The group is always interested in supporting PhD scholarship application or Postdoctoral Research applications nationally and at EU level. See below for further details.

PhD opportunities

Most PhDs in Ireland are funded via personal scholarships. The most common in astronomy is with the Irish Research Council, which pays student fees plus a stipend for 4 years. Calls open annually, generally in September, with deadline in October. You should contact your potential supervisor well in advance of the deadline.

Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities

The Irish Research Council also offer funding for postdoctoral fellowships. These are typically 2-year positions, with funding deadline in November.

Finally there is also funding available via the European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships program. These are available for anyone moving to Ireland from abroad, and are typically 2 years.

Current Vacanies

The aim of the project is to develop photoinducible polymers for a range of applications. The candidate will work as a part of a highly interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists, and material scientists. This targeted 18- month project will be hosted in the Science Foundation Ireland funded centre for Advanced materials and Bio-Engineering Research. The candidate will be based in the group of Professor Louise Bradley in the School of Physics, but will also work closely with Prof. Larisa Florea an expert in photoinducible materials and two-photon polymerization in the School of Chemistry. They will also collaborate closely with other project partners in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and AMBER.

The candidate will require skills in optical design, optical characterization of materials, in particular refractive index change and absorption, as well as the ability to develop optical testbeds to implement the photoinducible changes. The experimental part of the project will involve building a multi-wavelength two-photon absorption testbed to control the novel material properties as well as optical characterisation of the materials before and after laser treatment. The candidate must be experienced in building laser based optical measurement systems. The candidate is not required to have a strong knowledge of chemistry or photoinducible materials but expertise in optics and photonics is essential.

Requirements: A PhD in Physics or Engineering is an essential requirement. He/she will also have laboratory experience of building and testing optical characterization systems. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in photonic simulations using Lumerical, COMSOL or equivalent software. Excellent written and oral communication skills are also essential. It would be advantageous to have demonstrated leadership skills.


The appointment will be made for a senior post-doctoral researcher with an annual salary of €50000 per annum.

Interested applicants should submit a CV highlighting relevant experience, a full list of publications and a letter explaining your motivation for this position. The documents should be sent to Prof. Louise Bradley by email at bradlel@tcd.ie.

The closing date is October 31st 2022.