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Funded Postgraduate Research Positions

Current Postgraduate Research Vacancies are listed below.

Applicants interested in applying for a research masters or PhD should also check individual Faculty webpages for information on current research projects.

 

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13.3.13

PhD Scholarship in Dept of Life Sciences

 PhD Scholarship- Teagasc Walsh Fellowship

PhD Scholarship in Milk Peptides

Two PhD Scholarships in Dept of Life Sciences

PhD Scholarship in Education and Health Science

Four PhD Scholarships Science & Engineering

Four PhD Scholarships Science & Engineering 

                                   PhD Student Research Position in Reproductive Physiology

PhD Scholarship: The Impact of Peer Learning on Developing Students Professional, Personal and Transferrable Skills in ICT-related Undergraduate Courses

PhD Scholarship: An Investigation of the Use of Visualisation tools in Teaching and Learning Computer Programming

AHSS Postgraduate Research Scholarship

 

 

 

Position Title

AHSS Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Project

A two year scholarship is available for an MA by research or PhD in any of the following schools/departments:
* Department of History
* School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication
* School of Law
* Department of Politics & Public Administration
* Department of Sociology.

Faculty

Arts Humanities & Social Sciences

Entry Requirements

First Class Honours or 2:1 Honours degree in a suitable discipline such as History, Law, Languages, Politics and Sociology.

Salary/Stipend

The studentship is €12,000 per annum + 2 years EU fees

Closing Date

April 26 2013

Contact

Niamh Lenahan email niamh.lenahan@ul.ie

Additional Information

Applicants must include ALL of the following
1. A completed Postgraduate Studies Research Application 
 Form (www.graduateschool.ul.ie).
2. A research proposal (for guidelines see www.graduateschool.ul.ie).
3. Original transcripts for all third level degrees.
4. Two academic references.
5. A 200 word statement outlining reasons for applying for a scholarship

Research at UL

Position Title

 PhD Scholarship: The Impact of Peer Learning on Developing Students Professional, Personal and Transferrable Skills in ICT-related Undergraduate Courses.

Project

 The project aims to investigate the impacts, benefits and limitations of a number of different peer-learning models and paradigms on the development of practical and core professional skills of students of undergraduate ICT and engineering courses. The project will specifically focus on the development of software and hardware skills of these students, such as computer programming and electronic design and development.

Faculty

 

Entry Requirements

 Essential

* First or upper second class degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or equivalent) or a Master's degree in computer/electronic/software engineering, computer science or cognate discipline.

* Strong computer programming skills and demonstrated experience in at least one high-level language, such as Java and C++.

* An interest in learning support, student-centred learning and collaborative learning, particularly in relation to ICT teaching and learning.

* Strong verbal and written communication skills

* Ability to write concise and accessible reports for both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Desirable

* Experience of research in an academic environment.

* Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods.

* Tutoring/mentoring/teaching experience in ICT related discipline.

Personal attributes

* A strong team player with good interpersonal skills able to build and sustain effective working relationships both with students and teaching staff.

* A self-motivated researcher willing to develop their technical and analytical skills and to contribute to the overall aims of this ICT teaching and learning initiative in innovative ways.

* Strong organisational skills with high level of attention to detail in working methods.

Salary/Stipend

 The studentship covers a stipend of €16,000 per annum and tuition fees at EU rate.

Closing Date

April 30 2013

Contact

 For further details or to apply please email Hussain.Mahdi@ul.ie. Applications should include a cover letter and a curriculum vitae giving full details of qualifications and experience, along with the names of two referees.

 Additional Information

This project is part of our Research and Practice in ICT Teaching and Learning activities. The successful student will be joining UL's ICT Learning Centre and Regional Peer-Supported Centre team and will be supervised by the two directors of these centres: Dr Hussain Mahdi (ECE Dept) and Dr Michael English (CSIS Dept).

