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Post-Doctoral Researcher in Spectroscopic Imaging for Precision Oncology

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Post-Doctoral Researcher in Spectroscopic Imaging for Precision Oncology

Level:Postdoctoral Researcher
POSTED:July 2, 2021
CLOSES:August 13, 2021
Duration:Fixed-Term Specified Purpose basis for up to 5 years, initial funding is in place until 31/07/2023.
Reports to:Dr Aidan Meade
Closing Date:August 13, 2021

Role Overview

A postdoctoral researcher position is available with the Radiation and Environmental Science Centre (RESC) on a research project funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Frontiers for the Future programme. The project aims to develop ultra-fast Fourier-transform infrared-based imaging for applications in breast cancer prognosis with a parallel development of machine learning approaches for image interpretation from multiple histopathological sources.

The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of physical and life scientists and will also be required to liaise with collaborators at the University College Dublin and elsewhere. Experience in the development of machine learning and AI-based methods for imaging data is a requirement of the position, while experience in the development and operation of photonic imaging apparatus or equivalent will be a significant advantage.

Applicants should have attained their PhD in a relevant discipline with background knowledge and experience in machine learning.

The work on this Research Programme is carried out by Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellows and is quasi-autonomous research activity. The mentoring Principal Investigator (PI) will advise the appointee on the conduct of their research which itself will be part of a research programme that the PI is responsible for. The intention is that during the employment of the appointee, they will avail of learning opportunities provided by TU Dublin and/or external agencies related to their particular research programme or research practice in general. At the completion of the Senior/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship period, the appointee will be expected to leave the University and continue their academic formation and development in a different research environment. At the completion of the mentored training period, the appointee should be in a position to take up employment as a fully autonomous researcher with another employer.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Manage and conduct a specific programme of research and scholarship under the leadership of the Principal
  • Liaise with project collaborators in University College Dublin
  • Disseminate the outcomes of this research and scholarship including peer-reviewed academic publications of international standing and presentations at national and international
  • Attend meetings and represent the research team both internally and
  • Prepare and present research findings to colleagues for review
  • Assist with the preparation of progress reports for the funding body as
  • Take responsibility for and manage and conduct administrative and management tasks associated with the programme of research in accordance with TU Dublin Financial Regulations and the conditions of the funding
  • Play an active role in knowledge and technology transfer
  • Assist in the further development of the research programme and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external
  • Seek new areas of research and prepare and submit research bids and proposals that will enhance the reputation of TU
  • Where appointed to do so by TU Dublin, supervise or co-supervise with a full time member of TU Dublin staff, graduate research
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal
  • Participate fully in the wider research and scholarly activities of the Research Centre/University and College/School.
  • Teach on undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes for a maximum of 100 hours in one academic
  • The postholder will carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the PIs or Director of the College/School.
  • Comply with all TU Dublin policies and regulations, including those in relation to Research Ethics and Health and Safety.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills, talent and abilities as outlined below:

Knowledge and Experience

  • A PhD or equivalent in physics/chemistry/engineering/computing or an equivalent subject area (Essential)
  • Knowledge and experience in quantitative data analysis with Python/Matlab/R or similar in computational biology, chemometrics, or machine learning settings (Essential)
  • Evidence of a research profile and publication record of relevance to the field of focus of this research project (Essential)
  • Knowledge of Raman and/or FTIR imaging (or other hyperspectral imaging approaches) and/or histopathological imaging (Desirable);
  • Experience of handling and working with patient samples (Desirable);
  • Experience of project management (Desirable);
  • Skills, talents & abilities
  • Commitment to high quality research
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team
  • Knowledge transfer skills

Nature of the post

The post will be on a Fixed Term Specified Purpose basis for up to 5 years, with initial funding in place until 31/07/2023, subject to the terms of the provisions of the Technological Universities Act 2018.



Application Process

Application Form

Applications will be accepted through the online application service at www.tudublin/vacancies. A CV will be required in addition to the application form. All correspondence from the University regarding your application will be by email. Please ensure that the security filters on your email provider will accept emails from TU Dublin.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 5pm (Irish Time) on 13th August 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.


It is anticipated that interviews for this post will take place on 24th September 2021. Please note that the interview date might change. The interview assessment will be 40 minutes in length and will include a presentation of 10 minutes duration. The topic of this presentation will be as follows:

“The candidate’s previous research experience”.

Contact information

For further information about this post please contact: Dr Aidan Meade at

For queries regarding the application process, please contact Rosemary Okafor at (01) 220 5157 between 9.30 and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email

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