Post-doctoral Researcher

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Dublin, Leinster
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
2 months ago

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Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin - The Surface and Interface Group at the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Centre

Location:Dublin - Ireland
Salary:Not Specified
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On:22nd September 2020
Closes:22nd November 2020


Post Summary

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

  • Day-to-day research challenges that is involved in the development of coating formulations and developing coating technologies
  • Analysis of formulations and coated materials/substrates including their solution properties and surface, interfacial and physical properties
  • Experimental study of modulus, strength, toughness etc. and barrier properties (gas, antimicrobial) of films
  • Contribute to the management and maintenance of research capabilities, laboratory and associated coating related infrastructure (slot coater, lamination and corona treatment machine) in order to successfully execute research objectives
  • Support the establishment, management and development of the research team (research associates and students) and maintain and contribute to the development of industrial partnership


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

  • Significant experience in surface chemistry and polymer chemistry
  • Strong experimental and analytical skills and hands-on experience with polymer characterization techniques (strength, modulus, gas and vapour permeability etc.)
  • Experience in microscopy techniques including scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy
  • Experience in spectroscopy techniques such as FTIR, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy etc.

Skills & Competencies

  • Development of coating formulations and coating technologies
  • Demonstrate an aptitude to develop key skills in other centrally important areas for the theme, including antimicrobial surface technologies, polymer and biopolymer research, nanomaterials and surface characterization techniques, medical device packaging, and food applications of packaging materials

Application Procedure

  • Informal enquiries contact Dr. Sibu Padmanabhan ([email protected]).
  • Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 2 referees to Prof Michael Morris ([email protected]) and Dr. Sibu Padmanabhan ([email protected]).
  • Closing date 22nd November 2020

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