World Leaders in Research

Welcome to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's premier university and one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities. Trinity’s 400-year tradition of excellence in education and research is founded on recruiting and supporting researchers of the highest calibre. Attracting leading international Research Professors is also a critical part of the Irish Government’s strategy to build research capacity in key areas of economic importance. These targeted areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will receive the bulk of the €500 million currently available for scientific research in the national budget.

Ireland is truly a world-class location for leading edge research and is currently ranked first in the world in terms of research impact for immunology, third for nanoscience, fourth in computer science and sixth for materials science - due in no small part to the excellence of Trinity’s researchers. Trinity has invested hundreds of millions in buildings and equipment over the last five years to support new projects, including a number of flagship research centres. The Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), for example, is a €131 million state-of-the-art research facility, which brings together more than 700 researchers in one building with the common goal of addressing major challenges in health and disease through leading-edge scientific research. The Naughton Institute, a €100 million state-of-the-art science facility, houses Ireland’s first purpose-built nanoscience research institute, the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN). CRANN has received substantial government investment, €74 million of which has come in research grants through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). In addition to the substantive national funding available to researchers, Ireland also secures significant research funds from Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme 2014-2020.

We are continually seeking to recruit research leaders to contribute to our mission. To this end we are currently joining with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in an initiative to attract the world’s top research talent in science and engineering to Ireland and Trinity. The Targeted TCD-SFI Research Professorship Programme 2014 will provide an attractive remuneration package and research funding of approximately €5 million for a five-year research programme to each successful applicant. This funding is perhaps the most generous package available to stellar researchers surpassing ERC advanced grants, which offer a maximum of €3.5 million over five years. These SFI grants can also be used by current ERC award holders to supplement their research activities. This prestigious scheme is open to Research Professors with world-class research profiles who are undertaking research in the areas of key national importance and priority listed below.  If you are a research leader who wants to be a part of our future contact us today.

Candidate Profile

Successful candidates will be outstanding researchers in academia or industry, recognised as one of the world-leaders in their discipline, with a demonstrated capacity for strategic and dynamic directorship on an international stage.

As successful candidates will be iconic appointments for Ireland, they will meet many, if not all, of the following criteria:

  • Hold a full professorial position, or equivalent, at a major international research university or a senior managerial position in industry
  • Senior author of a considerable volume of papers that have made a significant impact in their field (i.e. highly cited);
  • Recipient of significant international awards and fellowships;
  • Invited plenary speaker at top-tier international conferences;
  • Distinguished service record on national or international grant review boards;
  • Successful track record in securing independent funding from public competitive sources and/or through private investment (typically in excess of €5M);
  • Candidates from industry will demonstrate equivalent measures of esteem (e.g. serving on corporate boards, industry awards or fellowships);
  • Successful track record in technology transfer, technology commercialisation and academic-industrial collaborations.

Funding Available

As well as an attractive remuneration package candidates successfully recruited to one of the positions listed below can expect to work alongside researchers of international renown in one of the world's top research-led universities. In addition to this SFI offers €1,000,000 per annum for five years duration to support the research programme costs of the SFI Research Professor and their research group.

To learn more about Trinity's research expertise in these areas please visit our Research Themes page.

Bioengineering

Trinity College Dublin seeks to appoint an SFI Research Professor of Bioengineering to provide academic leadership and enhance Trinity’s research capabilities in this growing area of research. The successful candidate would also take a leading role in AMBER, the University’s Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research centre.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Brian Foley, School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

brian.foley@tcd.ie

Cognitive Neuroscience

Trinity College Dublin seeks to appoint an international leader for the SFI Research Professor / Thomas N. Mitchell Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience. The successful candidate will lead the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN), Ireland’s only dedicated neuroscience institute, in its programme of research in brain imaging of cognitive and behavioural processes underpinning age-related loss of cognitive function and novel bio- and neuro-markers of pre-Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Ian Robertson, Head of School, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin
ian.robertson@tcd.ie
or
Prof. Shane O’Mara, Director, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
shane.omara@tcd.ie

Creative Technologies

Trinity College Dublin seeks to appoint an SFI Research Professor of Creative Technologies. The post will be based in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, which has considerable research capacity in the area of Creative Technologies, and the successful candidate would be expected to provide leadership and drive further enhancements in the School’s Creative Technologies research capabilities.

For further information please contact:

Prof. John Dingliana, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin
John.Dingliana@tcd.ie
or
Prof. Michael Manzke, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin
Michael.Manzke@tcd.ie

Immunotherapeutics

Trinity College Dublin seeks to appoint an SFI Research Professor of Immunotherapeutics. The successful candidate will develop their own research program and work with other TCD researchers to maximize discovery and innovation in this area. The post will exist within the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at TCD and the post-holder will work with leading biochemists and immunologists in Trinity to lead a laboratory in bio-therapeutics design and bio-manufacturing.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Gavin Davey, Head of School of Biochemistry & Immunology, Trinity College Dublin
gdavey@tcd.ie

Low Energy Computing

Trinity College Dublin seeks to appoint a Research Professor in the area of low energy computing. The successful candidate will provide leadership in this area, develop industry links and secure EC and other sources of research funding.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Donal O’Mahony, Head of Computer Systems Discipline, Trinity College Dublin
Donal.OMahony@cs.tcd.ie

Personal Health Informatics

Trinity College Dublin is seeking to appoint an SFI Research Professor of Personal Health Informatics. The post-holder will work across the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI), the newly-established HRB funded Centre for Health Decision Science (CHDS) of the School of Computer Science and Statistics, and the Centre for Practice and Health Care Innovation (CPHI) of the School of Nursing and Midwifery The successful candidate will be a scientist of global standing who will lead the existing consortium, extend the consortium nationally and internationally, and provide leadership in new initiatives in connected healthcare.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Lucy Hederman, Director of the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI), Trinity College Dublin
hederman@tcd.ie

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Trinity College Dublin is seeking to appoint an SFI Research Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry / Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry with specific expertise in the area of Bio-Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. The successful candidate will provide academic leadership within the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and significantly enhance the research capacity of the School and the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) in the areas of the design, synthesis and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals, in particular Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs).

For further information please contact:

Prof. Anne-Marie Healy, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin
healyam@tcd.ie

Smart Cities

Trinity College Dublin seeks an SFI Professor in Smart Cities, with expertise in cyber-physical systems addressing large-scale optimisations of control feedback loops in urban environments, in particular as can be applied to urban traffic control, energy systems, air quality, water systems or waste systems. The post will exist in Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities and the successful candidate will be a scientific leader with global impact in these and related topics that impinge on the realization of smart and sustainable cities.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Siobhán Clarke, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin siobhan.clarke@tcd.ie

Structural Biology

Trinity College Dublin seeks to appoint an SFI Research Professor of Structural Biology. The successful candidate will drive the development and enhancement of the University’s cryo-EM/ET research capabilities and will play a key role in the establishment of Trinity’s National Centre for Electron Microscopy, which will support research involving electron microscopy across a broad range of scientific disciplines.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Gavin Davey, Head of School of Biochemistry & Immunology, Trinity College Dublin
gdavey@tcd.ie

Sustainable Energy Systems

Trinity College Dublin seeks a Research Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems to provide leadership and drive coordinated research in Sustainable Energy across TCD. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing Trinity’s E3 initiative (Engineering, Energy and the Environment) integrating these activities and providing leadership in joint research with other Irish Universities and national centres on the management of complex energy systems.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Brian Foley, School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

brian.foley@tcd.ie