Funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Current Postgraduate Funded Research Master's and PhD Scholarships are listed below.

Applicants interested in applying for a research masters or PhD should also check individual Faculty webpages for information on current research projects.

Date Published Funded PhD Studentship-Details  
07/07/2017 PhD Scholarship: Analysis of Additively Built Nickel Superalloy Structures using Blown Powder More
11/05/2017 PhD Scholarship in Digitally Assisted Analog Circuits More
27/04/2017 PhD Scholarship: Modelling of Supply Chain Systems More
22/03/2017 PhD Scholarship in Electrochemistry More
10/02/2017  PhD Scholarship: sheep reproductive physiology and immunology More 
06/02/2017 PhD Scholarships: Dept of Pyschology More
06/02/2017 PhD Scholarships in Optical Fibre Sensor Research Centre More
06/02/2017 PhD Scholarship: Computational Modelling of Protein-Surface Complexes More
23/09/2016

Up to 8 PhD positions in Advanced Composites Structures and their Manufacture

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04/02/2016 Funded PhD Positions in Lero The Irish Software Engineering Centre  More
23/02/2016  Masters by Research Scholarship LCD –VAL More
29/02/2016 PhD Studentship (4 years) in Cyclic Plasticity of Additively Manufactured Metals More
13/05/2016 Three PhD Scholarships in Marine Comms, Robotics and Electrical Power in Marine Renewable More
14/07/2016

PhD Scholarship: Crystal Engineering of Drugs

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Studentship

 PhD Scholarship: Analysis of Additively Built Nickel Superalloy Structures using Blown Powder

Project(s)

Project funded by Rolls Royce and Lufthansa Technic Turbine Shannon

The project is aimed at understanding the fundamental elements of the blown powder process for the production of additively built Nickel Superalloy structures. Within the Aerospace industry, these structures are applied as additional features on complex components including those with single crystal substrates.  Analysis of the microstructural behaviour and modelling of these additively built structures will allow a comparative study of how the blown powder process influences design and construction of additively built control sample substrates.  The blown powder process can also allow multiple applications of the structure to production parts through the lifecycle.  Further investigation will also include the influence of the process to identify how representative and repeatable these multiple applications are to components already used by the customer. 

Faculty

Science & Engineering- Bernal Indtitute

Entry Requirements

Application will be considered from exceptional students from an Engineering background with (or expecting to receive) at least a high 2.1 honours degree.

Funding/Stipend

 The studentship are valued  €23.5K (18K stipend + EU fees €5,500) per annum for 4 years - commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing Date  Rolling deadline until the vacancy is filled.  Ideal start Date September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Contact & How to apply

Dr David Tanner. Email: david.tanner@ul.ie   Please include the words: "PhD  application" in the subject field of your email

Additional Information

 This is a unique opportunity to work on a Rolls Royce funded PhD project in Ireland.  The successful candidate will develop skills appropriate to the metallurgy around metals additive manufacturing, which is becoming the norm across numerous industrial sectors.

 

Studentship

PhD Scholarship in Digitally Assisted Analog Circuits

Project(s)

The Circuits and Systems Research Centre (CSRC: www.csrc.ie) at the University of Limerick, Ireland is a partner in the SFI CONNECT centre for the Internet of Things and has a 4-year funded vacancy for a PhD researcher. The CSRC is a leading centre for microelectronics research with activities in data converters, power management and signal processing. The team is involved in a number of projects collaborating with industrial and research partners to develop innovative solutions in a variety of applications areas. In this role, the researcher will be responsible for the development of digital circuit blocks to improve the performance of high-speed RF D/A converters. The researcher should have an interest in pursuing a PhD in the area of digital signal processing techniques to improve the performance of D/A converters.

Role and Responsibilities:

The candidate will carry out research on the topic of RF high-speed D/A conversion and must have good knowledge of the IC cycle from algorithm development, modelling and simulation, RTL coding, design and verification. Specifically, the CSRC is looking for a candidate to carry out the following responsibilities;
• Digital Signal Processing algorithm development from specification to implementation.
• Algorithm analysis using MATLAB and Simulink.
• CMOS circuit development including modeling and test bench development.
• FPGA design and testing.
• Interface with other mixed-signal IC researchers.
• Write technical reports and Journal and Conference Publications.

