Dr. Aidan McDonald

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Aidan hails from Dublin, Ireland. He obtained a first class honours degree from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, in 2002. From 2003 until early 2008 he performed Ph.D. research in the group of Prof. Dr. Gerard van Koten at Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 2008 until 2012 he was a Postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Prof. Lawrence Que, Jr., at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
In 2012 Aidan was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, and was recently (2017) promoted to Associate Professor. Aidan was the holder of a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship (2009-11) and was previously a Marie Curie Career Integration fellow (2013-17). In late 2015 Aidan was awarded an ERC starting grant, and in late 2016 an SFI/Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Aidan was recently (2017) elected as a member of the Young Academy of Europe. Aidan was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship for 2017.

Aidan’s research group’s interests revolve around exploring the reactivity of high-valent late transition metal oxidants and in AMBER the functionalisation and application of 2-dimensional nanomaterials.


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  • AMBER PhD studentships which are open for enrolment in September 2019
  • Irish Research Council – Open Call
  • PhD Studentship
  • SFI Industry Fellowship
  • PhD, PostDocs in Biomaterial Scaffold Development
  • Open Call for EDGE Scholarship Applications

AMBER PhD studentships which are open for enrolment in September 2019

AMBER is inviting applications for the following PhD studentships which are open for enrolment in September 2019. The AMBER research centre, as a community of researchers, welcomes its responsibility to provide equal opportunities for all. We are actively seeking diversity in our research teams and particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Applicants must have been resident in an EU member state for 3 out of the last 5 years to be eligible for funding through this programme.

PhD title Lead Supervisor Co Supervisor Location
Exploration of neuromorphic functions based on ion gel gated devices Prof. John Boland Prof. Paul Hurley Trinity College Dublin
Oxide semiconductors for above IC logic applications Prof. Igor Shvets Trinity College Dublin
Resistive switching in single/few layer 2 D materials. Dr. Niall McEvoy Prof. Paul Hurley Trinity College Dublin
Modelling for emerging devices Prof. Stefano Sanvito Trinity College Dublin
Magnetic Logic Devices Prof. Mike Coey Prof. Plamen Stamenov Trinity College Dublin
Computational screening and design of resilient plasmonic alloys for ICT and sensing Dr. David O’Regan Trinity College Dublin
Aberration-corrected electron microscopy and electron-beam lithography for plasmonic devices with dimensions approaching the atomic scale Dr. Richard Hobbs Trinity College Dublin
Porous Metal-Organic Materials for Photo- and Electrocatalytic Water Splitting Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt Trinity College Dublin
Nitride Nanowires for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Prof. Justin Holmes Prof. Peter Parbrook University College Cork
2D materials for battery and supercaps Prof. Valeria Nicolosi Trinity College Dublin
3D-Printed Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries for Future Wearable, Medical and IoT Technologies Prof. Colm O’Dwyer Tyndall National Institute/University College Cork
Novel Dy-free Permanent Magnets with Properties Intermediate between Ferrites and Nd-Fe-B Prof. Plamen Stamenov Prof. Mike Coey Trinity College Dublin
Machine-learning design of novel permanent magnets Prof. Stefano Sanvito Trinity College Dublin
Transverse Thermoelectrics Dr. David McCloskey Trinity College Dublin
Theory, modelling and simulations of electrical properties of nanosheet networks for device applications (MF) Prof. Mauro Ferreira Trinity College Dublin
Viscoelastic properties of nanosheet networks (MM) Prof. Mathias Moebius Trinity College Dublin
Electromechanical properties of nanosheet networks/Nanomembrane formation by continuous nanoimprint processes (GC) Prof. Graham Cross Trinity College Dublin
Directed Self-Assembly of Synthetic Nanoparticles and Loading of Natural Cell Derived Nanoparticles Prof. Donal O’Shea The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Synthesis and Catalysis by 2D nanomaterials Prof. Aidan McDonald Trinity College Dublin
Engineered self-assemblies from synthetic tripodal ligands for formation of soft-materials and printable 2D materials Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson Trinity College Dublin
Nano and micropatterning of polymer and biopolymer structures through phase separation and fabrication Prof. Mick Morris Trinity College Dublin
Functional patterned surfaces using biopolymers Prof. Justin Holmes Prof. Paul Young University College Cork
The role of endogenous skeletal stem cells in regulating biomaterial mediated bone regeneration Prof. David Hoey Trinity College Dublin
Electro-conductive biomaterials for spinal cord and peripheral nerve repair Prof. Fergal O’Brien The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Conductive materials for regeneration of the infarcted myocardium Prof. Michael Monaghan Prof. Valeria Nicolosi Trinity College Dublin
Novel nanomaterials for controlled gene delivery Prof. Sally-Ann Cryan Prof. Andreas Heise The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Machine learning methods for ultra-high quality microscopy Prof. Stefano Sanvito Dr. Lewys Jones Trinity College Dublin
Development of immunomodulatory materials for biomedical applications Prof. Ed Lavelle Prof. Danny Kelly & Prof. Fergal O’Brien Trinity College Dublin
Modelling electromechanical properties of two-dimensional materials and heterostructures Cosupervisors - Prof. Stefano Sanvito (Computational spintronics), Dr. Nuala Caffrey (Computational Materials research) and Dr. Stephen Power (Nanoelectronics theory). Trinity College Dublin

To apply – please e-mail a CV with the names and addresses of three referees to the lead supervisor listed above, contact details can be found within project PDF.