Research at UL  

Position Title

 PhD Scholarship: An Investigation of the Use of Visualisation tools in Teaching and Learning Computer Programming

Project

 The project will investigate the usefulness of visualisation support tools in teaching and learning computer programming, a subject area that is accepted as difficult to teach and learn and that has historically resulted in high attrition rates from undergraduate ICT programmes. This project will enhance existing support tools or build new tools to support teaching and learning in this area. These tools will then be evaluated to determine their impact on student outcomes.

Faculty

 Science and Engineering

Entry Requirements

 

Essential

* First or upper second class degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or equivalent) or a Master's degree in computer/electronic/software engineering, computer science or cognate discipline.

* Strong computer programming skills and demonstrated experience in at least one high-level language, such as Java and C++.

* An interest in learning support, student-centred learning and collaborative learning, particularly in relation to ICT teaching and learning.

* Strong verbal and written communication skills

* Ability to write concise and accessible reports for both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Desirable

* Experience of research in an academic environment.

* Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods.

* Tutoring/mentoring/teaching experience in ICT related discipline.

Personal attributes

* A strong team player with good interpersonal skills able to build and sustain effective working relationships both with students and teaching staff.

* A self-motivated researcher willing to develop their technical and analytical skills and to contribute to the overall aims of this ICT teaching and learning initiative in innovative ways.

* Strong organisational skills with high level of attention to detail in working methods.

Salary/Stipend

 The studentship covers a stipend of €16,000 per annum and tuition fees at EU rate.

Closing Date

2013

Contact

 For further details or to apply please email Michael.English@ul.ie. Applications should include a cover letter and a curriculum vitae giving full details of qualifications and experience, along with the names of two referees.

 Additional Information

This project is part of our Research and Practice in ICT Teaching and Learning activities. The successful student will be joining UL's ICT Learning Centre and Regional Peer-Supported Centre team and will be supervised by the two directors of these centres: Dr Hussain Mahdi (ECE Dept) and Dr Michael English (CSIS Dept).

Research at UL 

Position Title

PhD Student Research Position in Reproductive Physiology

Project

To conduct high quality research on evaluating the effect of reducing the sperm number per insemination dose on the function of fresh bull semen stored for up to 5 days post collection. The research will contribute towards the synthesis of a Ph.D. thesis, internationally peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and ultimately a standardised protocol for the use of fresh semen in the Irish dairy industry.

Faculty

Faculty Dept of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Engineering in UL in collaboration with researchers in UCD and Teagasc Grange and Moorepark

Entry Requirements

High honours grade in a Biological Science degree (e.g Animal/Dairy Science, Veterinary Medicine, Physiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Biomedical Science). Basic laboratory, computer, data handling skills. Knowledge of Agricultural/Dairy systems. Self motivated, Organised, Meets Targets

Salary/Stipend

The fellowship provides an annual stipend of €21,543. University fees are paid by the student from the stipend which is tenable for 4 years. The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after the 1st of January 2013.

Closing Date

30th Nov 2012

Contact

Dr Sean Fair, Department of Life Sciences, University of Limerick Phone +353-61-202548 email: sean.fair@ul.ie

Additional Information

Submit an electronic copy of your CV, including the names and addresses of at least two referees as well as a letter of interest to: Dr S. Fair (sean.fair@ul.ie)

Additional Information The use of fresh bull semen currently accounts for only approximately 5% of all dairy insemination doses used nationally, however, this may rise to approximately 20% during the peak breeding season in April and May. Given that over 60% of all dairy inseminations occur in a 6 week period in April/May, the increased usage of fresh semen is a viable option. The successful PhD candidate will work as part of a highly motivated internationally renowned team of scientists, on this Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded research project. They will conduct a series of experiments to (1) determine the optimum temperature for the storage of fresh bull semen 2. examine the effect of reducing the sperm number per insemination dose on the level of reactive oxygen species generated, lipid peroxidation and in vitro fertilising ability of sperm (3) investigate the role of seminal plasma as well as the addition of specific antioxidants on the inhibition of oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation in fresh stored semen and (4) conduct a large scale field trial to determine the effects of using low dose fresh semen at first AI on subsequent reproductive performance in Irish dairy cows managed under a seasonal-calving pasture-based system.

