AMBER has a central role in improving the scientific and technical skills of the current and future workforce. We recruit the best and the brightest from across the globe to deliver on our mission of research excellence that brings solutions to societal and industrial challenges. Researchers trained in AMBER develop a broad skill base that reflects the needs of industry, as well as supporting those researchers who wish to follow an academic career path. AMBER provides our researchers with opportunities to work with companies, gaining valuable appreciation of the culture of product development, as well as exposure to business and management processes that are industry-relevant, creating a broad skills base that matches the needs of industry. For our postdoctoral and early career researcher (ESR) cohort interested in remaining in academia, our funding team collaborates with other SFI Centres in TCD to deliver a Pathways to Funding training programme annually to prepare individuals to apply for independent research funding.


Research Fellow position for the following project 

Research and Development of polymer materials and polymer composites as lubricious materials for catheters.

This is a research focused role collaborating with an Industry partner, where the candidate will conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator, Prof. Larisa Florea (Trinity College Dublin), Cyril Tuohy, R&D Senior manager, Stryker Neurovascular and Dr. Cormac O’Keeffe, Principal Engineer at Stryker.

Summary of project:
Stryker’s Neurovascular division strives to propel the field of stroke care through continuous, purposeful innovation that powers meaningful outcomes. Focused on advancing the practice of less invasive stroke therapies through its Complete Stroke Care solutions, Stryker is dedicated to providing best-in-class solutions for ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke care, education, and clinical support. Products include stent retriever, detachable coils, stents, balloons, guidewires and microcatheters. Currently, many catheter coatings are based on PTFE. Utilising PTFE material has inherent drawbacks in med device application like intermediate catheters due to inherit mechanical properties of PTFE. This project is looking for alternatives that can improve product performance.

A focus will be placed on polymer materials and composites that can offer comparable coefficient of friction and wear properties to PTFE, excellent processability, while also optimising mechanical properties required for optimum catheter performance. The project aims to achieve, through novel coatings materials, improved control and manipulation of the catheters during surgical procedures.
Requirements: Suitable candidates would have a PhD in Materials Science/Materials Engineering or related disciplines.

Desired abilities:
• Previous laboratory experience in polymer research is essential.
• Experience with polymer characterization techniques including mechanical testing, rheology, tensile testing, dynamic mechanical analysis, microscopy, SEM, EDX, FT-IR, DSC, AFM (essential)
• Experience with polymer processing and specimen fabrication protocols such as extrusion, dip-coating, spin coating, injection molding and curing (essential).
• Excellent data organising and analysis skills (essential).
• Experience in polymer synthesis (desirable).
• Proven record of clear scientific thinking (desirable).
How to Apply: Applicants should submit to FLOREAL@TCD.IE a full Curriculum Vitae, to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses) and a motivation letter detailing their suitability for the current project and clear matching between their prior expertise & skills and the project requirements.
Positions will remain open until filled but preferred start date is as soon as possible. Only short-listed applications will be acknowledged.
This position is funded by AMBER, SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research & CRANN Institute.

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.


AMBER Public Engagement and Communications Manager

Applications are invited for the position of Public Engagement and Communications Manager. The AMBER Public Engagement and Communications Manager will be responsible for devising and implementing the centre’s strategy for public engagement, communications and public affairs which will build and strengthen relationships between AMBER and its broad community of stakeholders. These include the research community, industry, government departments, policy makers, the education system, media and the general public

Public engagement and communications are seen as pivotal in determining the success of the centre.  With a state investment of 40M€, there is a responsibility on the centre to educate and inform the general public of how and why that investment is made and its resulting impact.  The further success of the centre is also reliant on communicating success and building the profile of the centre such that we influence the national research agenda and policy. The Public Engagement & Communications Manager will as part of a team in implementing the centre’s Education and Public Engagement (EPE) and communication tactical plan with co-responsibility for delivery of the AMBER’s EPE and communications performance metrics.    This will involve engaging with a variety of audiences from to the media to the general public and development of relationships with educators, media and the political ecosystem and managing a broad variety of projects focused on the needs and concerns of different audiences.   The successful candidate  will be required to translate complex research output from the Centre’s Academic investigators  into high-quality communication materials suitable for external audiences in variety of formats press releases, case studies, blogs, feature articles, factsheets, research proposals and web content.

Specific details regarding the role and how to apply can be found here

Closing Date: 12 noon (Irish Standard Time) 26th July 2022. Applications will only be accepted by applying online through the Trinity Jobs Portal.

Applications must be made by the date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system Late Applications will not be accepted.

Research Fellow in Physical & Materials electrochemistry
Evaluating the potential of novel nickel/iron oxyhydroxide films as electrodes in industrial water electrolysis reactors A fully funded 12 month postdoctoral research fellowship (with a possibility to extend to 24 months) is offered in the Trinity Electrochemistry & Electrocatalysis Group in Trinity College Dublin headed by Professor Mike Lyons.

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