PMTC Research Fellow - CFD & Modelling of Cleaning Processes in Biopharma industry

Posted on Tue, 10th October 2017

Faculty/Institute/Centre: Science + Engineering/Bernal/PMTC

Title of Post: Research Fellow (PMTC) - CFD Modelling of Cleaning Processes within the Biopharma industry

Contract Type: Specific Purpose

Salary Scale: €52,716 - €57,442 p.a. (maximum starting salary €54,245 p.a.)

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Dr Orest Shardt
Bernal Institute
University of Limerick


• A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering in a topic related to computational fluid dynamics of multiphase flows


As part of a new Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership in the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), a research fellow is required for a 24 month specific purpose contract.

The successful applicant will join the PMTC team and perform CFD studies of cleaning processes for a project involving four key biopharmaceutical industry partners. Based on the simulation results, the research fellow will develop engineering models that will be used to understand current pharmaceutical cleaning processes, optimise the delivery of cleaning agents, and reduce cleaning changeover times. The project will provide opportunities for the research fellow to have a broad impact on cleaning practices in the pharmaceutical industry and obtain excellent industry exposure.

Through its extensive industry network, PMTC conducts innovative, high quality research in pharmaceutical manufacturing that has direct relevance to industry. The successful applicant will be expected to interact with other PMTC researchers and liaise with the industry stakeholders on a regular basis.



• Define research objectives and carry out substantive, original and significant research that supports research activity in the technology centre
• Develop methods and techniques appropriate to the type of research pursued that add to the intellectual understanding of the field
• Decide on research programmes and methodologies, often in collaboration with colleagues and sometimes subject to the approval of the head of the research programme on fundamental issues

Income Generation/Funding

• Contribute to major research grant applications to support research projects

Research Management

• Organise and conduct meetings with research staff to clarify objectives, develop team work plans/timetables for research and support staff, communicate progress

Write Up and Dissemination

• Write up research work for publication
• Contribute to patents/commercial application (as appropriate)
• Contribute to the dissemination of research findings as appropriate to the discipline in high quality peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, knowledge share events

Policy & Standards

• Thorough knowledge and understanding of the policy, practices and procedures, relevant to the role, provision of advice to junior colleagues on policy and standards, which may include broader university/sector/external sponsor or funder (e.g. Commercial Awareness, Research Ethics, Knowledge Transfer, Patents, Intellectual Property Rights, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities & Diversity)
• Legal requirements regarding data protection and confidentiality data protection requirements

Essential Criteria

• A doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering in a topic involving computational fluid dynamics using the finite volume method
• A minimum of two years’ research experience involving CFD of multiphase flows
• Demonstrated evidence of independence such as successful funding applications or other evidence of ability to identify research needs and execute the proposed research
• Demonstrated experience in the theory and simulation of multiphase flows such as jets and sprays and/or the theory and simulation of heat or mass transfer (mass transfer preferred)
• Demonstrated ability to develop engineering models
• Demonstrated expertise in use of commercial CFD software
• Track record of peer-reviewed publications in relevant Q1 academic journals
• Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills

Desirable Criteria

• Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Previous involvement in multidisciplinary research involving industrial and academic partners
• Demonstrated experience with advanced use of ANSYS Fluent or Star CCM+
• Experience with high performance computing
• Experimental experience related to jets, sprays, fluid-structure interaction, and mass transfer
• Experience of industrial research and development and awareness of the importance of intellectual property management and protection

Further Information for Candidates:

Recruitment Procedures used at the University of Limerick (UL)
The University of Limerick is committed to the Open, Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment (OTM-R) of Researchers as detailed in our Recruitment/Appointment Procedures for Research Staff.

The University of Limerick generally uses a three stage recruitment procedure: screening, shortlisting and interview.

Screening: Initially applications for an advertised position are screened to determine if applicants have met the ‘Essential Criteria’ as outlined in the advertised job description. Only candidates who meet the ‘Essential Criteria’ will progress beyond this stage.

Shortlisting: Depending on the number of applications remaining, it may not be possible to interview every candidate who has passed the screening process. Therefore, at this stage the Selection Board for this position may review the applications which have passed screening and will select a final shortlist of candidates who in their view were most closely aligned to the post as advertised.

Interview: Once a shortlist has been finalised, all applicants will be notified of the status of their application. The final shortlist of candidates will then be invited to interview. We aim to provide at least one week’s notice to all candidates. The interview process may take the format of a standard interview and may also include a presentation – if so, you will be provided with details of this in your invitation to interview letter. Candidates may interview in person or also via our Video Conferencing facilities.

General Recruitment Timelines
Please note that applications for all vacancies must be submitted online at in advance of 12 noon Irish Standard Time on the advertised closing date. We aim to complete the screening process within one week of the closing date, and the shortlisting process within a further week. Therefore we aim to be in touch with all candidates within one month of the closing date.

Please note these timelines may vary based on various factors including the number of applications received.

Benefits at the University of Limerick
Employees of the University of Limerick receive a variety of benefits including:
• Membership of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme.
• Membership of the Income Continuance Plan
• The opportunity to join the University’s Additional Life Cover plan.
• Coverage in the UL Sick Leave Scheme.
• Flexible working practices such as the Shorter Working Year Scheme.
• Preferential rates for home, car, travel and health insurances.
• Employee wellness is a priority and a number of initiatives take place each year for the benefit of UL employees, see more at
• Preferential rates for access to the UL Arena swimming pool and fitness centre.
• Supported professional development under the Further Study Policy.

Equal opportunities at the University of Limerick
The University of Limerick is an equal opportunities employer, is committed to selection on merit and to the developing and maintaining a positive working environment, in which all employees are treated with dignity & respect. In pursuit of this, it is the policy of the University to provide all employees with an environment, which is free from bullying, harassment or victimisation of any form. You can read more about this in the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy

The UL strategic plan Broadening Horizons 2015-2019 clearly states that UL seeks to exemplify gender equality best practice in all aspects of its activities, reinforcing UL’s position as the leading university in Ireland in terms of female representation in senior academic roles, 31% of women in UL are at full professorial level, compared to the national average of 19%.

UL is the proud holder of the prestigious Bronze Institution Athena SWAN Award, the first university in Ireland with Trinity College, Dublin to achieve the award. The AS charter recognises higher education institutions, academic departments, and research institutes that put in place initiatives to address gender inequality, including initiatives aimed at changing culture and attitudes. The UL strategy explicitly commits the institution to the Athena SWAN process. Further details available on

Development opportunities at the University of Limerick
A key objective of the University's Strategic Plan 2015-2019 is to support staff development. In the context of this objective the University is committed to progressive development programmes and opportunities to enable all employees to fully develop their potential. Further information is available here. The University of Limerick is also has a ‘Performance and Development Review System’ which employees may avail of.

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Link to the University of Limerick’s Research Staff Role Profiles
Link to the University of Limerick’s Strategic Plan; ‘Broadening Horizons’

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