Established Professor of Marine Biodiscovery REF

Established Professor of Marine Biodiscovery
REF: 007704
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Job Advertisement
Job Description
Eligibility Requirements
Supplementary Information
Competency Framework for Professorship Role at NUI Galway
Information on Application and Appointment Procedures
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Established Professor of Marine Biodiscovery
Post Title & Subject Area
Post Duration
Reports to
Established Professor of Marine Biodiscovery
Established Professor
Head of School
The National University of Ireland Galway invites applications for the post of
Established Professor of Marine Biodiscovery. NUI Galway seeks to make a senior
professorial appointment in the area of Marine Biodiscovery, based within the School
of Chemistry. This is a permanent full-time appointment that will provide academic
leadership within the Marine Institute-funded Beaufort Marine Research Project in
Marine Biodiscovery
This post is linked to the Beaufort Marine Research Awards scheme, an initiative of
the Irish Government, which is co-ordinated by the Marine Institute
( The Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery award supports
researchers based at NUI Galway, Queen's University, Belfast, and University
College Cork.
The post-holder will provide strategic scientific leadership at national and
international levels in the area of Marine Natural Products Chemistry. In this national
role the post-holder will develop research partnerships with third-level institutions and
industry, in areas relevant to Ireland’s emerging marine economy.
Candidates for this position should have:
Experience in isolation and the structural determination of marine natural
products, or a closely related field;
A proven capacity for accessing national and international research funding;
The demonstrated potential to provide scientific leadership to major multipartner collaborative research programmes;
Outstanding, proven research leadership capabilities:
An excellent research and publication profile; and
A record of working with industry, undergraduate teaching and of mentoring
PhD students.
The successful candidate will be based in the School of Chemistry and will work
closely with the Ryan Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy
(,the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science
(, and the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal
Change ( at National University of Ireland Galway, other
academic and industry partners, and the Marine Institute (
The candidate will be expected to instruct undergraduates and post-graduates,
supervise or co-supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, including
senior researchers, and assist in shaping the undergraduate and postgraduate
programmes of the Schools of Chemistry and Natural Sciences, particularly in
relation to Chemistry, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry, Marine Science and
Biotechnology, at NUI Galway.
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For informal discussion please contact: Prof. Paul V. Murphy, Head of School of
Chemistry, National University of Ireland Galway. Tel: +353 91 492465; email:
[email protected]
Additional information on the School is available at
Information on the University's Strategic Plan is available at:
€106,515 to €136,275 p.a.
(This appointment will be made on the Established Professor scale in line with
current Government pay policy)
(For pre 1995 public sector entrants in Ireland, the D class Salary rates will apply)
Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (GMT) on Thursday, 27th
November 2014. It will not be possible to consider applications received after
the closing date.
Garda vetting may apply.
For more information and Application Form please see website: Applications should be submitted online.
Please note that appointment to posts advertised will be dependent upon University
approval, together with the terms of the Employment Control Framework for the
higher education sector.
National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.
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The National University of Ireland Galway is a student-centred, research-intensive
University of international standing, with a staff committed to excellence. The
University has developed unique strengths in delivering a stimulating learning
environment and provides leadership in key scientific, economic, social, and cultural
National University of Ireland Galway has recently had funding from the Irish Marine
Institute through the Beaufort Research Awards. The Marine Institute is the national
agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation
(RTDI) in Ireland. A major focus of the Marine Institute is developing research
initiatives and programmes that help to realise the economic potential of Ireland's 90
million hectare marine resource. The Marine Institute promotes the sustainable
development of Ireland’s marine sector by the provision of dedicated research funds
to research institutions and industry; by providing funding essential scientific
services; and other activities that safeguard Ireland’s marine environment.
To further enhance the University’s mission, applications are now invited for the post
of Professor of Marine Biodiscovery within the School of Chemistry at NUI Galway.
This post will work closely in collaboration with academic staff at NUI Galway who
are currently involved in Marine Science related research and in doing so will build
stronger links between natural products chemistry and marine science expertise in
the University as well as outside the University.
The School of Chemistry is established within the College of Science, and has a
long-established international reputation for both teaching and research. The School
currently numbers 14 academic staff, who contribute to its teaching and research
activities. The School graduates approximately 35 honours B.Sc. students from its
four-year undergraduate B.Sc. in Chemistry course and ~12 Ph.D.s each year. The
School is also involved in service teaching. Thus the total numbers of first-, secondand third-year undergraduate students are approximately 920, 150 and 60
respectively. A B.Sc. degree in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry was introduced in 2008
with a current intake of ~20 students per year.
