BSocSc/BA and MSocSc/MA)
  • Application letter including a personal statement outlining suitability for the Fellowship

Applicants will be assessed by an authorized Appointment Committee and will be notified about the Committee’s final decision. The offer is subject to approval of the UCD Graduate Research Board. The successful applicant will then apply to the PhD programme via the UCD on-line system . For more information about the structure of the PhD programme please consult the School website.

 

College / Management Unit: Engineering and Architecture

School / Unit / Institute: Energy Institute

Post Title: PhD

Post Duration: 4 years

Research Project: NexSys Programme

Reports to / Principal Investigator: Oliver Kinnane (Architecture) oliver.kinnane@ucd.ie and Donal Finn (Mechanical and Materials Engineering donal.finn@ucd.ie

Summary: 

The decarbonisation of the Energy System will play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate the impacts of Climate Change. The technical and societal challenges inherent in decarbonisation are set to be enduring challenges of the mid-21st century and ones that will require a whole of society approach, encompassing academia, industry, government, and citizens.

NexSys is a newly established All Island SFI Strategic Partnership Programme focussed upon the transition to a net zero carbon energy system. It is a unique partnership bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, industry, and policy makers to tackle fundamental research questions to be addressed as part of the transition to net Zero. Hosted by UCD Energy Institute, NexSys brings together academics from nine institutions across the Island of Ireland (UCD, TCD, DCU, ESRI, Maynooth University, UCC, NUI Galway, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast) to work together to meet the unprecedented scale and complexity of the challenges associated with the energy transition.

A key challenge in the transition to decarbonisation is the electrification of home heating systems.

This PhD project will involve monitoring, modelling, and analysis of the in-use performance of a defined sample set of heat pumps (HP) in retrofitted buildings, while also investigating other impacting building parameters. Primarily the research will provide recommendations for heat pump optimisation sizing and control strategies and macro life cycle carbon and cost evaluations.

The PhD will uncover key operational lessons as Ireland and other countries embark on the unprecedented mass-market implementation of heat pumps in retrofitted buildings. It will achieve this by following a developed monitoring methodology in recruited buildings, mining the monitored data and furthering analysis using developed and validated heat pump and heat emitter models. The project will not just investigate heat pumps in isolation but will also associate heat pump performance with the building fabric and envelope, air tightness and importantly the occupants. It will look at the full life cycle of heat pumps, from carbon and costing perspectives.

Equality, Diversion and Inclusion

UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everybody is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies. We encourage applicants to consult those policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality/ . We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversion and Inclusion policy.

Stipend:  18500 per annum plus PhD registration fees.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The candidate will be required to travel to sites and undertake comprehensive monitoring of heat pumps in use, as well as subsequent processing of the data. The candidate will also undertake detailed modelling of heat pump systems and their emitters. The project will involve multiple distinct studies, for publication during the PhD project. The work will be guided and directed by the supervisors.

Selection Criteria 

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.  Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

Mandatory:

● ME or BE (2.1 grade or higher) in Engineering (Mechanical, Energy, Electrical or similar), or MSc or BSc in Architecture (with evidence of focus on heating system integration),
● Understanding of heat transfer theory and thermodynamic processes,
● Understanding of data processing and mining methods,
● Experience and willingness to undertake on site energy monitoring, installation of sensors, data capture and processing,
● Willingness to travel to site,
● Good report writing experience,
● Excellent English communication skills,
● Excellent interpersonal skills,
● Willingness to work as part of a team of researchers at UCD and
● Willingness to work closely with a wider cohort of stakeholders and collaborators.

Desirable:

● Knowledge of data analysis software Excel, Matlab, R, Python, etc.
● Knowledge of finite element modelling (FEM) and/or computational fluid dynamics (CFD),
● Knowledge of TRNSYS, EnergyPlus or similar tools
● Well developed research skills, both qualitative and quantitative,
● Attention to detail and strong organisational skills,
● Awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion agenda, and,
● Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines.

 

College / Management Unit: Engineering and Architecture

School / Unit / Institute: Energy Institute

Post Title: PhD

Post Duration: 4 years

Research Project: NexSys Programme

Reports to / Principal Investigator: Oliver Kinnane (Architecture) oliver.kinnane@ucd.ie and Paraic Carroll (Civil Engineering) paraic.carroll@ucd.ie

Summary: 

The decarbonisation of the Energy System will play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate the impacts of Climate Change. The technical and societal challenges inherent in decarbonisation are set to be enduring challenges of the mid-21st century and ones that will require a whole of society approach, encompassing academia, industry, government, and citizens.

