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Research Fellow in Separation Technologies

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Location: Dublin - Ireland
Salary: €37,383 to €42,663
£33,248.48 to £37,944.51 converted salary* per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th February 2019
Closes: 26th March 2019

Post Status: 2 years with possible extension for year 3: Specific Purpose Contract
Research Group: Polymeric Materials & NanoComposites (PMNC) Group, AMBER/School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: CRANN Institute, Main Campus
Reports to: Dr Ramesh Babu P (Principal Investigator)
Salary: Appointment will be made on Points 2-6 of the IUA Post-Doctorate Researcher Level 2 salary scale, (€37,383 - €42,663 per annum) at a point in line with Government pay Policy and experience.
Closing Date and Time: 12 Noon (GMT) on 26th March 2019


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. PMNC group is actively involved in number of national centres: the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER), the Bioeconomy Research Centre (BEACON), Food for health Ireland (FHI), and Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) and Irish Bioeconomy Foundation (IBF) and well connected with various industrial partners across multiple sectors for providing novel materials solutions.

Overview of the Role:

An experienced researcher is required in the area of separation technologies for a European Union Funded Bio-based Industries innovation action flagship project (BBI-IA-FLAG) Agrichemwhey - An integrated biorefinery for the conversion of dairy side streams to high value bio-based chemicals. This current project mainly focuses on developing the separation/recovery process for sugars and lactic acid from fermentation process. This project involves scaling the separation technologies to commercial scales (TRL 7-8) working in hand-in-hand with industrial partner for recovery of lactic acid from fermentation broths using various separation technologies e.g. membranes, ion exchange resins, chromatographic resins and other suitable technologies. 

Person Specification


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

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

  • Working with MF/UF/NF/RO /PV and ion-exchange resin processes for Lactic acid separation and purification at the lab scale and pilot scale.
  • Knowledge of dairy products processing
  • Separation of sugars from fermentation streams using membranes or ion exchange resins
  • Working knowledge of ICP-MS, GC-MS, HPLC, UV-Vis, protein, vitamin and amino acid analysis, and other another analytical tools to determine the purity of lactic acid
  • Scaling up lab scale procedure for pilot scale/demo scale for large scale production of lactic acid
  • Writing papers and giving presentations on the research conducted
  • Willing to travel to partners sites for scaling and demonstration of technologies
  • 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 26th March 2019

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