Funded PhD: Polypeptide hybrid materials for 3D printing applications in tissue engineering

The aim of this PhD is the development of a new class of biomaterials based on synthetic polypeptides.

  • Principle investigator(s) Prof. Andreas Heise
  • Research theme Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine

Project description

The position will be based within the Polymer Chemistry Group at RCSI within the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre.

We have previously for the first time developed 3D printable polypetides and demonstrated their excellent biocompatibility. In order to further advance these materials and include desirable biomaterial properties, such as antimicrobial and cell binding properties, hybrid system will be explored by incorporation functional polymers into the polypeptides.

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, this project has a strong synthetic polymer chemistry approach but will also use methodologies of biomaterial science as well as 3D printing and tissue engineering (through collaborations).

Strong expertise in organic chemistry and/or polymer chemistry will be required for this project, as well as the ability to work in interdisciplinary groups.

Tenure: Four years


Minimum requirements:

  • First class honours Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or polymer chemistry
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential
  • English teaching language requirements are listed here.

Desirable candidate specifications include:

  • Previous experience in the field of biomaterials would be advantageous, but not essential
  • Specific skills that would enhance a candidate’s application for the position include experience in some of the following areas: 3D printing; mechanical testing of materials; and advanced microscopy

Application process

Please apply with an up-to-date CV, a 500-word statement outlining your interest in and suitability for the position, and contact details of two referees to

Successful candidates will be able to attend a virtual interview if they wish.

Important dates

  • Closing date for applications is 31 August 2020.
  • Shortlisting will take place on 1 September 2020.
  • Interviews take place on 8 September 2020.
  • The position will begin in October 2020.