Postdoctoral researcher in mechatronics engineering

Post title        

Postdoctoral researcher in mechatronics engineering

Research Centre

DCU Water Institute, Dublin City University

Post duration

11 months

Research Career framework

As part of this role the researcher will be required to participate in the DCU Research Career Framework . This framework is designed to provide significant professional development opportunities to researchers and offer the best opportunities in terms of a wider career path. DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework Programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally-focused environment in which to advance your academic career. The DCU Water Institute (WI) is a cross-faculty initiative of research and education on water. It aims to work with all stakeholders – a quadruple helix of academia, industry, agency and society in its research and development work. Through research and capacity building, the WI develops solutions to national and global water challenges. We specialise in technology developments across science, engineering and computer science domains with strong communications focus and policy and business drivers. These areas are reflected in our academic members in DCU, across all faculties of the University. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher on the RESTART project, a Science Foundation of Ireland funded project under the National Challenge Fund.

Background & role

The postdoctoral researcher will join a multidisciplinary research team working on the development of an autonomous sensors for bacterial water contamination. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with the team members in the RESTART project (environmental scientists, analytical and organic chemists, biologists) and will be responsible for the prototyping (design, assembly & construction and testing) of the sensor.

Key responsibilities

  • To design and fabricate mechanical parts, assemblies and subassemblies for prototype instrumentation.
  • To design and prototype the all subsystems of the sensing system, electrical/electronic control systems, liquid handling and optical detection systems.
  • To develop firmware and software solutions to integrate electrical and mechanical systems.
  • To design and test PCBs to facilitate on-board diagnostics of sensor components and calibration of said sensor systems
  • To write scientific papers and contribute to scientific research reports.
  • To assist in organising project meetings and workshops with relevant stakeholder.

Essential criteria

  • PhD in Mechatronic Engineering, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering or similar.

Desirable Criteria

  • Printed Circuit Board design – Analog and Digital.
  • Mechanical design, specification development, mechanical prototyping technologies.
  • Programming languages for embedded instrumentation such as C#, C++, Python.
  • Experience in working with marine systems, marine deployments or marine sensors.
  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Evidence of excellent time management skills.
  • Experience with sensor systems for water monitoring is an asset.
  • High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation are encouraged.


Salary Scale:

IUA Postdoctoral Researcher Salary Scale: Point 1 €42,783– Point 3 €45,322

Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with current Government pay policy.

Informal Enquiries in relation to this role should be directed to:

Dr Ciprian Briciu-Burghina, School of Chemical Sciences, DCU Water Institute, Dublin City University. Email:

Interested candidates should send their CV and Cover letter to Dr Ciprian Briciu-Burghina Closing date for applications is Friday December 22nd 2023.