NexSys is a newly established All Island SFI Strategic Partnership Programme focussed upon the transition to a net zero carbon energy system. It is a unique partnership bringing together a multidisciplinary research team, industry, and policy makers to tackle fundamental research questions to be addressed as part of the transition to net Zero. Hosted by UCD Energy Institute, NexSys brings together academics from nine institutions across the Island of Ireland (UCD, TCD, DCU, ESRI, Maynooth University, UCC, NUI Galway, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast) to work together to meet the unprecedented scale and complexity of the challenges associated with the energy transition.

A key challenge in the transition to decarbonisation is the development of sustainable urban neighbourhoods. This presents the challenge of aggregation and validation of energy profiles of individual buildings into a single community model while maintaining the essential granularity at an individual building level. From the social perspective, it is essential to analyse how such models can capture prosumer behaviour and needs and how policy can support such an important transition.

This PhD brings together a number of these key topics in the design implementation and analysis of strategies for sustainable neighbourhoods. The PhD will investigate and implement innovative solutions across different scales of the urban energy landscape including: i) at the neighbourhood scale; ii) in large municipal buildings; iii) in residential building stock. The PhD will integrate onsite, local and grid available renewable energy, with energy positive and net zero energy buildings, and with sustainable, electricity based decarbonised transport systems.

The candidate should be willing to work across all these scales of the built environment. Undertaking necessary analysis of each component as directed by the supervisors and modelling the integrative system at large.

Salary:  €18,500 per annum stipend

Benefits

Travel budget

Budget for PC/laptop

Materials budget (books, computer consumables and general disposables)

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/ Supervisor, and where the student will:

  • carry out an agreed research and work plan to meet project requirements and deliverables, working closely with UCD staff and PhD team from other projects in the Building in a Climate Emergency Research Lab including the EU Green Deal project ProBONO with partners DLRCoCo, and other partners;
  • support tasks in the Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) Living Lab if requested;
  • travel to meetings and conferences as required;
  • collaborate with partners on specific tasks on a range of topics

As part of a structured PhD in UCD the student will complete modules in relevant topics (TBA) to a total of 30 credits as required, and will engage with and contribute to the Energy Institute and UCD Building in a Climate Emergency Research Lab.

The student will ensure that all research is carried out in line with UCD requirements for ethical research and data management, and that the PhD is completed within the allocated period.

Selection Criteria 

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.  Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

Mandatory:

MSc or BSc (2.1 grade or higher) in Architecture, Urban Planning, Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Energy, Electrical or similar),
● Understanding of energy systems and grids as well as integration of local sources and sinks,
● Experience, knowledge or willingness to learn urban modelling tools,
● Experience, knowledge or willingness to undertake on site energy monitoring; installation of sensors, data capture and processing,
● Experience, knowledge or willingness to learn data analysis tools,
● Willingness to travel to site,
● Good report writing experience,
● Excellent English communication skills,
● Excellent interpersonal skills,
● Willingness to work as part of a team of researchers and
● Willingness to work closely with a wider cohort of stakeholders.

Desirable:

● Knowledge of Excel, Matlab, R etc.
● Well-developed research skills, both qualitative and quantitative,
● Attention to detail and strong organisational skills,
● Experience in stakeholder engagement (e.g. County Councils and other project partners)
● Awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion agenda, and,
● Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines.

 

Project description:

Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterial exhibit exceptional multifunctional properties including high-electron mobilities/saturation velocities, high surface to volume ratios, unique layered structures and mechanical compliance, positioning the class of materials to be influential in next-generation flexible electronics for applications in wearables and the Internet of things. Among them, two-dimensional 2D transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) semiconductors are highly promising, owing to their large mechanical resilience coupled with superior transport properties and van der Waals attraction-enabled relaxed assembly. Generally, fabrication of 2D TMD devices requires wafer-scale 2D TMD growth, layer by layer integration, precision patterning, 2D heterolayers and applications. This project aims to develop precision patterning technology of 2D materials with a variety of potential applications in electronic devices, flexible electronics, biosensors and nanophotonic.

Qualification:

The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Material Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, electronic engineering and mechanical engineering or a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience of 2D materials, synthesis, lithography, PVD/CVD and material characterization.  The candidate should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about fundamental research; and have strong written, oral and interpersonal skills. The candidate should be able to work independently and as a part of the team.