Faculty

Science and Engineering;

Entry Requirements

 A minimum 2.1 honours degree in Electronic Engineering or MEng/MSC qualification with a VLSI background is necessary.
The candidate will also meet the following requirements;
• Strong background in digital/mixed-signal design and signal processing.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Working knowledge of MATLAB and modeling tools such as spice simulators.
• Proficient use of digital RTL and Industry standard IC design tools.

Funding/Stipend

 The funded project will cover PhD student fees and offers an attractive stipend.

Closing Date 30th June, 2017

Contact & How to apply

Application:  Please send your CV/Resume and a cover letter in support of these requirements to  Brendan.Mullane@ul.ie and Tony.Scanlan@ul.ie

Additional Information Preferred Skills:
Strong consideration will be given to candidates that also meet the following requirements;
• Signal processing algorithm development, particularly for data converter error correction.
• A good knowledge of FPGA design tools.
• Industrial expertise working in a team environment and project examples that showcase these skill requirements.

 

Studentship

 PhD Scholarship: Modelling of Supply Chain Systems

Project(s)

Productive4.0 (Electronics and ICT as enabler for digital industry and optimized supply chain management covering the entire product lifecycle) consists of approximately 114 partners across the EU, with the project coordinated by Infineon Munich, Germany (IFAG).  The main objective of Productive4.0 is to achieve significant improvements in digitalising the European industry by means of electronics and ICT.  It will focus on three pillars digital production (DP), supply chain networks (SCN) and the entire product lifecycle management (PLM), all of which interact and influence each other in numerous ways and on different levels.
The role of the PhD will be to develop models of semiconductor supply chain systems, one based in Ireland and other companies within the project.
The project is funded by the EU and National Funding bodies.

Faculty

Science and Engineering; School of Engineering

Entry Requirements

 Essential Attributes - First-class, upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in engineering, computer science.
We require persons with good expertise in programming, and good communication skills.

Funding/Stipend

 The funded project will cover PhD student fees and offers an attractive stipend.

Closing Date  Rolling deadline until the vacancies are filled

Contact & How to apply

Cathal.Heavey@ul.ie

Additional Information  

 

 

Studentship

PhD Scholarship in Electrochemistry

Project(s)

 A highly-motivated PhD student is required to work on a 4-year project as part of the ambitious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project SOFT-PHOTOCONVERSION (grant no. 716792), the main objective of which is to explore a new paradigm in solar energy conversion by achieving efficient charge separation at electrified liquid-liquid (or “soft”) interfaces, without solid electrodes.

The PhD student will develop expertise in:
1. Frontier Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) experimental methodologies.
2. All commonly used electrochemical techniques (voltammetry, impedance, etc.).
3. Photochemistry and electrochemistry at electrified liquid-liquid interfaces.
4. In situ spectroscopic techniques (UV/vis, IR and Raman especially).

The SOFT-PHOTOCONVERSION project will be carried out in Dr Scanlon’s group: (https://ulris.ul.ie/live/!W_VA_CV_BUILDER.SHOW_ALL?user=micheal.scanlon@ul.ie)
in the newly established Bernal Institute (http://www.bernalinstitute.com/) at the University of Limerick.  The Bernal Institute offers state-of-the-art equipment
(potentiostats, scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM), drop-shape analysers, UV/vis and Raman spectrometers, etc.) and unrivalled working conditions

Faculty

Science and Engineering; Dept of Chemical Sciences and Bernal Institute

Entry Requirements

 Essential Attributes
- First-class, upper second-class honours degree or equivalent (level 8 NFQ) in Chemistry or closely related discipline.

Desirable Attributes
- Masters degree (level 9 NFQ)  in Electrochemistry or a related discipline.
- Previous demonstrated experience with the technique of Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM).

Funding/Stipend

 This European Research Council (ERC) funded project will cover PhD student fees (€24,138 over the course of the 4-year PhD) and offer an attractive stipend of €18,000 in the first year of the PhD, rising to €19,669 by year four.