Research at UL 

Position Title

 Postgraduate Masters/PhD Research Positions Dell/University of Limerick

Project

Research Project with Dell's European Service Parts Division based in Limerick.

Faculty

Science & Engineering

Entry Requirements

First  or 2:1 Honours degree in a suitable discipline such as Business, Engineering or Computer Science

Salary/Stipend

 PhD Stipend

Closing Date

 30 September 2012

Contact

 Dr. Cathal Heavey , DMT Cathal.heavey@ul.ie

 Additional Information

The candidate should have experience of applying quantitative models (spreadsheet, mathematical modelling, and simulation) and have studied or have an interest in supply chains.

Research at UL 

Position Title

 PhD Research Positions

Project

EU Funded project simulation based application Decision support in Real time for Efficient Agile Manufacturing (DREAM)

Faculty

Science & Engineering

Entry Requirements

 First or 2:1 Honours degree in a suitable discipline such as Business, Engineering or Computer Science

Salary/Stipend

 PhD Stipend

Closing Date

 30 September 2012

Contact

 Dr. Cathal Heavey , DMT Cathal.heavey@ul.ie

 Additional Information

The position will suit graduate students with skills in programme (for example python), simulation modelling, decision support application development and business analytics. Flexibility and ability to work within a team is important.

Position Title

Four PhD Scholarships

Project

Attribute Grammatical Evolution

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Entry Requirements

MSc or First Class Honours Batchelors in Computer Science or Maths

Salary/Stipend

Salary: EUR 18,000 + EU fees paid

Closing Date

 21 July 2012

Contact

Conor.Ryan@ul.ie

 Additional Information

The BDS group is a multi-disciplinary research group composed of researchers from Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Medicine and Mathematics, and is the group that introduced the popular Grammatical Evolution automatic programming system.

 

All four positions will be in a major new Evolutionary Computation to produce the next generation of grammar based evolutionary systems, and offer the candidates to work with some leading edge technology companies partnering the group.

 

Areas of interest include:


Foundations of Evolutionary Computation o Grammars o Parsing o Compiler Design o Image Analysis o Data Mining o Formal Methods o Parallel Computing (both OpenMP and MPI)

More information is available from: Grammatical Evolution : http://bds.ul.ie

Research at UL 

Position Title

An investigation into the utility of a computerised device for the detection of cognitive failure and delirium in patients from various healthcare settings

Project

Delirium is a medically urgent acute neuropsychiatric syndrome that is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality and poor prognosis in the elderly for longer term medical and functional outcomes. It affects 11-42% of medical-surgical inpatients and as many as 80% of intensive care and nursing home patients. Improved management of delirium is thus a key challenge for healthcare services. However, poor detection results in about 50% of cases being missed in real-world practice. The lack of an automated, objective and valid instrument for convenient assessment by non-specialists contributes to the challenges of delirium detection. A series of studies by our group over the past few years have identified a combination of symptoms of delirium that can be used to distinguish it from other neuropsychiatric conditions such as depression and dementia.

 

The aim of this project is to develop and validate a number techniques and related devices (such as touch-sensitive screens and eye trackers) that can allow for the systematic assessment of key cognitive functions (attention, working memory, comprehension and vigilance) relevant to delirium detection.

Faculty

 Education & Health Science- (Medical School)

Entry Requirements

As part of the project, you will be required to work with a selection of devices and their related software systems, thus a familiarity with technology is a central requirement. In addition candidates should hold, or expect to obtain, a first class honours BSc and/or MSc degree in a relevant computer science or psychology based subject and have a demonstrable interest in, and qualifications for, conducting scientific research. Experience in one or more of the following would be advantageous, but is not essential eye tracking systems, software development and psychology testing. High proficiency in English (in order to be able to work with individuals with delirium) is an essential requirement as well as excellent writing and data-analysis skills.

Salary/Stipend

 The studentship will be valued at maximum of €21,000 p.a. (this includes fees (for candidates eligible for EU tuition fees) and stipend of €15,500 p.a.)

