PhD Opportunity

Fully funded PhD Scholarship to perform chemical kinetic modelling studies of hydrocarbon and oxygenated hydrocarbon systems.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • The successful candidate will:

    • Develop detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms to describe fuel oxidation.
    • Generate reduced chemical kinetic mechanisms based on the detailed kinetic mechanism.
    • Supervise and mentor PhD and undergraduate students in developing chemical kinetic mechanisms.
    • Write and publish international peer-reviewed journal articles.
    • Day to day responsibility for the performance of all duties associated with their research project, in recording, interpretation and validation of experimental data, and in dissemination of project results and outcomes.
    • The post holder will ensure research programme requirements in terms of documentation of the project activities, milestones and major key deliverables are implemented and adhered to. 
    • The post holder will assist in the preparation of periodic scientific reports for this project, maintain confidentiality of background IP, foreground IP and research results, liaise with the members of the group, industry partners and TTO office on the identification of and patent protection of intellectual property generated in the work programme.
    • The successful candidate will also represent the research activities of the C3 research group as required at local, national and international events (including talks, panel discussions and meetings with funding agencies, industry representatives etc.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Knowledge of programming languages and using molecular modelling packages
  • Prepared for laboratory work and extended periods of field work with modern analytical equipment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Experience of working on industry-related projects, or in collaboration with industry
    • Have a strong sense of urgency and ownership
    • Have the ability to perform the duties specified effectively and efficiently
    • Excellent organisation, communication, and time management skills
  • Self-motivated, high level of initiative and excellent attention to detail

Living allowance (Stipend): €19,334 per annum, [tax-exempt scholarship award

University fees: €5,666 (paid separate to stipend)

Start date: Position is available immediately.

Academic Entry Requirements: Candidates must have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours), or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (e.g., Chemistry, Petro-chemical, Mechanical Engineering

To Apply for the Scholarship:  Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to:

Ms Gráinne Morahan: email:

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to:

Professor Henry Curran: