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Post Doctoral Researcher in the Mathematical Modelling of Extra-Terrestrial Crystallization (Closing Date: 4th October, 12noon) 

Job ID: 054248

Please note that the full job description and application procedure is available here: https://www.ul.ie/hrvacancies

 

LOCATION: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Limerick

REPORTS TO: Project Leaders

CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose

SALARY SCALE: €39,523 – €51,035 p.a. pro rata

CLOSING DATE: 4th October 2022, 12noon

 

Informal enquiries regarding this post may be directed to the PIs on the project:  Professor Michael Vynnycky  |  Dr. Kevin Moroney  |  Dr. Doireann O'Kiely

 

Job Description

Qualifications: 

A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) completed or in the final stages of completion, in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics or related field with materials science and engineering content. Please give date of Viva in application. Applicants must have fulfilld the requirements for the award of PhD degree before commencing the post. 

 

Overall Purpose of the Role: 

The University of Limerick wishes to appoint a Post Doctoral Researcher to develop our research programme in pharmaceutical engineering, to enable a better understanding of the role that hydrodynamics, and specifically microgravity, plays in polymorphism in anti-solvent crystallization and grow our industry partner’s manufacturing research base.

The successful candidate will be based at the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), Ireland’s largest applied and industrial mathematics group. MACSI works closely with scientists and industrial companies across a wide variety of sectors with the aim of fostering new collaborative research, on problems that arise in industry through the application of cutting-edge mathematical and statistical modelling techniques.

The position will be co-funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals, SSPC (www.sspc.ie), and a multinational industry partner. SSPC, hosted by the University of Limerick, is a global interdisciplinary centre of excellence focused on the development of the next generation of small molecule and biopharmaceutical drug products. SSPC is a hub of Irish research expertise developing innovative technologies to address key challenges facing the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. Our in-depth research expertise and state-of-the-art infrastructure, aids companies who need tailored solutions to their challenges. 

The successful candidate will be embedded within the MACSI and SSPC research groups at the University of Limerick. They will work closely with an industry partner from the space sector to develop a modelling framework to describe the dynamics of nucleation, crystal growth and phase transformation in microgravity systems under development by that partner. The successful candidate will improve the understanding of the role that hydrodynamics, and specifically microgravity, plays in polymorphism in anti-solvent crystallization. This will include identifying the physical and chemical processes which determine the polymorphic forms crystallized to meet the project objectives of this SSPC Targeted Project.

 

Essential Criteria

  • A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in completed or in the final stages of completion, in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics or related field with materials science and engineering content. Please give date of Viva in application. Applicants must have fulfilled the requirements for the award of PhD degree before commencing post.

  • A track record of research in applied mathematics or a related field, with demonstrated ability to develop new mathematical models to describe complex physical and chemical processes.

  • Ability to carry out independent research and manage own research projects.

  • Strong communication skills and well-developed ability to communicate technical concepts to non-experts.

  • Strong examples of ability to collaborate, in particular with industry partners, with evidence of participation in interdisciplinary research projects.

  • Excellent interpersonal and project management and/or people management skills.

 

Desirable Criteria

  • High proficiency in the use of at least one high-level computing language (e.g. MATLAB, Python, etc.)

  • Chemistry expertise, specifically knowledge of crystallization, polymorphism and polycrystallization mechanisms. 

 

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Full title of PhD thesis.

  • Full list of publications including weblinks to publications.