|Location:||Dublin - Ireland|
|Placed On:||22nd September 2020|
|Closes:||22nd November 2020|
Packaging is key to sustaining the quality and durability of consumer and industrial products through their lifespan. The European Commission’s plastics strategy (2018) is to make all plastic packaging on the EU market recyclable by 2030. Aligning with this, this project aims to deliver innovative, high-performance packaging materials for medical devices and food packaging applications with sustainable end-of-life properties.
The Surface and Interface Group at the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Centre, Trinity College Dublin is seeking a Post-doctoral researcher to work on an Industry driven project to develop food and medical device packaging materials. A specific focus of the project is to substitute non-recyclable multilayer polymers with recyclable alternatives, where the required functionalities (barrier, antimicrobial) are integrated via optimum coating technologies. Reporting to Prof Michael Morris, the role is to perform demonstration level research in developing polymer packaging substrates with integrated antimicrobial and barrier (gas, vapour) functionalities. Roll-to-roll slot die coating technologies will be developed and optimised to deliver this specific challenge. This is an industry driven project where the candidate will have the opportunity to build applied research experience on various aspects of materials science including nanotechnology (nano synthesis and fabrication), polymer chemistry, sol-gel science, surface and interface science, coating and antimicrobial technologies.
Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post
Seeking candidates should have relevant expertise in materials and surface chemistry and polymer processing, preferably with a good background in materials processing especially working with nano-dispersions and formulations. Analytical expertise in polymer and surface characterization techniques is desirable
Key responsibilities will include
The successful candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: chemistry, materials science, polymer science or a related field. Preferably with 2 years relevant post-doctoral experience in the areas of polymer processing and film deposition procedures and/or formulations for anti-microbial properties
Knowledge & Experience
Skills & Competencies