Closing Date

 29 June 2012

Contact

Dr Chris Exton, Dept of Computer Science and Information Systems chris.exton@ul.ie (Tel +353 61 213108)

 Additional Information

Please send a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position and a CV along with contact details of two academic referees to Dr Chris.exton@ul.ie,  (Tel +353 61 213108 before Friday June 29th  2012

Position Title

Teagasc Postgraduate Walsh Fellowship

Project

Reduced fat/salt cheeses with improved texture and flavour'

Faculty

Science and Engineering, Dr Martin Wilkinson, Dept of Life Sciences

Entry Requirements

The candidate should possess at least a Second Class Honours degree in Food Science, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Food Microbiology, Biochemistry, or related discipline. A strong knowledge of cheese chemistry, cheese technology and analyses are desirable

Salary/Stipend

The current Walsh Fellowship rate, to cover postgraduate stipend and all fees, is €21,000 per annum. 4 years of funding are available

 

Closing Date

April 23 2012

Contact

Send applications with CV to Drs Tim Guinee or Martin Wilkinson at the following respective email addresses:

Martin.Wilkinson@ul.ie  Tim.Guinee@teagasc.ie

 

Additional Information

The candidate will be based at Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark (TFRCM) where he/she will be involved with a project team in: designing and implementing cheesemaking experiments; analysing the resultant cheeses; data acquisition, statistical analysis and interpretation;   preparation of reports and presentations as required; preparation of scientific papers for   publication. 

Techniques involved in cheese analysis will include: composition using standard methods, minerals using atomic absorption, sugars using enzymatic assays and/or HPLC, protein hydrolysis using soluble N indices and electrophoresis, free amino acids using cation exchange chromatography, texture/rheology analysis using large strain compression, and low amplitude strain oscillation (LASO), functional analysis using a combination of empirical tests and LASO, microstructure using confocal laser scanning microscopy, and microbiology using standard plating techniques.

The successful student will be based at Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark (TFRCM) and will register for a postgraduate degree at the University of Limerick (UL). The TFRCM supervisor is Dr Tim Guinee and the Academic supervisor is Dr Martin Wilkinson, UL.

Research at UL 

Position Title

PhD Scholarship-Dept Life Sciences

Project

Project involves a study of the Interactions between cheese matrix physico-chemistry, microstructure and microbial metabolic activity for cheese diversification.

The candidate will be part of a project team developing new microscopy techniques to determine localised variations in cheese microstructure and physicochemistry and the influence of such variations on bacterial cell growth, distribution and metabolic activity and thus on cheese quality . The project will encompass confocal scanning laser microscopy and associated staining techniques   will utilise model system and cheesemaking experiments incorporating process interventions  and will require analysis during ripening for a range of compositional, microbiological , biochemical and microstructural changes. 

The student will analyse and prepare data for statistical analysis and interpretation. Input will be required for reports and undertaking of presentations as required; and finally compilation of scientific papers for publication and a thesis for award of a higher degree

Faculty

Engineering & Science-Life Sciences, Dr Martin Willkinson in collaboration with Dr(s) Diarmuid Sheehan and Mark Auty, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co.Cork.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should possess at least a Second Class Honours degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry or a related biological discipline. Techniques include: composition using standard methods, soluble N indices, lipolysis by GC, free amino acids, texture/rheology analysis, Raman spectroscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy for microstructural analysis, flow cytometry and standard plating techniques for microbial population profiling

Salary/Stipend

€21,000, less fees, 4 year funding

 

Closing Date

1st May 2012

Contact

Dr Diarmuid Sheehan, Diarmuid.Sheehan@teagasc.ie Phone 025 42232

Dr Martin Wilkinson, Martin.Wilkinson@ul.ie Phone 061 213440

Dr Mark Auty Mark.Auty@teagasc.ie Phone 025 42442

 Additional Information

The successful student will be based at Moorepark Food Research Centre Fermoy, Co Cork and will register for a postgraduate degree at the University of Limerick under the joint supervision of Drs. Diarmuid Sheehan and Mark Auty at TFRCM and Dr Martin Wilkinson at UL. 

