Job vacancy

We are recruiting:

1. Head of Industrial Engagement and Commercialisation

2. Commercialisation Development Manager

Head of Industrial Engagement and Commercialisation - Post Summary

The Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER) and the CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin is seeking to appoint a Head of Industrial Engagement and Commercialisation. This senior person will lead the Industrial Engagement and Commercialisation Team as well as be involved hands on with customers and key researchers. This position offers a unique post centrally located in the national agenda. AMBER is a new and national centre for advanced materials and bioengineering research. It is jointly hosted by CRANN Institute and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE), in collaboration with University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and was founded by a €59 million national investment from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in 2013. It brings together over 90 researchers and PIs in a dynamic, cross-disciplinary and translational research environment which is delivering high-impact and nnovative science. The successful candidate will be a proactive business development and commercialisation expert with proven experience in leading a team and delivering results.The appointee will work with the CRANN and AMBER management team and report to the Executive Director.

Commercialisation Development Manager - Post Summary

The Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER), based in the CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is seeking to appoint a Commercialisation Development Manager (CDM). The appointee will work with the AMBER team and report to the Head of Industrial Engagement and Commercialisation and is expected to take up his/her duties as soon as possible. The CDM will work closely with the technology transfer offices (TTO) of TCD and will collaborate with the technology transfer office of University College Cork; the Royal College of Surgeons and other technology transfer offices as appropriate.

Post Status: 2-year contract, full-time
Location: Main Campus, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Reports to: Executive Director of CRANN
Salary: Appointment will be made on the Administrative 1 (to the bar) salary scale (€55,196 – €68,476 per annum range) at a point in line with current Government pay policy
Closing Date: 12 Noon on Friday 8th August 2014
Start Date: This post is available immediately

For more details and to apply for either post, please visit and search under Management and Administration.

Job vacancy

Postdoctoral Fellowship/ Research Scientist - Development of Bioactive Therapeutics Harnessing Stem Cell Mechanobiology

The Tissue Engineering Research Group at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland currently has a research position available in the area of tissue engineering, in particular the development of bioactive therapeutics harnessing stem cell mechanobiology. The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team including principal investigators, postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate students and clinicians. The position will be associated with the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Centre.

Briefly, the project will entail elucidating the mechanisms behind the effect of previously identified mechanosensitive signalling factors capable of inducing bone regeneration. Furthermore, novel mechanosensitive signalling factors associated with age will be examined as a means of recapitulating the advanced healing capacity of children. The information generated from these analyses will be used to identify potential therapeutics that can be incorporated in tissue engineered scaffolds via suitable delivery platforms. These bioactive scaffolds will then be tested using an in vivo animal model to validate their potential for clinical applications.

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in tissue engineering, bioengineering or related disciplines, ideally with specific experience in mechanobiology, biomaterials, cell culture techniques, biological assays (e.g. proliferation assays, qPCR, microarrays, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, etc) and histological techniques. Additional experience in delivery platforms (protein, gene and microRNA) and in vivo models would be considered beneficial.

CVs with the names and addresses of three referees should be submitted to:
Prof. Fergal J. O’Brien, PhD
Dept. of Anatomy,
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
123 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2,
This 3 year position is funded by a Health Research Board grant and is available from October 2014

Press Release

Professor John Boland and his team are the first researchers in the world to measure Poisson’s Ratio on the nanoscale

Professor John Boland, Principal Investigator at AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre at Trinity College Dublin has made a world-first breakthrough in area of material mechanics. Professor Boland and his team along with Prof. Sader from University of Melbourne have developed a simple, robust approach to measure one of the most fundamental engineering properties – the Poisson’s Ratio – on the nanoscale; a scale invisible to the human eye and 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

Poisson’s Ratio describes the fundamental elasticity of any solid; how a material’s width changes when placed under a mechanical load. It is a basic principle of engineering that dates back to 1811 and an important guide in the construction of buildings, skyscrapers and bridges. It allows engineers and builders to identify how much a material can be compressed and stretched and how much pressure it will withstand, before it collapses.

The Poisson’s Ratio has never before been measured on the nanoscale. Professor Boland’s discovery will have a huge impact on the development of flexible electronics, wearable technology and implantable devices. It now means that ICT and electronics manufacturers and designers can gauge the elasticity of micro wires and metals and can test their suitability for use in flexible electronics such as smartphones, watches and tablets.

Commenting, Professor Boland who is also Research Professor in Trinity’s School of Chemistry said, “More than 200 years after Poisson’s Ratio was first introduced, we are delighted to have made this breakthrough on the nanoscale. The Poisson’s Ratio is crucial to construction and engineering, ensuring that all load-bearing structures such as buildings and bridges are made of the correct materials and ultimately are safe and sturdy. It has been a hugely effective guide for large scale structures, but it has until now, been unavailable to assist in the design of nanoscale structures that are so important for today’s technologies.

By translating this basic mechanical concept to the nanoscale, essentially measuring the elasticity of materials that are just a few hundred atoms across, it will open up huge opportunities for electronics and ICT. As we move to an age of wearable technology, it is crucial that scientists understand how materials respond at their very basic level.”

The discovery has been published in prestigious scientific publication Nature.

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government said, “AMBER, as a new research centre, has been delivering on SFI strategy of excellent science with impact. The impact of Professor Boland’s discovery will be hugely significant for the electronics industry worldwide, which is growing apace. Wearable technology is becoming the norm, and its growth will undoubtedly be accelerated as a result of this development.”

Press Release

AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin is hosting a major international conference which brings 20 of the world’s top scientists to Dublin. The three-day conference, which runs from 9-11 July at Trinity College Dublin, will focus on the 2-dimensional nano-materials of the future and their potential to transform energy and computer technology.

Researchers from China, Israel, Singapore and USA will be among the attendees who will give keynote speeches and participate in workshops and panel discussions. Topics include the synthesis of new 2D materials for both research and industrial uses and applications of nano-materials in energy generation, electronics, optics and composites such as stronger but lighter plastic materials.

Special guest Professor Andrea Ferrari, Chairman of the Executive Board for the Graphene Flagship will be speaking at the conference. The Graphene Flagship is a €1 billion project set up by the European Commission to examine the future potentially life-changing application of graphene. It is suggested that graphene – a single sheet of atoms - could transform every material that we use.

Organisers of the event include three AMBER researchers who are participating in the EU Graphene Flagship - Professor Jonathan Coleman, who recently discovered how to produce graphene on an industrial scale – a world first –; Professor Valeria Nicolosi, an eminent physicist who joined AMBER from Oxford to further her materials science research and Prof Georg Duesberg, a graphene specialist capable of growing large defect-free graphene flakes.

Commenting, Professor Coleman said, “Ireland is considered a leading nation when it comes to materials science – we are 8th in the world, which is a significant ranking. This conference aims to bring together the leading international scientists in this area, to examine and discuss the opportunities for, and the challenges facing, materials science”.

Professor Valeria Nicolosi said, “Graphene has been identified as a game-changer in materials science and its potential use in industry – particularly energy and ICT - could be transformative. Flatlands offers a platform to debate and examine other similar 2D materials and their potential with our international counterparts – a hugely important element of scientific endeavour.”

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government said, “Ireland is leading the international discussion on materials science by hosting Flatlands. It will provide excellent networking opportunities, which are important as Ireland grows its links with our international counterparts. The science ecosystem is no longer confined to Ireland and growing links with European and worldwide researchers is key, particularly as Irish researchers compete for funding through Horizon 2020.”

Flatlands runs from 9-11 July at Trinity College Dublin. For further information, see