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Post Doctoral Researcher in Mathematical Modelling for Wrinkle Technology – Specific Purpose


Contract Salary Scale: €41,209 - €53,091 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €46,180 p.a. pro rata)


Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to: Dr Doireann O'Kiely (


The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 31st January 2023.


Applications must be completed online before 12 noon, Irish Standard Time on the closing date.


The University of Limerick supports blended working.






  • A Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) or near to completion in applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics or a closely related area with expertise in mathematical modelling for continuum mechanics. If PhD is close to completion, please give expected viva date in application.




The overall purpose of this role is to build a mathematical modelling framework for understanding and predicting wrinkling behaviour in materials that behave both elastically and plastically. The position will primarily involve the development of partial differential equations to describe relevant physical systems, and subsequent analysis with perturbation methods and numerical methods. This research will be carried out as part of the SFI Frontiers for the Future Mathematical models for wrinkle technology project, in the MACSI research centre at the University of Limerick, under the guidance of Dr Doireann O'Kiely. The Post Doctoral Researcher will also carry out an experimental study at the University of Manchester






  • Contribute to the Mathematical Models for Wrinkle Technology project under the general guidance of Principal Investigator Dr Doireann O'Kiely. 
  • Work with Dr O'Kiely to define research objectives in line with the project strategy.
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects at the University of Limerick and with international collaborators.
  • Determine appropriate methodologies for progressing the research project, with advice and support as appropriate.
  • Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations/commercial exploitation.


Research Management


  • Plan, co-ordinate and implement research project.
  • Manage own personal and research resources (including where required, laboratories, and specialist equipment) appropriately.
  • Manage own research budget, if any, and keep records as directed and in line with funder/university policy as appropriate.


Research Outputs - Write Up and Dissemination


  • Write up results from own research activity.
  • Contribute to the research project’s dissemination, in whatever form (report, papers, chapters, book).
  • Present information on research progress and outcomes e.g. to funder; conferences; other team members, as agreed with the PI/project leader.
  • Where appropriate, work with PI to register patents to protect intellectual property.


Income Generation/Funding


  • May identify sources of funding and pursue the process of securing funds.
  • May work with PI to contribute to proposals for developmental purposes.




  • May act as co-supervisor or be a member of a supervision panel.
  • May act as mentor to foreign students on undergraduate placement.


Policy and Standards


  • Knowledge and understanding of the policy, practices and procedures, relevant to the role, which may include broader university/sector/external sponsor or funder (e.g. Commercial Awareness, Research Ethics, Knowledge Transfer, Patents, Intellectual Property Rights, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities & Diversity).
  • Legal requirements regarding data protection and confidentiality data protection requirements.


Essential Criteria:


  • A Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) or near to completion in applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics or a closely related area with expertise in mathematical modelling for continuum mechanics. If PhD is close to completion, please give expected viva date in application.
  • Ability to undertake and manage mathematical modelling research projects and contribute to publications/presentations.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following: mathematical modelling, continuum mechanics, elasticity, plasticity, perturbation methods, scientific computing.
  • Proficiency in the use of at least one high-level computing language (e.g. Matlab, Python etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to write technical documents and to communicate technical concepts to non-experts.


Desirable Criteria:


  • Publications in mathematical modelling of physical systems.
  • Experience with a finite element simulation software such as Abaqus, Surface Evolver or Comsol.


Please include the following information in your application:


  • Full title of PhD thesis (where applicable).
  • Full list of publications including weblinks to publications (where applicable).



Please note your application must include:


A letter of introduction indicating how you meet the criteria outlined in the Job description.

A completed online Application Form (separate application forms must be submitted for each post applied for)



Please email if you experience any difficulties.


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