Positions will remain opened until filled but preferred start date is September 2 2019. Only short-listed applications will be acknowledged.

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Irish Research Council – Open Call

We are seeking interested students, post-doctoral researchers, investigators, and industry partners for the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme. Contact colm.faulkner@tcd.ie with enquiries. Call deadline is Sept 5th.

Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral) - Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral) Co-funding research partnerships for enterprises and not-for-profit employers. The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a unique national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme brings great research ideas into an Irish enterprise partner with the support of a higher education institution. The Irish Research Council partners with enterprises and jointly funds two-year fellowships to highly promising researchers in Ireland. Fellows will hold an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship. Link

Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate) Co-funding research partnerships for enterprises and not-for-profit employers. The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a unique national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme co-funds awardees to bring great research ideas into an enterprise with the support of a higher education institution. Link

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PhD Studentship

Application Process:

We have a fully funded PhD position in AMBER open for enrolment in 2018, with the Intelligent Nano Surfaces Group, supported by the SUN-PILOT H2020 project (link: http://www.sunpilot.eu). To apply please
review the project details on the link below. Submit your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to Dr. Parvaneh Mokarian (mokariap@tcd.ie).

Closing Date:

Friday 31st July 2018

PhD studentship - Bio-inspired Nanopatterning; link: https://www.universityvacancies.com/trinity-college-dublin/phd-student-research-9913

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SFI Industry Fellowship

The SFI Industry Fellowship Programme aims to enhance industry-academia collaborations, and to stimulate excellence through the funding of collaborative industry-academia research projects. This is realised via secondment of academic researchers in industry, or of industry researchers in academia.

If funded, the AMBER centre places researchers, on-site with collaborating companies for 1 year full time or 2 years part time. Alternately it hosts industry researchers on-site. Some applicants transition to full time roles in industry partners, subsequent to completion of the project. Other fellows have leveraged the secondment for: [1] preparation of large scale successfully funded H2020 funding applications; [2] publication of high impact academic publications; [3] pathfinding/seeding new collaborative research projects; [4] the development of new intellectual property.

To date AMBER has placed candidates across Ireland, Europe and the US addressing challenges in materials research for applications ranging across Bioengineering, Energy, ICT, and Medical Devices.

The next call deadline is Nov 26th - http://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/sfi-industry-fellowship-programme/. Typically there are 2 calls per annum. Companies or researchers interested in prospective applications can contact colm.faulker@tcd.ie for further information/informal discussions.

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PhD, PostDocs in Biomaterial Scaffold Development

2 Postdoc and 2 PhD positions are available with Dr Cathal Kearney in RCSI arising from his ERC Horizon 2020 Starter Grant funded in the area of biomaterial scaffold development for diabetic foot ulcers. There are several parallel arms to the project that will look at aspects of scaffold design, on-demand drug delivery, nucleic acid delivery and induced pluripotent stem cells.

Postdoc – iPSCs and Scaffold - https://my.corehr.com/pls/coreportal_rcsip/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=013127

Postdoc – biomaterials - https://my.corehr.com/pls/coreportal_rcsip/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=013126

PhD – iPSCs and Scaffold - https://my.corehr.com/pls/coreportal_rcsip/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=013125

PhD – On Demand Delivery - https://my.corehr.com/pls/coreportal_rcsip/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=013145


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Open Call for EDGE Scholarship Applications

EDGE is led by Trinity College Dublin on behalf of 10 Irish academic institutions of excellence. In our 3rd call we expect to award up to 28 Fellowships, each 24-months duration, who will relocate to Ireland to join expert supervisors in the ICT (networks, date and materials) field. Career progression is a primary aim of MSCA schemes, and we will provide comprehensive training and development to our Fellows to support their growth as independent research professionals. Researchers currently residing outside of Ireland, with a PhD or equivalent status, can apply by submitting a research proposal before the Call deadline on 1st November 2018.

Before beginning the application process, applicants should:
1. review the eligibility criteria and other information on our website - http://www.edge-research.eu
2. contact a prospective supervisor from those listed on the programme website to gain their support

Research Themes
- Future Networks & Communications
- Advanced Materials & Bioengineering
- Digital Content & Media Technologies

Full topic list: http://edge-research.eu/fellowships/research-themes/

Contact: Kevin J Fraser, EDGE Programme Manager: edge@tcd.ie

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713567.

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