Closing Date  Rolling deadline until the vacancy is filled.

Contact & How to apply

 Dr Micheál D. Scanlon, Lecturer, Department of Chemical Sciences & Bernal Institute micheal.scanlon@ul.ie

Additional Information  Application Material: Full Curriculum Vitae (CV) accompanied by a Cover Letter. lease send via email to micheal.scanlon@ul.ie

 

Studentship

PhD Scholarship: sheep reproductive physiology and immunology

Project(s)

"Ewe Breed Differences in Cervical Function following Cervical AI” PhD project on sheep reproductive physiology and immunology is available under an EU Funded ERA-Net project, Sustainable Sheep Production (SusSheP). The overall objective of this PhD project is to examine the underlying molecular mechanisms regulating sperm transport in European ewe breeds known to have divergent fertility following cervical insemination.

In Scandinavia, sheep are successfully cervically inseminated with frozen-thawed semen at farm level but elsewhere, including in Ireland, cervical insemination results in unacceptably low pregnancy rates. Our previous work over the last decade has identified a significant contribution of ewe breed, and more specifically, the failure of sperm to transverse the cervix.

This project will employ a suite of molecular biology and bioinformatic tools, including transcriptomic (next generation sequencing) and glycomics to interrogate differences between ewe breeds in cervical tissue and its secretions. This innovative project will ultimately lead towards the development of a practical and welfare friendly method for AI in sheep.

Faculty

Science and Engineering, Dept of Biological Sciences

Entry Requirements

The candidates will have, or expect to obtain a high honours grade in a biological science degree (e.g., Animal Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or Veterinary Medicine). Experience of molecular biology techniques and/or bioinformatics while not essential would be an advantage. The successful candidate will learn cutting edge, multidisciplinary skills and benefit from collaborative opportunities both in Ireland and abroad.
Award

Funding/Stipend

The fellowship provides a stipend of €22,000. University fees are paid by the student from the stipend which is tenable for 4 years.

Closing Date 28th February 2017

Contact & How to apply

Dr Sean Fair, Laboratory of Animal Reproduction, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland. Phone +353-61-202548; email: sean.fair@ul.ie

Dr Kieran Meade, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath. Phone +353 (0)469026715; Kieran.meade@teagasc.ie;

Application Procedure
Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae, including the names and addresses of at least two referees as well as a letter of interest to: Dr Sean Fair (sean.fair@ul.ie)

Additional Information The research and course work will be mainly carried out at the University of Limerick, with complementary animal work conducted at Teagasc, Athenry, Co Galway and laboratory work at the Teagasc Bioscience Research Centre, Co Meath as well as at The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), University College Dublin.  The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after 1st of April 2017.

 

 

Studentship

PhD Scholarship: Computational Modelling of Protein-Surface Complexes

Project(s)

The successful applicant will join a team developing new computational tools to model the physicochemical properties of proteins as they adsorb on nanostructured surfaces.

The student training will include the acquisition of skills in scientific computing and application of computer modelling tools to design of advanced materials and bio-engineering.

The student will learn modelling techniques including quantum mechanical calculations, molecular dynamics and free energy simulations run on highly-parallelised supercomputers

Faculty

Science and Engineering, Dept. of Physics / Bernal Institute

Entry Requirements

The candidate must have or expect to obtain a first or 2.1 Hons degree in physics / chemistry or equivalent degree and have a strong interest in molecular modelling.

Funding/Stipend

EU level fees and a stipend of €18000 per annum for four years

Closing Date The post will be advertised until the position is filled

Contact & How to apply

Dr Damien Thompson: email damien.thompson@ul.ie

Additional Information  The starting date is April 3rd 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

Studentship

Funded PhD Scholarships in Psychology

Project(s)

 Full details available http://www.ul.ie/psychology/phd-studentships

Faculty

Education and Health Sciences; Depatment of Psychology

Entry Requirements

 

Funding/Stipend

 

Closing Date  

Contact & How to apply

Further Details  http://www.ul.ie/psychology/phd-studentships

Additional Information  

 

Studentship

 Two funded PhD Scholarships in Optical Fibre Sensor Research Centre

Project(s)

 2 PhD positions are available:
PhD 1: Research on the design and fabrication of optical fibre based sensors for pressure and temperature measurement. Particular research emphasis will be placed on the advancement of ultra-high sensitivity temperature measurement sensors. Previous experience in optics and/or thermal analysis and/or Labview will be advantageous.

