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11-02-2008, 08:11 PM
National University of Ireland, Galway

Applications are invited for the following post:

Lecturer (Above the Bar) in Biomedical Engineering

(Functional Biomaterials)

The National University of Ireland Galway is seeking outstanding candidates for the above full-time permanent lectureship. The post will be within the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. While this is a permanent University lectureship, the funding for the first five years is through an award from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under the SFI Engineering Professorships and Lectureships Programme. A portion of this funding comes 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 another comparable grant will be made within 18 months of appointment.

NUI, Galway provides a fertile developmental environment for the new lecturer. Biomedical Science and Engineering is one of the key research priorities of the University and there has been a very high success rate in attracting funding in this area. From the teaching perspective, the honours degree programme in Biomedical Engineering is fully accredited. A new €60 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. 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 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 strong 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 €12m obtained from a wide variety of sources.

It is expected that the appointee should have a PhD and be research active in the area of functional biomaterials. The successful candidate will be expected to develop links with the major research institutes at NUI, Galway, established research groups worldwide, the relevant industries, and maintain a close working relationship with NFB and DEBRA Ireland. An attractive research start-up package will be available to the successful candidate.

Applicants will be expected to possess:

* The capacity to provide leadership in the development of research programmes in the area of functional biomaterials. Applications would be particularly welcome from candidates who have a research background in biomolecular delivery.

* An excellent record of research as evidenced by publications in top ranking scientific journals.

* The ability to compete successfully for national and international research funding.

* The ability to lead a team of researchers and supervise PhD students.

* The ability to contribute effectively to teaching and curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate programmes.

* Experience in working with industry and a commitment to future industrial engagement.

* Interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to communicate with students, colleagues, patients, funding agencies and researchers over a wide range of disciplines and interests.

Information on the Department is available online at:


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


Candidates are encouraged to engage in informal discussions with the following:

Biomaterials activity in NUI, Galway please contact:

Prof. Abhay Pandit (abhay.pandit@nuigalway.ie)

Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering please contact:

Prof. Peter McHugh (peter.mchugh@nuigalway.ie)

DEBRA Ireland please contact:

Margaret Webb (margaret@debraireland.ie)

Overview of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/hr/documents/mechbiomed_overview_2008_bme_lectureships.doc

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday, 5th December 2008

Salary: €66,280 x = €87,701 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.

Please note: An overview of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering is available for download from the academic category of www.nuigalway.ie/vacancies