PhD Studentships

Dundalk Institute of Technology, in partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology, recently secured significant funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Department of Education and Skills, through the “Support for higher education landscape reforms” 2018 funding call, with an emphasis on enhancing postgraduate research provision and growing its number of postgraduate researchers at level 10, within the Midlands, East and North Dublin (MEND) cluster region.

At present, there are in excess of 70 PhD researchers now carrying out translational research within DkIT with a strategic aim to grow this number, over the coming two to three years, with a target of 110 postgraduate researchers.


Fully funded Three Year PhD Studentships

Applications are now invited for 11 fully funded three year PhD Studentships at Dundalk Institute of Technology which will be supported through the secured HEA Landscape funding. Successful applicants will be registered as full-time postgraduate research students in the DCU-DkIT Graduate School. Each PhD position will be located on the DkIT campus and the PhD Degree will be awarded by Dublin City University.


Funding

Each successful candidate shall receive a postgraduate stipend of €16,000 per annum, plus fees and a contribution to their direct research project costs. The duration of each PhD studentship is 3 years. Terms and conditions will apply.


Application process

Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to aideen.gaynor@dkit.ie no later than 4 pm on Thursday 14th March 2019.

Please use “PhD application <insert: position ref number>” in the subject title. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Informal inquiries on each project should be sent to the Project Supervisors listed below. Please note, canvassing will render an applicant ineligible.

 

Project Outlines and Eligibility Criteria

Position Reference DkIT PhD 1
Project TitleLINGO proteins-novel regulatory subunits of large conductance, Ca2+ activated potassium channels
Project Supervisor Dr Mark Hollywood, Dr Gerard Sergeant
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should hold, or expect to hold a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in:
physiology, biomedical science, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacy or another appropriate biological science subject

Excellent oral and written communication skills are also required, along with the ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Enquiries mark.hollywood@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 2
Project TitleModelling of Synthetic Natural Gas Production via Biomass Gasification for Renewable Gas Grid Injection in Ireland
Project Supervisor Dr Wayne Doherty, Prof. Aidan Duffy 
Eligibility Criteria

Minimum of first-class or upper second-class honours degree in mechanical engineering or a related engineering/science discipline

Experience in (some of) the following areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Energy/Thermodynamics
  • Techno-Economic Modelling
  • Process Simulation
Enquiries wayne.doherty@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

Position Reference DkIT PhD 3
Project TitleClimate Change impacts on lakes in the global domain (CC-imagine)
Project Supervisor Dr Eleanor Jennings, Dr Iestyn Woolway
Eligibility Criteria

Essential:

  • Minimum 2:1 Degree in science or environmental engineering
  • Experience in the following areas: freshwater science, data analysis, good communications skills
  • High level of mathematical skill

Desirable:

  • Experience in use of R or Matlab
  • Knowledge of lake physics
  • Knowledge of climate change effects on freshwater systems
  • Driving Licence
Enquiries Eleanor.jennings@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 4
Project TitleWearable Sensor Based Assessment of Frailty 
Project Supervisor Dr Oonagh Giggins, Dr Julie Doyle
Eligibility Criteria
  • 1st or 2.1 honours degree in Physiotherapy, Sport & Exercise Sciences, or other relevant area
  • Experience in exercise physiology, exercise testing, movement analysis, and collecting and analysing data
  • Experience using sensing and interactive technologies and in working with older adults and clinical populations
Enquiries oonagh.giggins@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 5
Project TitleDigital Medication Management for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions
Project Supervisor Dr Julie Doyle, Dr John Dinsmore 
Eligibility Criteria
  • A degree or equivalent in Human Computer Interaction, Design, Computer Science, Psychology or related discipline
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, along with an ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Enquiries julie.doyle@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 6
Project TitleHydro-acoustic investigation of marine energy devices using computational fluid dynamics and the effects on marine mammals
Project Supervisor Dr Fergal O’Rourke, Dr Sinéad Kelly 
Eligibility CriteriaMinimum 2:1 Honours Degree in a relative field (Engineering, Physics)Experience in the following areas:
  • Desirable - Masters Degree in Energy/Renewable Energy/Mechanical Engineering.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  • Acoustics measurement and acoustic modelling
  • Enquiries 
fergal.orourke@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 7
Project TitleThe socio-economic impact of past, present and future water resources management in the Republic of Ireland.
Project Supervisor Dr Alec Rolston, Dr Suzanne Linnane, Dr David Getty
Eligibility Criteria

Minimum 2:1 Degree in Water Resources Management, Environmental Sciences or Social Sciences or other related field

Experience/Knowledge in the some or all of the following areas:

  • Water policy and governance, Integrated Catchment Management and River Basin Management Planning, particularly in the Republic of Ireland
  • Socio-economic assessments
  • Assessing social values
  • Stakeholder identification and liaison
  • Design and implementation of stakeholder surveys
  • Understanding of the implications of future climate change scenarios
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and management
  • Communication of complex scientific information to non-expert audiences
Enquiries alec.rolston@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 8
Project TitleNanostructured Graphene Electrode Surfaces for Environmental Sensors
Project Supervisor Dr Tim McCormac, Prof Robert Forster
Eligibility Criteria
  • Minimum 2:2 Honours Degree in Chemistry
  • Experience in the following areas: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Excellent oral and written communication skills are also required, along with the ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Enquiries tim.mccormac@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 9
Project TitlePolyoxometalate Metal Oxide Clusters for Novel Applications: Towards High Density Data Storage Memory Devices
Project Supervisor Dr Tim McCormac, Prof Anna Proust
Eligibility Criteria
  • Minimum 2:2 Honours Degree in Chemistry
  • Experience in the following areas: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry


Excellent oral and written communication skills are also required, along with the ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Enquiries tim.mccormac@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 10
Project TitleA Machine Learning Approach for Classification and Layout Inference in Spreadsheets 
Project Supervisor Dr Kevin McDaid, Dr. John Loane
Eligibility Criteria

Min 2.2 honours degree in Computing or a related field.

Knowledge and/or experience of:

  • Machine Learning
  • Data Analytics
  • Classification Techniques
  • Spreadsheet Technology
Enquiries kevin.mcdaid@dkit.ie (informal inquiries only)

 

Position Reference DkIT PhD 11
Project TitleAgCumulate; A study on the accumulation of microplastics in soil and terrestrial ecosystems.  
Project Supervisor Dr Siobhán Jordan, Dr Caroline Gilleran Stephens 
Eligibility Criteria

Minimum 2:1 Degree in Agriculture, Environmental Science or relative field

Enquiries siobhan.jordan@dkit.ie / caroline.gilleranstephens@dkit.ie  (informal inquiries only)


Research at DkIT:

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is one of the leading research-intensive Institutes of Technology with over €55M in research funding having been secured by the Institute within its prioritised research areas from both national and international sources. DkIT carries out translational research across ICT, Health, Ageing, Energy, Environment and Creative Arts domains with an emphasis on excellence and impact. One of the strategic goals of the institute is to further enhance its research performance with a particular emphasis on growing the number of registered postgraduate research students within the institute.

Dundalk Institute of Technology, in partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology, recently secured significant funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Department of Education and Skills, through the “Support for higher education landscape reforms” 2018 funding call, with an emphasis on enhancing postgraduate research provision and growing its number of postgraduate researchers at level 10, within the Midlands, East and North Dublin (MEND) cluster region. At present, there are in excess of 70 PhD researchers now carrying out translational research within DkIT with a strategic aim to grow this number, over the coming two to three years, with a target of 110 postgraduate researchers.