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PhD in nanotechnology and bionano interactions

   School of Postgraduate Studies

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  Dr Marco Monopoli, Dr Giancarlo Franzese  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A Ph.D. position is available in the research group of Dr. Marco Monopoli in RCSI for a multidisciplinary research project in collaboration with Prof 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. [1,2]


High honours degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or related areas with a classification of 2.1 or above.

For candidates who do not speak English as their first language: a high standard of written and spoken English is required. 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.

Desirable Specifications

Applicants with a Master in nanotechnology, biochemistry (or equivalent), will be particularly advantaged.

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 work as part of a team: 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.

How to Apply:

To apply, please email CV and cover letter to [Email Address Removed]

-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, transcripts and other relevant documentation.

-Only their referees will also be contacted at this stage for a reference.

Deadline: All applications must be made online by 31 August 2021 (17:00 GMT).

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.

Further information on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland can be found here:

Applications will be reviewed periodically so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Only successful applicant will be contacted and for any queries, you may contact Dr Monopoli at [Email Address Removed]

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