PhD Postgraduate Research Opportunity
GMIT are pleased to announce an exciting research opportunity under the SEAMONITOR project.
Project Title: Monitoring Cetaceans and noise along the Malin to Islay Front using innovative acoustic technologies
Application Closing Date: Monday, 26th August 2019 at 4.00pm (GMT)
For further information on the project and application details, please click here
GMIT’s Medical Engineering Technologies Research Centre (MET) comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers working together to provide clinically inspired solutions to Clinicians and the MedTech Sector. MET has a recognised unique capacity for designing and developing advanced pre-clinically relevant in vitro simulators replicating various parts of the human anatomy.
Our clients and collaborators include international universities, clinicians, research organisations and agencies, national agencies, industry and national eNGOs. Our strategic location within Europe largest medical device hub gives MET researchers excellent access to facilities and collaboration in Ireland’s MedTech sector. Ireland’s Medtech sector is based almost entirely along the western seaboard and GMIT is ideally located to interact with the industry base given its position in the largest city on the west coast. As a highly specialised research centre MET's research is focussed through industry engagement and academic output. MET has designed and developed novel vascular testing facilities (replicating cerebral, aortic, cardio and peripheral vascular systems). These facilities are capable of simulating and monitoring physiologically analogous pressures and flow waveforms through patient-specific models, and can be coupled via medical imaging datasets to disease types such as aneurysms and stenotic vessels. As an accredited Centre of Excellence (ISO 9001:2008) we offer the medical device industry advanced testing facilities for the development of next generation of medical devices, and advanced surgical training facilities to Clinicians.
MET is seeking postdoctoral fellows that complement this core expertise, and that wish to engage in partnerships with Clinicians to develop novel medical technologies in key areas. Eligible researchers interested in developing a proposal in collaboration with MET under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship programme should eMail: Dr Patrick Delassus or Dr Liam Morris
GMIT's Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC) is a dynamic group of researchers, academics and students working together to enhance the management of marine and freshwater ecosystems worldwide. The centre comprises ~20 research-active academic staff and contract researchers, and over 20 postgraduate students collaborating on research that enables sustainability, conserves biodiversity and improves productivity. Our team of students, researchers and scientists conducts postgraduate research, carries out research projects in co-operation with agencies and industry, and provides expertise and advice to national and international bodies.
The MFRC would particularly like to hear from eligible candidates interested in pursuing research in the following areas:
Aquatic Animal Health: The MFRC is the leading research group in Ireland working on aquatic animal health, in particular diseases affecting salmon and fish species used for biological control in the aquaculture industry. In addition to the fish health research there is ongoing work on diseases of crustaceans (lobsters and freshwater crayfish) and the team has significant expertise in examining the impacts of pollutants on marine mammals and seabirds. The research team at MFRC includes fish biologists, molecular biologists, marine mammal biologists, immunologists and veterinarians and has critical mass and capacity through a number of research programmes funded by the Marine Institute, Irish Research Council and, national and international aquatic veterinary companies.
As part of the ongoing development of the MFRC we are seeking suitable postdoctoral fellows with research interests that reflect the capacity of the team and with particular expertise in any of the following areas: immunology, histopathology, molecular biology, proteomics, parasitology or veterinary medicine. eMail Dr Ian O’Connor or Dr Eugene McCarthy.
Quantitative tools for marine ecosystem management: The MFRC’s Quantitative Ecology team are European leaders in the development and application of statistical modelling tools to questions of marine ecosystem sustainability. The team works closely with scientific and industry partners to ensure that management is underpinned by robust and reproducible science. Examples of recent activities include; the development of dynamic state space assessment models to provide management advice for European fish stocks; use of simulation methods, reflective of field conditions, to test the efficacy of the national monitoring programme for harbour seals; development of large-scale multi-fleet bio-economic models to support the development of multi-annual mixed fishery management plans; development of novel multinomial mixed effects models to infer how net design influences catch composition; development of simulation tools to test performance of data-poor fish stock assessment methods. Our approach is to continually strengthen the link between advisory requirements and best-practice science through excellence in domain-specific statistical modelling. The group actively collaborates with decision-making stakeholders to develop tools that link complex models to interpretable user interfaces, thus revolutionising communication of knowledge to support decision-making for marine ecosystems.
Eligible researchers who are interested in developing a collaborative proposal in this area under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship programme should eMail Dr Cóilín Minto
Fisheries ecology: MFRC researchers support the sustainable management of fisheries and their ecosystems by investigating how ecosystem processes and external pressures shape the growth, dynamics and structure of fish stocks. In collaboration with partners in national laboratories (Marine Institute Ireland), multi-decadal datasets are analysed to describe how marine ecosystems have changed over time in relation to anthropogenic pressures and environmental change. The influence of the environment on a fish’s internal state is recorded in the structure and composition of their hard parts (otoliths, scales, spines). By examining the microstructure, shape, and chemical composition of structures from both contemporary and archived collections we address questions relating to growth, stock structure, migration patterns, early life history, larval dispersal and recruitment processes. The outputs of this research are contributing to the sustainable management of commercially important species including herring, sprat, plaice, albacore and bluefin tuna as well as Atlantic salmon.
Potential postdoctoral candidates with complementary skills and research interests, particularly in the areas of growth, growth modelling, time-series analysis, climate impacts on fisheries and fisheries oceanography and who are interested in developing a collaborative proposal under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship programme should eMail Dr Deirdre Brophy.
Animal behaviour: MFRC research in this area investigates animal contest behaviour, animal communication, and the application of behavioural concepts to the management and conservation of aquatic animals. Current research projects address acoustic communication in fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects, the potential impacts of underwater noise pollution on aquatic insects and crustaceans, and how animal behaviour could be used to improve population monitoring of aquatic species. We are particularly interested in developing research projects that apply behavioural concepts to the management and conservation of aquatic animals.
Eligible researchers who are interested in developing a collaborative proposal in this area under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship programme should contact Dr Martin Gammell
Molecular biology: The MFRC provides facilities for molecular biology research, including analytical and molecular laboratories equipped with instruments for isolation, processing and analysis of RNA/DNA. Current projects involve environmental DNA and population genetic studies of vertebrate and invertebrate species of ecologic and/or economic importance, as well as investigations of aquatic pathogens. The broad areas of research span over molecular ecology, aquatic conservation, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
Eligible researchers, interested in developing a collaborative proposal in this area under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship programme should, contact Dr Luca Mirimin