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 UCD Perinatal Research Centre and UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science are seeking to recruit a PhD student to explore breastfeeding behaviours and outcomes. The PhD program will involve further training in clinical trials skills, exposure to cutting-edge implementation research, biological sample processing, clinical chemistry analysis, scientific writing, statistical analysis and research management skills. There will be opportunities to present your work at the national and international scientific stage.

The successful applicant will be enthusiastic graduates of BSc in a health science (or related discipline) with a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or an MSc. The role will involve work within clinical and laboratory settings. The successful candidate should be highly motivated and interested in maternal and child health and breastfeeding. Experience working with this population would be a distinct advantage.

This PhD project comes with a three year scholarship of €26,865 p.a. which is exempt from income tax and includes PhD registration fees at EU student rate.

Please note the project and PhD cannot be undertaken remotely. The successful candidate will join the Dublin based research team. Anticipated start date is September 2021.

See full details and how to apply here

MSc, PhD, MD/MCh Studentships

Take your place on the seat of intelligence

Aristotle held that the heart was the seat of intelligence until Herophilos, one of the founders of Anatomy, showed it to be the brain. While many may see Anatomy as being a largely discovered field there is still much we can learn from the human form.

The research focus in Human Anatomy at UCD currently involves:

  • Anatomical education research
  • Regenerative medicine for Spinal Cord Injury
  • Reproductive Health and Developmental Biology
  • 3D printing in Anatomy, Medicine and Surgery
  • Microscopy and 3D imaging tool development
  • Diabetes and kidney disease
  • Engineering the tumour microenvironment

The 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 student EU fees. Scholarships are reviewed on an annual basis and may be extended based on satisfactory progression in teaching and research. Successful candidates will undertake a graduate research degree while 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 a mandatory requirement.

In order to apply please fill out this Google Form.

APPLICATIONS

September 2021/22 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, 16th April 2021 (5pm)

UCD School of Medicine
Scoil an Leighis UCD

A Measure Above The Rest: Medical Traineeship Physiology

MSc & PhD Scholarships (MD also available)

Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ is a recognised symbol of the symmetry inher-ent in the universe. At UCD we provide the right fit for Medical Trainees.

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
  • Experimental Physiology
  • Renal Physiology

The 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:

  1. Good working knowledge of Biology/Physiology
  2. BSc (2.1 or higher desirable)
  3. Proven communication skills

In order to apply please fill out this Google Form.

APPLICATIONS for September 2021/22

Emanuela Pizzi: Course Administrator

E: physiology@ucd.ie I T: +353 1 716 6606

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

Closing Date: Friday, 23rd April 2021 (5pm)

 

Supervisors: Dr Olive Lennon, UCD School of Public health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and Prof. Madeleine Lowery, UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The 3Rs project aims to exploit neural bio-signals at brain (EEG) and muscle (EMG) level during lower limb function after stroke to improve delivery of robot assisted therapy. Motion trajectory prediction models will be developed with the aim of closing the loop between human and robot and to drive neuroplastic change and impact motor recovery.

The PhD candidates will work directly with a post-doctoral researcher under the academic supervision of Dr Olive Lennon, School of Public health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and Prof. Madeleine Lowery, Biomedical engineering, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. PhD 1 will focus on sit to stand activity and PhD 2 will focus on stepping activity to achieve the identified project objectives.

Objective 1: Identify neural correlates of brain and muscle activity (EEG and EMG) and allow offline prediction of 3D movement trajectories from EEG, EMG and kinematic data during sit to stand and stepping in healthy control subjects.

Objective 2: Identify neural correlates of brain and muscle activity (EEG and EMG) and allow offline prediction of 3D trajectory from EEG, EMG and kinematic data during sit to stand and stepping in chronic stroke survivors.

Objective 3:  Incorporate motion trajectory prediction models of sit-to-stand and stepping in a robotic gait device after stroke to close the human-machine loop during functional movements.

This is an SFI funded project. PhD students will have their full academic fees paid and will receive an annual stipend of €18,500 per annum for four years.

Suitable PhD candidates will be graduates with a minimum of a 2.1 degree in engineering, physiotherapy or related disciplines.

Start Date: September 2021

For further details contact Dr Olive Lennon (olive.lennon@ucd.ie) or Prof. Madeleine Lowery (madeleine.lowery@ucd.ie). 

Dr Shane Bergin, Assistant Professor in Science Education, UCD School of Education, and the Amgen Biotech Experience Ireland team are inviting expressions of interest from applicants to undertake a research Masters or PhD to evaluate the ABE Ireland education programme.

ABE Ireland is the programme to empower teachers to deliver cutting edge biotechnology labs in their schools. The research project will evaluate the programme or aspects of it and its impact on the students, teachers and/or schools that participate.

ABE Ireland and Dr Bergin are seeking an individual to join an application to the IRC Enterprise Partnership Research programme in 2021. They are looking for a person who has an undergraduate degree and an interest in formal or informal STEM education. Read more about the research project, the person specification and how to express your interest here.

 

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 multi-compartment and multi-delivery biomaterials for wound healing purposes. The three-dimensional constructs will be developed using state-of-the-art biofabrication technologies (e.g. bioprinting, electrospinning, layer-by-layer deposition). The produced scaffolds will be characterised using an array of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical and biological methods. Preclinical analysis of the produced materials will also be conducted.

