Bernal Professor in Process and/or Bioprocess Engineering

Limerick (County), Munster (IE)
€114,740 - €140,961 p.a.
09 May 2018


  • degree in chemical engineering, process engineering, biochemical engineering, physical sciences, biotechnology or equivalent discipline.
  • a doctoral degree (level 10nfq) in process or (bio)-process engineering or equivalent discipline; expertise in process engineering with an emphasis on chemicals, (bio)pharmaceuticals, materials and energy carriers, manufacturing and production experience relevant to major irish industrial sectors; food and food specialties; medical devices but also chemical building blocks for novel materials, advanced fuels.
  • chartered membership of icheme or eligible to become chartered member.
    overall purpose of the job:

Advance and consolidate an international centre of excellence in process engineering at the University of Limerick. Participation in undergraduate and postgraduate education. develop a relevant masters programme in process and or bioprocess engineering.


These positions are offered in the context of the Bernal institute, a €100 million investment at the University of Limerick in science and engineering, which involves the appointment of ten Bernal professors. a new facility, the 7,500 m2 analog devices building, was opened in 2015 to house the research activities of the new professors.

The professors will focus on process and bioprocess engineering and chemical/biochemical/product manufacture. Candidates will provide leadership and direction for research in (bio) process engineering connected with the development and manufacture of current and new products relevant to major Irish industrial sectors: pharmaceuticals; biopharmaceuticals; food; medical devices. Applications are welcome from candidates with expertise in all areas of chemical/biochemical/product manufacturing, including, but not restricted, to (bio)process engineering, (bio)pharmaceutical engineering, reaction engineering design and control; (bio)process modelling and separation processes.

The holders of these positions will have strong backgrounds in the relevant fundamentals, and a sincere interest to develop and apply this competence to promote the technologies of manufacturing of present and future products. The successful candidates, from an academic or industry background, will have a doctoral degree (level 10 nfq) in a relevant discipline, an international research reputation in the discipline as indicated by multiple successes in securing research funding, leading a group of researchers and a significant publication record in high impact international journals and/or patents. The new appointees must demonstrate how their research and teaching complements existing strengths at the University of Limerick and the process engineering industry in Ireland. The successful candidates will develop their research within the Bernal institute.

A generous research package including start-up funds, laboratory space and equipment will be provided. The Bernal institute has an extensive array of state of the art characterisation facilities that include three new (€7 million awarded by science foundation Ireland in 2017) test beds for continuous crystallisation, biological processing and molecular process analysis for sustainable chemical transformations.

Applicants are required to submit a statement of future research (up to 2 pages) and teaching plans (up to 2 pages) that indicate how they will drive the development of an international reputation in (bio) process engineering at the University of Limerick.