Postdoctoral Researcher
NUI Galway
Galway, IE
3d ago

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two full time, specific purpose contracts (6 months) as Research Assistants in Microbiology, The College of Science & Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The positions are funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. The posts are available from January 2020.

Job Description :

The successful candidates will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of anaerobic wastewater treatment systems, and will work with industry partners on piloting NUI Galway prototypes at industrial sites.

The successful candidates will be expected to take responsibility for meeting appropriate milestones, timelines and deliverables as part of the overall work programme.

Duties :

The post holders will :

  • Operate and maintain laboratory-scale anaerobic wastewater treatment systems, and will work with industry partners on piloting NUI Galway prototypes at industrial partner sites, to include management of reactor influents, effluents, gas analysis and routine maintenance of the systems.
  • Support ongoing PhD and Postdoctoral laboratory-scale bioreactor projects, through the assembly and operation of these systems.
  • Prepare and deliver oral and written reports, and to attend and participate in meetings, as part of the overall work programme.
  • Qualifications / Skills required :

    Essential Requirements :

  • An honours BSc degree or equivalent in Microbiology or cognate subject.
  • Experience of analytical methods relevant to environmental biotechnology
  • Experience of mechanical equipment maintenance
  • Knowledge or experience of anaerobic wastewater treatment systems at technical scale.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills
  • Desirable Requirements :

  • Full, clean driving license
  • Experience of biopolymer production through fermentations
  • Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post

    Salary : €22,497 - €35,218 per annum

    Continuing Professional Development / Training :

    Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

    Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

    For information on moving to Ireland please see

    Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Vincent O’Flaherty ().

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