Funding Agency:

The project is funded from Science Foundation Ireland, Frontiers for the Future Programme.

Qualifications / Expertise:

The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in biomaterials, biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, 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; 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 biomaterials; 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: Monday, 10th January 2022

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 Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

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 Science Foundation Ireland, Frontiers for the Future Programme. 

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: Monday, 10th January 2022

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 Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

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 Science Foundation Ireland, Frontiers for the Future Programme.

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: Monday, 10th January 2022

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 Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

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, 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: Monday, 10th January 2022

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 Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

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: Monday, 10th January 2022

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 Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

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. diabatic, 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: Monday, 10th January 2022

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 Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

Role: PhD - Nanosatellite System Modelling and Testing

Supervisor: Dr. David McKeown, University College Dublin (david.mckeown@ucd.ie)

This PhD will help develop a Nanosatellite System Model (NSM), an adaptable platform which will greatly increases automation of satellite subsystem design based on the requirements of the payload and as a result massively increasing the speed with which new mission concepts can be realised. There will be a particular focus on the addition of Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) testing to the NSM.

The successful applicant will also become part of the EIRSAT-1 team, building and launching Ireland's first Satellite.

Role

  • Support the planning and operating of EIRSAT-1 with view to transfer of learning to Nanosatellite System Model (NSM)  
  • On-orbit support of the EIRSAT-1 ADCS payload.
  • A literature review of state of the art for nanosatellite ADCS software and hardware in the loop test beds will be carried out.  
  • Identify interface requirements for the Nanosatellite System Model, regarding the addition of ADCS test hardware.
  • Assist Preliminary Design of the ADCS test hardware including but not limited to: ADCS boards and external payload interface requirements; accommodation of multiple mission scenarios, including constellations. 
  • Manufacturing of additional components for ADCS / NSM 
  • Perform Assembly, Integration and Test of preliminary version of ADCS Test Rig into the NSM (as part of UCD team) 
  • Support the ADCS parts of the mission simulation of COMCUBE (Nanosatellite under development) and industrial payloads as required.  

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • A minimum of a 2.1 Honours Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science
  • High standard of spoken and written English
  • Ability to work to deadlines and work as part of an interdisciplinary team

The successful applicant will join the Dynamics and Control Systems Group based in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The group has 10 years of experience working of projects with the European Space Agency controlling the flexibility in space structures ranging from launchers, to X-ray telescopes and robotics arms. EIRSAT-1 is a 2U CubeSat being built, tested and operated by University College Dublin as part of the European Space Agency’s Fly Your Satellite! programme. This position is funded as part of a Science Foundation Ireland ‘Frontiers for the Future’ Project.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to (david.mckeown@ucd.ie).

Applications will be considered up to August 30th, 2021, with an expectation to start in September, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Estimating the burden of cattle disease in Ireland to inform private and public sector animal health investment policy considerations.
This study will estimate the production and economic burden of cattle diseases in Ireland to contextualise costs associated with bovine tuberculosis control. In human health, the challenge of comparing the economic impact of different diseases has been addressed with the development of the successful Global Burden of Disease initiative. Following on from this, the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) initiative has been recently launched to establish a consistent framework for estimating the economic impact of animal disease.
The successful PhD candidate will conduct an Irish case study in the international GBADs programme. The candidate will be an important contributor to the global initiative, collaborating with subject experts nationally and internationally.
Requirements:
Applicants should have an honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in animal science, veterinary medicine, or a related discipline, and be citizens of the EU (project funding cannot support non-EU fees).
Award:
The scholarship (tax free) is €18,000 per annum for 4 years. UCD postgraduate fees will be covered by the grant.
Closing date: 31st August 2021
Preferred start date: 1st October 2021
Further information on the GBADs programme may be found at animalhealthmetrics.org. Please contact conor.mcaloon@ucd.ie for any other queries.

As part of its programme to provide postdoctoral research opportunities for scholars of proven academic excellence, University College Dublin is pleased to announce the Janssen Newman Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Covid 19.

The Fellowship is established at the UCD School of Medicine at UCD and the Centre for Colorectal Disease, St Vincent’s University Hospital, with support from Janssen. The Centre for Colorectal Disease is actively engaged in clinical and translational research with a focus on understanding which cellular and molecular factors drive disease progression and condition response to treatment in inflammatory bowel disease.

The Janssen Newman Fellow will be expected to have completed basic specialist training in Medicine and have demonstrated a commitment to the field of Gastroenterology. Candidates may be an SpR or have applied to enter higher specialist training in Gastroenterology. Laboratory experience in techniques such as cell isolation, flow cytometry, and human explant tissue culture is desirable but not essential.

The Fellow will register with the UCD Translational Medicine programme as part of a two-year MD research programme. The Newman Fellowship comes with a generous stipend and is tenable for two years.

How to Apply:

The candidate must complete the Newman Fellowship Candidate Form and provide an updated and detailed CV and send both documents via the Graduate Studies Connector choosing the "Newman Fellowship Programme" option. Please ensure that you mention the name of the position you apply for.

Two nominated referees must separately submit their confidential reports using the Newman Fellowship Referee Form via the Graduate Studies Connector choosing the "Newman Fellowship Programme" option.

Further Information:

Informal enquires regarding this Fellowship may be directed to Dr Glen Doherty at glen.doherty@ucd.ie

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 27th August 2021.