Funding:

This project is fully funded for four years. The PhD studentship covers tuition fees for EU applicants and a tax-free stipend of €18,000 per year. An allowance is provided for research consumables and conference attendance.

To Apply:

The successful applicant will join the MNMT-Dublin, group of polymer micro/nano manufacturing. The group has 10 years of experience in precision fabrication of micro/nano mould tools, replication of multi-scale polymeric structures and application towards nanomedicine synthesis and molecular diagnostics. Our team has been funded by many sources from H2020, Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. We have a full set of equipment from Lithography, physical vapour deposition, precision electroforming, nanoimprinting, micro injection moulding, 3D microscope, AFM and Bruker NPFlex etc.   

Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability for the post, a detailed CV, transcripts and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Dr Nan Zhang (nan.zhang@ucd.ie).

Type of Contract: Temporary - 48 months

Status: Full-time

Company/Institute: University College Dublin UCD / School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering / UCD Energy Institute UCD /

Country: IRELAND

City: Dublin

Number of positions available: 1

Research Field: BIM for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Career Stage: Early stage researcher or 0-4 years (post-graduation)

Supervisor name: 1- Dr. James O’Donnell (University College Dublin)

PhD enrolment: Yes – University College Dublin (National University of Ireland).

Industrial Secondment: 3 month secondment with a collaborating industrial partner.

Academic Secondment: 3 month secondment with a collaborating academic partner.

Project Title: PhD in BIM-based sustainable life-cycle information processes for the built environment, including circular economy

Build Digital Project Description

The Build Digital Alliance has a mission to unite all construction and built environment stakeholders in the drive towards integrated interoperation digital data adoption across the sector to innovatively improve efficiency, productivity and international competitiveness on a sustainable basis in Ireland. The project will leverage a incremental innovation approach to ensure that all stakeholders, particularly those in need of additional support such as SMEs and clients, are fully supported during the digital transformation of Ireland’s construction and built environment sector.

Europe is currently in the midst of two transitions, which are both complementary to each other but are rarely aligned; namely the creation of a circular economy and the ever-evolving digital revolution. Both can be said to be independently aiming to transform our society, working lives and the economy. The built environment sector is uniquely placed to maximise the synergies between these transitions towards digitalisation and the circular economy. Both transformations require a reorientation of the value chain and working practices towards more open, transparent, and collaborative approaches, which will require a significant culture change. Additionally, there is a symbiotic opportunity to review the digital transition through a sustainability lens. 

Objectives

The main deliverables for the Sustainability Pillar of the Build Digital project (team of 3 people) are as follows:

  • Horizon scan and detailed needs analysis jointly undertake with DASBE focusing on the synergies between built environment digitalization, sustainability, climate action, the SDGs, and the circular economy.
  • Design of a Framework for Digitalization for a Circular Economy (DiCE) industry toolkit.
  • Design of a Framework for Digitalization for a Circular Economy (DiCE) education toolkit.
  • Pilot the Digitalization for a Circular Economy (DiCE) industry toolkit on selected living lab case studies as follows:
  • Specific purpose ‘Snapshot’ living lab case studies, where interventions will be designed and piloted with different stakeholder groups or at different project phases with shorter feedback loops i.e., local authorities reviewing tools for planning purposes or design teams reviewing tools during the design phase.
  • Full lifecycle living lab case studies, where interventions will be designed, piloted and benchmarked throughout identified ‘lighthouse’ case studies.
  • Development of a Digitalization for a Circular Economy (DiCE) industry toolkit.
  • Development of a Digitalization for a Circular Economy (DiCE) education toolkit

Application Procedure: Applicants should have an upper level Bachelors or Masters degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Sustainable Construction, Life Cycle analysis or a similar cognate discipline to be eligible to enrol in an Engineering PhD programme at University College Dublin. Experience in Building Information Modelling, Process and Product Modelling, Sustainable Construction, Life-Cycle Analysis would be advantageous. This position can commence any time from May 2022. The position is for 4 years and is re-numerated in accordance with standard UCD norms. Written applications, in English, should include a concise C.V., a one-page letter of motivation describing why you are interested in this position, an English language test certificate, if applicable and contact details for three references. Along with the application, please include a copy of relevant qualifications such as official university transcripts. Please email applications to Dr. James O’Donnell (james.odonnell@ucd.ie) by the deadline 16 January 2022.

Academic requirements: Minimum of 2.1 honours qualification in a BE/ME engineering degree

English Language Requirements: http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/elr.html

For further details contact: Oran O’Rua, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland oran.rua@ucd.ie, +353 1 7161787

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