Our current vacancies

CÚRAM continues to have vacancies on an ongoing basis for MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral researchers in projects associated with the development of biomaterials, biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, biology, biochemistry, cell biology, veterinary medicine and medicine based platforms.  Candidates interested in gaining experience in preclinical experience are also sought.

Please send an up-to-date CV outlining your research interests in these areas of research to curam@nuigalway.ie

PhD Opportunities - EPSRC-SFI CDT lifETIME

The Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Aston and Galway have won an EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training - the lifETIME CDT. 

The CDT is looking for life scientists, engineers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and clinicians wishing to undertake PhDs to develop new non-animal drug screening technologies such as 3D human cell containing tissues, microfluidic chips, sensing technologies, bioprocessing scale-up technologies, and predictive modelling etc. The CDT is designed to develop a new UK industry in enhanced drug screening to provide better medicines. Successful candidates can choose to study in Universities in Glasgow, Birmingham, Aston or Galway.

For further information please visit: lifETIME

‌To apply for a lifETIME CDT position in NUI Galway, please find details here: PhD Fellowship – LifeTIME CDT 2022 NUI Galway

PhD Fellowship

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time position as PhD Student at the CÚRAM SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices, National University of Ireland, Galway. The position is available immediately.


CÚRAM is a national, Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre that brings together researchers from NUI Galway, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. The prime objective for CÚRAM is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable ‘smart’ medical devices to treat significant unmet medical needs. Implants will be designed and manufactured to respond to the body’s environment and deliver therapeutic agents, such as drugs, exactly where needed. Cutting-edge science will develop devices using the latest research from biomaterials, stem cells and drug delivery and the support of clinical solid collaborations, industry partners and hospital groups to enable rapid translation to the clinic.

The candidate will be based in Professor Abhay Pandit’s research group. Prof Pandit’s research integrates material science and biological paradigms in developing solutions for chronic diseases. He has designed next-generation reservoir delivery vehicles with high payload capacity, programmable degradation profiles and in-built gradients of physical, chemotropic and protective cues, which facilitate spatiotemporal localised sustained delivery of multiple biomolecules to target injury mechanisms at the molecular and cellular levels. The biomaterial platforms have been validated to act as inductive templates for constructive remodelling and as templates for the induction of de novo functional, site-appropriate tissue formation. His current research focuses on characterising a glyco-host response to implants and disease states. These platforms have been developed for neural, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular clinical targets, with numerous other targets currently under development.

Website: www.nuigalway.ie/curam


The successful candidate should have a 1st class or a 2:1 honours first degree and a Masters in any of the following areas: biomaterials, biomedical engineering, chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, tissue engineering, medicine, cell biology, biology, drug discovery or in a related area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: cell (permanently differentiated and stem cells) biology; molecular biology; protein/ gene analysis; histology; and immunohistochemistry, biomaterial fabrication/synthesis. Candidates should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about developing new products; and have strong written, oral and interpersonal skills. The candidate should be able to work independently and as a part of team. Leadership skills are desirable for this fellowship. The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Prof Abhay Pandit in highly interdisciplinary and international group.

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent via email (in word or PDF only with name of the position and reference code in the subject line ) to Dr Raghvendra Bohara (Raghvendra.Bohara@nuigalway.ie).

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Friday, 27th May 2022.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.