Funded PhD: Nanotechnology and bionano interactions

A multidisciplinary research project in the area of nanotechnology, bionano interactions and in silico modelling, essential to evaluate the potential toxicological impact of nanomaterials to living systems.

  • Principal investigator(s) Marco Monopoli (RCSI), Giancarlo Franzese (University of Barcelona)
  • Research theme Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Project description

A PhD position is available in the research group of Dr Marco Monopoli in RCSI for a multidisciplinary research project in collaboration with Professor Giancarlo Franzese, University of Barcelona, in the area of nanotechnology, bionano interactions and in silico modelling, essential to evaluate the potential toxicological impact of nanomaterials to living systems.

Tenure: Three years

Expected start date: September 2021


Minimum requirements

  • High honours degree in chemistry, biology, physics, or related areas with a classification of 2.1 or above.
  • High standard of written and spoken English. Note: For candidates who do not speak English as their first language, IELTS or equivalent English language test scores (for both written and spoken English) are accepted e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge, etc. An IELTS score of 7.0 is desirable, but scores > 6.5 are acceptable. Applicants who do not hold a valid English certificate at the time of the application must indicate a clear plan of obtaining the certificate otherwise the application will not be taken into consideration.
  • Strong interest in a research career.
  • Capacity to apply a multidisciplinary approach in research and thinking.
  • Basic understanding of physical chemistry, nanoparticle surface functionalisation, proteomics, along with at least six months of experience in a research laboratory. 

Desirable candidate specifications include:

  • Masters in nanotechnology, biochemistry (or equivalent).
  • Communication skills: Proven ability to communicate complex ideas both verbally and written.
  • Project management skills: Ability to ensure that project plans are communicated and that all timelines are met.
  • Self-starter with the ability to operate effectively as part of a team – is cordial, tolerant, and willing to help others, is co-operative and patient; shares work and information; establishes rapport, can influence and develop effective networks.
  • I.T. skills: Knowledge of MS Office suite and of searching for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Conscientious: Have a pro-active approach to work, anticipating and resolving problems in advance; have a keen attention to detail – from anticipating and addressing issues in advance to understanding requests and delivering quality work with minimal errors.
  • Flexibility: Can operate flexibly within a busy environment; can shift focus when required.
  • Customer focus: Have strong customer service skills. Be able to communicate with a high level of initiative, tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  • Motivated: Display a 'can-do' attitude, be committed to RCSI and its development; demonstrate enthusiasm and passion for science.

Application process

To apply, please complete the online application form in full.

Applications must include:

  1. Completed application form
  2. English language requirements – click here for more information

Deadline: 16 July 2021 at 17:00 

Please note:

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.
  • At this stage only successful candidates will be contacted to submit, CV, transcripts and other relevant documentation.
  • Only their referees will also be contacted at this stage for a reference.
  • It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the application form is completed in full on time. Late and/or incomplete applications will not normally be assessed.