PhD 2: Research on the design and fabrication of optical fibre based sensors for simultaneous pressure and temperature measurement. Particular research emphasis will be placed on the advancement of optical fibre based pressure sensors for use in novel applications. Previous experience in optics and/or digital signal processing and/or Labview will be advantageous

Faculty

Education and Health Sceinces, Dept of Psychology

Entry Requirements

 

Funding/Stipend

The studentship are normally valued  €23.5K (18K stipend + EU fees €5,500) per annum for 4 years - commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing Date Rolling deadline until the vacancies are filled.  Start Date February 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Contact & How to apply

 Email: gabriel.leen@ul.ie   Please include the words: "PhD  application" in the subject field of your email.

Additional Information  

 

Studentship

PhD Scholarships: Up to 8 positions  in Advanced Composites Structures and their Manufacture

Project(s)

VARICOMP – SFI funded project 

The purpose of these studentships is to conduct structural mechanics research into composite material structures and their components with the aim of manufacturing technology demonstrators. The successful candidates will also work as part of a larger team within the SFI funded VARICOMP programme collaborating on experimental and design work.

Based in the enviable new composite laboratories at University of Limerick, VARICOMP aims to take advantage of both spatially and temporally variable composite material properties for structural applications.

Faculty

Science and Engineering- Bernal Institute

Entry Requirements

We will consider exceptional students from an Engineering background with (or expecting to receive) at least a high 2.1 honours degree.

Funding/Stipend

Tuition Fees and Stipend

Closing Date Rolling Deadline until Positions are filled

Contact & How to apply

Professor Paul Weaver (paul.weaver@ul.ie)

Additional Information  

 

Studentship

Funded PhD Scholarships in Lero The Irish Software Engineering Centre

Project(s)

 6 PhD positions are available in the broad area of model-driven software engineering - See more details  at: http://www.lero.ie/phdposition/gb01

 1 PhD positions is in the broad area of Feature modelling and visualization - See more details at: http://www.lero.ie/phdposition/jb01

 7 PhD positions  are in the broad area of software development methods, including lean, agile and open source. - See more details  at: http://www.lero.ie/phdposition/bf01

 2 PhD positions  in the area of modelling and validation of processes and computations, within the paradigm of Continuous Software Development. -

See more  deatils at: http://www.lero.ie/phdposition/tm01

 6 PhD positions are in the broad area of software process / software quality. Among the areas of particular interest are the following:

- See more details at: http://www.lero.ie/phdposition/ir01

2 PhD positions are available in the broad area of software engineering for security, privacy and forensics - See more details at: http://www.lero.ie/phdposition/bn01

Faculty

Science & Engineering, Dept Computer Science & Information Systems  

Entry Requirements

 Normally a Master's Degree in a cognate discipline, please see specific entry requirements http://www.lero.ie/phdpositions

Funding/Stipend

The studentship are normally valued  €23.5K (18K stipend + EU fees €5,500) per annum for 4 years - commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing Date Rolling deadline until the vacancies are filled 

Contact & How to apply

http://www.lero.ie/phdpositions

Additional Information  http://www.lero.ie/phdpositions

     

Studentship

Masters by Research Scholarship LCD –VAL
Project(s)

LCD –VAL A research master’s position is available on an EPA funded project entitled LCD-Val. The project involves the valorization of Critical Raw Materials from waste electronic equipment; specifically liquid crystal display TVs and associated indium content.

Faculty

Science & Engineering, Design and Maufacturing Technology.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a degree in chemistry or materials background or relevant discipline. Knowledge and understanding of electrochemistry, hydrometallurgy and extraction techniques would be advantageous.  Previous experience with ICP-AES, mass spectrometry or other such analytical chemistry techniques would also be preferable.

