Postdoctoral Fellow - Bio-Based and Biodegradable Polymer Composites

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin - AMBER/School of Physics

Post Status: 1 year contract (possible extension to year 2) - Available immediately.

Research Group: Polymeric Materials & NanoComposites (PMNC) Group. 

Location: CRANN Institute, Main Campus

Salary: Appointment will be made on Point 1 of the IUA Post-Doctorate Researcher Level 2 salary scale, (€36,448 per annum) at a point in line with Government pay Policy and experience.

Closing Date and Time: 12 Noon (GMT) on 31 January 2018


Polymeric Materials and Nanocomposites (PMNC) group ( at TCD led by Dr. Ramesh Babu. The mission is to provide world-class research in Polymeric Materials and separation sciences, to act as an intellectual powerhouse and a catalyst for the development  of  a  smart,  globally competitive  industry  sector  in  Ireland  and  Europe.

Overview of the Role:

This project is a part of newly established SFI Research centre BEACON that will perform both blue skies and industry focused research to build and support the development of a biological economy – Bioeconomy – in Ireland. The Project will require working with various bio-based and biodegradable polymers/blends, nano-additives such as nano-clays, exfoliated two-dimensional materials and the subsequent production of polymer composites.  The post holder will be responsible for making the biodegradable polymer composites by melt extrusion process using lab scale Brabender and 20/40D twin-screw extruder to characterise the biodegradability of various polymer blendsThe first stage will be proof of concept work to characterise the degradable properties of such composites and subsequently scaling them up on pilot scale.

Person Specification


The   experience candidate   must   have   a   PhD   in   a   relevant   field   such as   Polymer Engineering, Material Science, chemistry, Biotechnology, chemical  Engineering   or   physics   and/or   equivalent   industrial experience.

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

  • Preparation of the composites using Brabender melt mixer and 20/40 D twin screw extruder.
  • The candidate must have a primary degree in an appropriate field such as polymer Science/Engineering, chemistry or physics with a relevant postgraduate qualification or equivalent industrial experience.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated a proven knowledge of Materials Science (including thermo plastic polymers, elastomers and fillers) with the ability to solve challenging problems related to the development of biodegradable and home compostable polymer composites
  • Must have working experience and good knowledge with instrumentation for characterisation of composites by mechanical analysis, Thermal Analysis (TGA, DSC, DMA), FT-IR, GPC, Melt Flow Index, optical and electron microscopy of polymeric materials to generate data to provide insight into the composition and performance of polymeric materials.
  • Knowledge in developing the protocols for biodegradation studies on lab scale
  • Helping with day-to-day running of the research group, training and supervising the students, procuring orders and managing the laboratories.
  • Good leadership skills with the ability to maintain excellent working relationships with both internal and external partners is also required
  • Excellent communication and written skills.

Further Information for Candidates

For additional details on these research positions please contact: Dr.Ramesh Babu ; School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Phone: +353-1-896 2602, Email:

Please send your CV with cover letter to before 31st January 2018

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