Research at UL 

Position Title

PhD Scholarship in 'Milk Peptides'

Project

The University of Limerick is a partner in a FIRM-funded project entitled 'Protection of bioactive peptides using novel encapsulation technologies'.

A 3 year PhD studentship is currently available to study the generation and characterisation of bioactive milk protein hydrolysates. The work will specifically involve elucidation of parameters which may modulate the bioavailability of hydrolysate peptides during gastrointestinal transit. The work will incorporate exposure to a range of protein/peptide and cell culture techniques. Interest and experience in the general area of food and health is desirable.

Faculty Engineering & Science-Life Sciences
Entry Requirements Applications for the above studentship position are invited from suitably qualified graduates with a good honours degree (minimum 2.1 honours or equivalent) in food chemistry, food science, nutritional sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology or related disciplines.
Salary/Stipend The studentship will be valued at maximum of €21,000 p.a. (this includes fees (for candidates eligible for EU tuition fees) and stipend of €15,500 p.a.).
Closing Date 31 November  2012.
Contact

Prof, Dick Fitzgerald, Dept of Life Sciences  dick.fitzgerald@ul.ie (Tel +353 61 202598)

Additional Information

The project will have direct collaboration with the Food and Nutritional Sciences group of Prof. Nora O' Brien at UCC and will contribute to encapsulation and in vivo studies with Teagasc, Moorepark.

This position is available immediately. Please send a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position, a CV along with contact details of two academic referees to Prof Dick FitzGerald, Department of Life Sciences at dick.fitzgerald@ul.ie (Tel: +353 61 202598)

Research at UL 

  
Position Title

PhD Scholarship-Dept Life Sciences

Project Understanding the physiology and flavour formation properties of starter cultures in reduced fat/salt Cheddar cheese.
Faculty Science and Engineering, Dr Martin Wilkinson in collaboration with Prof Tim Guinee ,Teagasc, Moorepark
Entry Requirements

Candidates should possess at least a Second Class Honours degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry or a related biological discipline.

Salary/Stipend

 €21,000, less Annual fees

Closing Date Feb 10 2012
Contact

 Dr Martin Wilkinson, Martin.Wilkinson@ul.ie Tel 061 213440

Additional Information Will involve the use of Flow cytometry and Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) along with traditional microbiological enumeration and biochemical assays. Candidate will be based at UL under the direct supervision of Dr Martin Wilkinson. The student will be expected to occasionally travel to Moorepark Food Research Centre, Fermoy, Co Cork for participation in trials and undertaking specialised analyses.

Position Title

PhD Scholarship/Studentship Teagasc Walsh Fellowship

Project The Project will involve studying the effects of reducing salt/fat on the chemistry, physics, microbiology , and sensory properties of Cheese. The candidate will be involved with a project team in: designing and implementing cheesemaking experiments; analysing cheeses; data acquisition, statistical analysis and interpretation;   preparation of reports and presentations as required; preparation of scientific papers for publication
Faculty Science and Engineering, Dr Martin Wilkinson in collaboration with Prof Tim Guinee ,Teagasc, Moorepark
Entry Requirements

 Candidates should possess at least a Second Class Honours degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry or a related biological discipline.

Techniques involved will include: composition using standard methods, atomic absorption, enzymatic assays and/or HPLC, protein hydrolysis using soluble N indices and electrophoresis, free amino acids using cation exchange chromatography, texture/rheology analysis, functional analysis and, microstructure analysis using confocal laser scanning microscopy, and microbiology using standard plating techniques

Salary/Stipend

 €21,000, less Annual fees

Closing Date Feb 10 2012
Contact

 Prof Tim Guinee, Tim.Guinee@teagasc.ie Tel 025 42204

Dr Martin Wilkinson, Martin.Wilkinson@ul.ie Tel 061 213440

Additional Information

The succesful applicant will be based primarily at Moorepark Food Research Centre, Fermoy Co.Cork and will register for  a postgradute degree at the University of Limerick, under the joint supervsion of Dr Martin Wilkinson UL and Prof. Tgim Guinee TMFRC 


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