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Open Positions

Seeking qualified applicants willing to apply for the IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowships. Successful applicants would obtain a fully funded four-year PhD position to start in September 2019.

Project 1: Studies of novel self-assembled porphyrin functionalised nanoribbons: optical and physical investigations

Project Description

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Project 2: Magnetic behaviour of self-assembled few-atom wide iron nanowires: an x-ray spectroscopy and epioptics investigation

Project Description

Am happy to pass on a detailed project description upon request.


The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated, having a first class or upper-second class honours degree from an Irish university, or equivalent from another country, in any of Physics, Material Science, Nanoscience or Chemistry, with a strong interest in surface science and/or self-assembled nanostructures. An M.Sc. in a related area would be an advantage. A high level of written and oral communication skills in English is essential.

Knowledge and Experience

(Essential and Desirable)
  • Experience in one or more of surface science, ultra-high vacuum systems, organic materials, scanning probe microscopies, graphene and/or x-ray spectroscopy (desirable)
  • Experience conducting research in surface science, photonics, developing sensors or organic devices (desired)
  • Excellent English writing skills (essential)

Skills and Competencies

  • Highly skilled competent experimenter (essential)
  • Experimental design (essential)
  • One or more of Labview, Matlab, Mathematica, Origin (desired)
  • Electrical device measurements (desired)
  • Computational modelling (desired)

PhD Studentships:

Currently funding is only available through a successful application to the IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship application.

How to Apply:

Knock on my door and let me know of your interest! If not able to do that then prospective candidates should send a detailed CV, a covering letter outlining their educational background, research interests and motivations, transcript of your marks if available, and the names and contact details of two academic referees to Professor Cormac McGuinness with subject heading "IRC applicant TCD" as soon as possible, as currently considering applications to endorse. The deadline for preparing a successful IRC applications should be considered to be October 15th.


Project 1: This project is in collaboration with A. A. Cafolla (Physics, DCU); M. O. Senge (Chemistry, TCD); S. Sanvito (Physics, TCD); A. P. Preobrajenski (MAXIV/ Lund, Sweden); A. Sweetman (Leeds, UK); and D. R. T. Zahn (Chemnitz, Germany)

Project 2: This project is in collaboration with J. M. D. Coey (Physics, TCD)


Non-native English speaking applicants:

A requirement of TCD is that all applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language to be eligible for registration in the University at the time of their registration:
•IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall; • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based; • University of Cambridge: either Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) or Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2); • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59). Please note that test scores are only valid for 2 years.