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05-16-2008, 12:21 AM
National University of Ireland, Galway

Applications are invited for the following post:

Lecturer (Above the Bar) in Biomedical Engineering (Functional Biomaterials)

The department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering wishes to appoint a Lecturer (Above the Bar) to the above full-time permanent post. Since its establishment at NUI, Galway, in 1998, the Biomedical Engineering programme has experienced rapid expansion with respect to undergraduate student numbers, postgraduate research students, industry interaction and research funding from government agencies as well as industry. The undergraduate programme in Biomedical Engineering, which is internationally accredited, is interdisciplinary in scope with students taking courses in the Engineering and Informatics, Science, and Medical and Health Sciences Colleges.

While the post is a permanent University lectureship, the funding for the first five years is through an award to the University from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under the SFI Engineering Professorships and Lectureships Programme, incorporating part funding from the medical research charity DEBRA Ireland. Given that the post is funded through the SFI Engineering Professorships and Lectureships Programme, the appointee is eligible to apply for an SFI Investigator award and it is anticipated that an application for the Investigator award or other comparable significant grant will be made within 18 months of appointment. It is expected that the lecturer will be research active in the area of functional biomaterials, with a focus on treatments for the blistering skin condition, epidermolysis bullosa (EB). An attractive research start-up package is available.

NUI, Galway provides a fertile developmental environment for the new lecturer. A new EUR60 million engineering building is at an advanced design stage with a target completion date of 2010 and will house all engineering disciplines with state of the art teaching and research facilities. The department is affiliated with the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), which is located on campus. The Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), which have linkages to the departmental staff, have been established through major Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) awards. Current funding for the Biomaterials Group is in the order of EUR12M. This funding has been sourced primarily through competitive funding from Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, DEBRA Ireland and EU-Framework programmes.

In addition, Galway is the focus of the highest concentration of medical device companies in Europe including over 50% of the world's top 25 biomedical companies, which support approximately 10,000 jobs in manufacturing and research and development.

The appointee will be required to:

Develop and manage an outstanding programme of inter-disciplinary research in the functionalisation of biomaterials. Applications would be particularly welcome from candidates who have a research background in the development of biomaterials that modulate wound healing using biomolecular delivery.

Contribute to the teaching and continuing development of undergraduate courses.

Source and attract research funding to support the strategic development and growth of the research programme.

Develop links with the major research institutes at NUI, Galway, established research groups worldwide and the medical devices and pharmaceutical industries, and maintain a close working relationship with NFB and DEBRA Ireland.

Contribute to the supervision of postgraduate research students and the development of graduate education programmes in the area of biomaterials.

The successful applicant will:

Hold a PhD in Biomaterials related area.
Have an appropriate publication record in biomaterials.
Possess interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to communicate with students, colleagues, patients, funding agencies and researchers over a wide range of disciplines and interests.
Have the capability to attract research funding.
Have experience in research project management.
Preferably have research experience in molecular biology.

Information on the Department is available online at:

Information on the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science is available online at:

For informal discussion on Biomaterials activity in NUI, Galway please contact:
Prof. Abhay Pandit (abhay.pandit@nuigalway.ie )

For informal discussion on the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering please contact:
Prof. Peter McHugh (peter.mchugh@nuigalway.ie )

For informal discussion on DEBRA Ireland and EB research please contact:
Margaret Webb (margaret@debraireland.ie )

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday, 27th June 2008.

Salary: EUR 64,663 x 4 = EUR85,562 p.a.

Further information is available from the HR Office: http://www.nuigalway.ie/vacancies ; Email: hr@nuigalway.ie ; Tel. 353 91 492151; Fax 353 91 494523

Candidates should submit six hard copies of their application (i.e. cv, application form, covering letter), with the names and addresses of at least three and not more than five referees to:

The Human Resources Office,
National University of Ireland, Galway,

Please note that applications by email or fax will be rejected.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.