Postdoctoral Researcher in Engineering

University College Cork School of Engineering and Architecture


Post-Doctoral Researcher, INFANT Research Centre and School of Engineering and Architecture

2 Year, Fixed-term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

The position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland as part of the Frontiers for the Future programme. The project titled “Model based decision support for newborn brain protection” is transdisciplinary in nature, with engineering, medical and applied mathematics contributions. This project is being carried within the Infant Research Centre ( The overarching vision of INFANT is to advance maternal and child health translational research and to place Ireland to the forefront of this field. INFANT is hosted by University College Cork (UCC) and is focused on delivering scientific excellence and impact through a range of activities in academic, translational, and commercial areas. The INFANT team is a diverse group of clinicians, scientists and Engineers who are supported by selected industry partners, international collaborators and business and regulatory advisors. The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Professor Marnane and Dr Lightbody in the School of Engineering and will be expected to collaborate with the project members from the Schools of Mathematical Sciences and Medicine.

The focus of this project is on mathematical modelling of nonlinear dynamics and instabilities in the neonatal brain, with particular attention to the link between the neonatal brain activity, sleep/wake cycle, and the developing cardiovascular system. This complex system is not well understood at present and there are no suitable models that fully explain the observed data. Therefore, in this work, we will use data-based machine learning techniques to infer causal dependence between different parts of the neonatal brain, changes in the sleep/wake patterns, and the developing cardiovascular system.

The successful applicant will be required to combine numerical and analytical techniques for (non-autonomous) dynamical systems, network science, machine learning, and analysis of medical signals. The successful candidate will join a team of Applied Mathematicians, Engineers, and Clinicians. The successful applicant will receive a computer for the duration of this project, with access to the advanced computing facilities and support provided within the Infant Centre. They will be provided with appropriate desk space, as well as being able to access funding to support registration and travel costs for appropriate conferences. The successful applicant will be offered the opportunity to gain teaching experience. The appointee will be provided with learning and networking opportunities to attain the highest standards of research excellence and support his/her career development. Candidates who are yet to defend their PhD thesis are also welcome to contact Prof. Marnane for informal enquiries.

Post Duration: 2 year

Salary: €39,522 - €45,609 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)

Project Title: Model based decision support for newborn brain protection

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Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Liam Marnane, School of Engineering, UCC, email: .

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 14 October 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

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Contact Person : Professor Liam Marnane

Contact Email :

Job ID : 060111

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Close Date : 14-Oct-2022 12:00

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