An ideal opportunity for a suitably qualified candidate to gain experience in environmental health and sustainability, working as part of a multidisciplinary team (OHSRC in collaboration with a team of researchers from CUDSH, BEES and ERI). The team seeks a post-doctoral researcher with a suitable background from one of the following disciplines; Chemistry (Materials/Analytical), Dentistry, Environmental Science or Public Health.
The focus of the research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is to gain a better understanding of the constituents of mercury-free dental filling materials, their potential impact on the environment, and potential occupational exposure risks.
Post Duration: 18 months
Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
Project: Assessment of the environment and health impacts arising from mercury-free dental restorative materials.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.
The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be to develop focused research queries and systematically review the literature for the potential environmental, occupational and health impacts of substances/particles derived from mercury-free dental filling materials. To determine particulate materials present in waste water streams from mercury-free dental filling materials and their eco-toxicity. The role includes but is not limited to:
- To conduct the specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of Dr M. Harding and the research team.
- To develop a focussed research query and systematic review of the literature for the potential environmental impacts of substances/particles derived from mercury-free dental fillings.
- To develop a focussed research query and systematic review of the literature for the potential occupational and health impacts of substances/particles derived from mercury-free dental fillings.
- To determine particulate materials present in waste water streams from mercury-free dental filling materials.
- To determine the eco-toxicity of particulate materials present in waste water streams from mercury-free dental filling materials.
- To engage in recommended training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
- To engage in the write up and dissemination of the results of the research with the support of and under the supervision of Dr M. Harding and the research team.
- To contribute to publications of the research outcomes in peer reviewed journals.
- To contribute to costing of research grant proposals and to assist in the financial management of a research project.
- To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
- To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the OHSRC, CUDSH, BEES and ERI.
- To interact closely with the postgraduate research students studying for a Masters or PhD degrees and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day-to-day research in conjunction with their academic supervisor(s).
- To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
- To gain experience in grant writing.
- To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
- A PhD qualification in one of the specified scientific disciplines.
- Appropriate research experience.
- A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project to gain a better understanding of the potential impact on the environment, and potential occupational exposure risks of mercury-free dental filling materials.
- Research experience involving but not limited to developing focussed search queries, and systematic searching of the literature, in one of the specified scientific disciplines.
- Competence and accomplishment in the determination of particulate matter or the toxicity and potential hazards of micro and nano particles in wastewater.
- The ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
- Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
- Capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
- Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:
Name: Dr. Máiréad Harding
Title: Senior Lecturer, Dental Public Health, Deputy Director, Oral Health Services Research Centre, University Dental School and Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland.
Email Address: M.Harding@ucc.ie