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NXTGENWOOD – PhD and MSc Vacancies
12.05.21

Do you want to your research to enable a healthier, more sustainable planet?

We are searching for exceptional, motivated, students to research and develop next generation advanced materials and bioprocesses from the forest. We require Biochemists, Bioscientists, Chemists, Environmental Scientists and Microbiologists. The NXTGENWOOD research consortium funded via the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine [DAFM] will research and develop next generation wood-based advanced materials, bioprocesses, and products. The consortium is targeting applications in coatings/agriculture/healthcare and energy to realise high value products from Irish forests. PhD researchers from Irish universities, NUIG, TCD, UCC, UCD, and UL will work closely with wood producers, processors, and end users.

High quality candidates, ideally with international forestry research experience are sought for a range of positions detailed below.

To apply, in the first instance send a 2-page CV, with a 1-page cover letter to colm.faulkner@tcd.ie by Friday June 11th. Use the reference DAFM - 2019PROG704 in the e-mail subject/header, and specify which role you wish to apply for.

National University of Ireland Galway [PhD Student -– Biological Properties of Wood Products]
The Advanced Glycoscience Research Cluster (AGRC) at National University of Ireland Galway is seeking to recruit a PhD student for a four-year program. Working as an integral member of the Prof. Lokesh Joshi AGRC and the NXTGENWOOD consortium, the successful candidates will investigate the biological properties of wood products as potential prebiotics for human and ruminant health. The project will focus on depolymerisation, fractionation and characterisation of wood products, and will assess their biological properties using bacterial and mammalian in vitro models. BSc/MSc in Biochemistry, Biosciences, Chemistry or related discipline required [1.1, or 2.1 degree classification preferred]. PhD stipend ~€18,000 per annum.

Trinity College Dublin [PhD Student – Advanced Wood Materials & Processing]
Climate change and protection of the environment are two of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. This PhD position will be based in the TCD School of Chemistry [Prof. MA Morris] and the AMBER centre. The role will involve close collaboration with other TCD research groups, and other academic/industry collaborators. We seek an experienced researcher with wood science experience. International experience is preferred. The candidate will develop resins, coatings, and adhesives for wood products, with a view to enhanced durability and environmental resistance, and regulatory compliance. New composites may be developed via extrusion/moulding. This role will involve close collaboration with other TCD, and Irish university-based researchers, and industry. [1.1, or 2.1-degree classification preferred]. PhD stipend ~€18,000 per annum.

Trinity College Dublin [PhD Student – Green Chemistry for Wood Based Applications]
Climate change and protection of the environment are two of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. The PhD candidate will research environmentally friendly and sustainable biopolymers, coatings and resins for wood-based applications such as strengthening, forming and bonding. Applications will be developed for cross laminated timbers, medium density fibreboards or other wood related products. The aim is to move wood related process and products up the economic value chain, in a sustainable fashion, to mitigate global emissions of CO2 or related harmful gases. The position will be based in the TCD School of Chemistry [Prof. RP Babu] and AMBER. The successful candidate will be expected to work with teams of scientists based in other Irish research institutes. This project is part of a multi-institute project called NXTGENWOOD, funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.PhD stipend ~€18,000 per annum. [1.1, or 2.1-degree classification preferred].

University College Dublin [1 PhD Student – Biology and Bioprocessing for the forest]
Forests are integral to a sustainable, circular European bioeconomy of the 21st century. This PhD student will work on the pre-treatment, separation, and bioprocessing of wood, and wood related waste streams, to develop high value, sustainable, bioprocesses. The candidate will convert wood lignin into lactic acid and lignin contaminated lignocellulose sugar mixtures to high protein yeast biomass. This work will be under the aegis of Prof. K. O’Connor, in conjunction with the BiOrbic centre, and academic/industry collaborators. The applicant will be qualified in Biotechnology, Microbiology or a related discipline [1.1, or 2.1-degree classification preferred]. PhD stipend ~€18,000 per annum.

University College Dublin [1 PhD Student – Chemistry for the forest of the 21st century]
Forests are integral to a sustainable, circular European bioeconomy of the 21st century. This PhD studentship will develop new chemistries to unlock more value and societal benefit from forest related materials. We will investigate novel reaction conditions, some employing homogeneous catalysis for the selective depolymerisation of lignin. Working in collaboration with other UCD collaborators, this student will identify optimal reaction conditions (reagents / catalysts) for the conversion of lignin to platform chemicals and expanding the use of lignin derived platform chemicals. The chemical utility of these platform chemicals for the production of natural products and/or compounds of medicinal interest will be examined. Project supervisor is Prof. P. Guiry, UCD [1.1, or 2.1 degree classification preferred]. PhD stipend ~€18,000 per annum.

University College Dublin [1 PhD Student – Life Cycle Assessment for more sustainable forests]
Effective management/protection of our environment and efficient deployment of resources is critical in addressing global climate change. A key challenge facing the wood sector is maintaining its carbon benefits whilst promoting wood as a potential substitute for non-renewable resources. In addition to forest ecosystems, wood products are carbon pools that must be strategically managed to mitigate climate change. This PhD will address forest growth models to evaluate the mitigation potential of the forest sector as a whole. The candidate will carry out a cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment to determine the effects of selected NxtGenWood products on the environment, considering impacts such as; global warming potential, freshwater eutrophication, acidification, energy demand, water use and land use. The research will be supervised by Dr. F. Murphy - https://people.ucd.ie/fionnuala.murphy. [1.1, or 2.1-degree classification preferred]. PhD stipend ~€18,000 per annum.

University College Dublin MSc – Supply Chain Optimisation for the Circular Economy
Effective management/protection of our environment and efficient deployment of resources is critical in addressing global climate change. A key challenge facing the wood sector is maintaining its carbon benefits whilst promoting wood as a potential substitute for non-renewable resources. In addition to forest ecosystems, wood products are carbon pools that must be strategically managed to mitigate climate change. This MSc will address supply chain optimisation to evaluate the potential for new forest-based R&D and innovation. The research will be supervised by Dr. F. Murphy - https://people.ucd.ie/fionnuala.murphy.

University College Dublin - MSc – Platform Chemicals from the Forest
Forests are integral to a sustainable, circular European bioeconomy of the 21st century. This MSc studentship will develop new chemistries to unlock more value and societal benefit from forest related materials. We will investigate novel reaction conditions, some employing homogeneous catalysis for the selective depolymerisation of lignin. The chemical utility of these platform chemicals for the production of natural products and/or compounds of medicinal interest will be examined. Project supervisor is Prof. P. Guiry, UCD.