SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant

Science Foundation Ireland is seeking applications for the Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG)

SIRG  aims to support excellent postdoctoral researchers and others who are yet to hold an independent research post in taking the initial steps towards a fully independent research career.

The SIRG award provides an opportunity for excellent early-career-stage investigators to carry out their own research project in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The award provides a contribution to the salary for the Starting Investigator (SI) and also provides funding for a postgraduate student, who will be primarily supervised by the SI. The SI will work with an associated mentor, who will provide the necessary support and infrastructure for the project to take place. €425,000 direct costs over a period of four years and covers the salary of the SI and the stipend and fees of a postgraduate student.

One of SFI’s Agenda 2020 KPI targets is to increase the proportion of female award holders to 30% by 2020. Research Bodies will be permitted to put forward a maximum of 12 candidates for the submission of a proposal to the SFI SIRG Programme 2018. A maximum of six candidates, out of the 12 permitted from each eligible research body, may be male candidates.

If you are a postdoctoral researcher with a track record in the area of applied mathematics or statistics and are interested in applying to this programme with MACSI at the University of Limerick please contact MACSI@ul.ie with your CV.  An eligibility is available here.

European Study Group with Industry (ESGI128) June 12-16th in Limerick

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MACSI looks forward to welcoming SIAM members to Limerick for the 128th European Study Group with Industry. The 2017 Irish Study Group takes place on the earlier dates of 12-16th of June.

Registration, details of already registered participants and problems can be found on our website  

Postgraduate and early career researchers with a scientific or engineering background are encouraged to attend the NUI Galway hosted four-day modelling workshop the week before ESGI128 (Tues June 6th to Fri 9th) supported by the MINET Cost Action.  Participants will take part in team-based modelling of real-world, industry-driven problems.  More information and registration available here.

VACANCY: Post Doctoral Researcher in Mathematical Modelling for use in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

VACANCY: Post Doctoral Researcher in Mathematical Modelling for use in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Salary Scale: €37,750 – € 46,225 p.a.

The Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) is Ireland’s largest applied and industrial mathematics group and works closely with scientists and industrial companies across a wide variety of sectors including the Pharmaceutical sector. MACSI’s aim is to foster new collaborative research, in particular on problems that arise in industry through the application of cutting-edge mathematical and modelling techniques. The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) is hosted by the University of Limerick with core funding of €1M per annum from the Irish government (Enterprise Ireland and the IDA Ireland). PMTC, established in December 2013, is led by an industry steering board with an active research program driven by its industry members. Companies access PMTC to create projects and execute world-beating industry-r issues.

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The successful candidate will join the PMTC and MACSI teams as part of the “Soft sensor modelling tools” theme of the PMTC Research Programme.

Cleaning of equipment is a crucial but time-consuming step in pharmaceutical manufacture, and there is potential for significant increases in manufacturing efficiency if improved cleaning protocols are developed. This successful candidate will work on a project which will assist the development of new cleaning protocols by developing and analysing mathematical models based on differential equations of the interactions of adherents and solvents on different surfaces. The candidate will work with PMTC partners to meet industrial needs. The candidate will have good communication skills and be expected to contribute to marketing and promotion activities of both PMTC and MACSI within the University and outside.

 

DESCRIPTION:

Responsibilities

·         Participate in collaborative research with industry and across the University of Limerick.

·         Publish and present research outcomes.

·         Identify new opportunities for industrial and interdisciplinary research.

·         Identify and exploit funding opportunities.

·         Organise research workshops.

Essential

·   A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) completed, or near completion in mathematical modelling or related discipline with significant modelling and computational content.

·    Highly proficient in the use of at least one high-level computing language (e.g., MATLAB, Python etc).

·         Well-developed ability to communicate technical concepts to non-experts.

·         Ability to liaise and collaborate with other researchers in the university and Industrial clients.

Desirable

  • Experience in model development for use within the pharmaceutical or related industry.
  • Previous industrial experience.
  • Experience of Industrial Research & Development and be fully aware of the importance of Intellectual Property management and protection.
  • Demonstrated strong organisational skills.
  • Evidence of participation in interdisciplinary research projects.

Further information for applicants and application material is available online from: http://www.ul.ie/hrvacancies/