Funding/Stipend The studentship will provide EU level fees and a montly stipend of €1300
Closing Date

31 March 2016

Contact & How to apply

Applicants should submit a CV and a  cover letter and degree transcript to lisa.odonoghue@ul.ie

Additional Information  

 

Studentship

Cyclic Plasticity of Additively Manufactured (AM) Metals: Experimental Investigation & Constitutive Modelling

Project(s)

Cyclic Plasticity of Additively Manufactured (AM) Metals: Experimental Investigation & Constitutive Modelling

This 4 year research project will investigate experimentally the elastoplastic behaviour of metallic materials produced via commonly used AM methods (e.g. selective laser sintering, selective laser melting), under cyclic loading, in the ultra-low, low and high cycle fatigue regime.

The study will cover an array of different materials, loading cases and histories, both in the uniaxial and multiaxial stress space. Moreover, the experimental results obtained will be utilised to develop and validate constitutive plasticity models capable to predict the cyclic elastoplastic behaviour and performance of the various AM metals, under ultra-low, low and high cycle fatigue loading.

The manufacturing industry in Ireland and the EU is experiencing significant expansion in the additive manufacturing (AM) domain, especially in the aerospace and biomedical engineering areas. This PhD shall equip the graduate will skills highly sought by the EU manufacturing industry.


Faculty

Science & Engineering, Dept of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering (MABE)

Entry Requirements


• Meet EU Tuition Fees classification criteria (citizenship and residency);
• Highly qualified and motivated Engineers, preferably holders of a Master’s Degrees in mechanics of materials, computational mechanics, cyclic plasticity or other relevant field;
• Entry Requirements applicable to the UL Structured PhD in Engineering.

 

Funding/Stipend An annual stipend of €16,000
Closing Date

17 June 2016

Contact & How to apply

Dr Kyriakos I. Kourousis, Senior Lecturer, kyriakos.kourousis@ul.ie;

Joint Supervisors: Dr Kyriakos I. Kourousis, Senior Lecturer and  Professor Noel O’Dowd

Additional Information  Application Material (emailed to Dr Kourousis by the closing date):
• Full Curriculum Vitae (CV), including research publications, accompanied by a Cover Letter;
• Research Proposal (2 pages maximum), including the following headings: 1) Background; 2) Objectives;
3) Work to be done; 4) Methods to be used; 5) Novel aspects; 6) Engineering theoretical issues addressed;

  

Studentship

Three PhD Scholarships in Marine Comms, Robotics and Electrical Power in Marine Renewable Energy at MMRRC UL.

Project(s)

 Full deatils of the projects available from MaREI - Marine & Renewable Energy Ireland www.MaREI.ie

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Entry Requirements

Essential Attributes
- First-class, upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in engineering, marine science/ technology or related discipline.
- See research post descriptions on the web link below for further requirements.

Funding/Stipend

The funded project will cover PhD student fees and offers an attractive stipend.

Closing Date Rolling deadline until the vacancies are filled 

Contact & How to apply

Daniel.toal@ul.ie or thomas.newe@ul.ie 

Additional Information See: http://www.ece.ul.ie/index.php/research/opportunities.html

 

Studentship

PhD Scholarship: Crystal Engineering of Drugs

Project(s)

The successful applicant will develop a new strategy to prepare crystalline forms of drug substances in order to control their physicochemical properties.
The student training will include the acquisition of simple synthetic skills and the in-depth study of crystallography and thermal analysis.
The student will also learn basic spectroscopic techniques such as IR, UV-Vis, NMR, EDX.

Faculty

Science and Engineering Dept. of Chemistry and Environmental Science / Bernal Institute

Entry Requirements

The candidate must have a first or 2.1 Hons degree in chemistry / pharmaceutical sciences or equivalent degree and a strong interest in solid state supramolecular chemistry.
Previous experience in crystallography and/or thermal analysis will be advantageous.

Funding/Stipend

 EU level fees and a stipend of €18000 per annum for four years

Closing Date 1 September 2016

Contact & How to apply

Dr Matteo Lusi: email Matteo.lusi@ul.ie

Additional Information The starting date is October 1st 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

 

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