Current academic members of staff in the School of Chemistry are actively engaged
in scholarship and research. Current research areas of interest in the School include
Environmental Chemistry & Energy, and Biomedical Chemistry / Chemical Biology.
The School has made a number of appointments recently in Organic Synthesis,
Bioorganic Chemistry, Protein Chemistry and NMR, Bioinorganic Chemistry,
Medicinal Chemistry, Theoretical and Biophysical Chemistry. Members of the School
and Discipline have strong interactions with the University’s Research Institutes,
including the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science and the Ryan
Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy and also with other Schools across the
University. Further details can be obtained in the supporting documentation and web
sites listed therein. Members of the School have strong interactions with Industry in
some areas.
Additional information on the
Applicants for the Professorship should have relevant expertise in Natural Products
Chemistry and experience of substantial elements of the chain of activities involved
in Marine Biodiscovery. Ideally the successful candidate will be committed to work on
the isolation and structural determination of compounds with applications in
medicine, materials and food, derived from marine sources. Additional experience
and interest in synthesis, semi-synthesis or biosynthesis of natural products from
marine sources would also be desirable. It will also be an advantage if a candidate’s
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interests are a good fit to the strategic goals of the University and further strengthen
interactions with some of the University’s Research Institutes.
The successful candidate shall possess:
 The capacity to provide dynamic academic leadership in the development of a
natural products research programme in support of a national effort in Marine
Biotechnology and generally in the promotion of teaching and research in
related areas;
 A proven capability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional environment;
 An internationally-recognised track record for high-quality research in a
relevant area as evidenced by an exceptional publication record in topranking, peer-reviewed international journals, a proven ability to develop
innovative research together with demonstrated success in competing for
funding at national and international levels;
 A strong commitment to excellence in teaching and learning at all levels
within the University as evidenced by significant experience of course delivery
and design and a willingness to develop new courses at NUI Galway;
 The capacity to represent NUI Galway effectively both nationally and
internationally in securing funding for major research programmes related to
marine science research;
 To build new collaborations within and outside the University with research
institutions and industry in areas related to marine biotechnology, in particular
contributing to integrating the current Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery
Programme and other NUI Galway based marine biotechnology projects
within a broader National Programme of Marine Biotechnology and making
the case for new funding.
 Excellent interpersonal, communication and other relevant skills appropriate
to the role; and
 A willingness to participate in the overall academic life of the University.
Purpose of Post
The post holder will provide leadership in the development of Natural Products
Chemistry (Isolation, structural determination and exploitation) within the School of
Chemistry and generally in the promotion of teaching and research, and will promote
the National Programme of Marine Biotechnology research in collaboration with the
University’s Ryan Institute, the national Marine Institute, and collaborating research
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The post-holder duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Scientific leadership to the National Marine Biotechnology Programme
The post-holder will provide scientific leadership to enable the development of
the National Programme in Marine Biotechnology working collaboratively with
the Marine Institute, and other relevant marine related projects in Ireland.
The post-holder will develop strong relationships with elements of Irish
industry that are positioned to commercialise research outputs from marine
biotechnology related research.
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To give instruction and supervision, as directed by the Head of School, to students of the
University in courses and programmes organised the School or to which the School
contributes to another School or College. Such duties to include curriculum and course
design, preparation and delivery of lectures, tutorials, project supervision and general
examination and other assessment responsibilities. The post-holder is also required to be
available to students for academic counselling and advice. In some disciplines, academic
activities may also include laboratory, workshop or clinical instruction, supervision of
fieldwork, site visits and other off-campus activities.
The post-holder will show a commitment to teaching at all levels within the
University and will personally engage in undergraduate and postgraduate
teaching activities as directed by the Head of the School of Chemistry.
To engage in research and other creative and innovative activity as appropriate to the
discipline. The post-holder is required to disseminate their research in academic
publications, other outlets as appropriate and to participate in postgraduate supervision.
The post-holder is encouraged to engage in initiatives to seek research funding, as
appropriate. The post-holder is also encouraged to promote and engage in the
development of collaborative research.
The post-holder will engage in research and publish in an area of Marine
Natural Products Chemistry that is a reasonable fit with the strategic goals of
the University and that will strengthen interactions with Marine Researchers at
the Ryan Institute and other University Research Institutes nationally and
The post-holder will make applications to funding agencies, including national
and international funding bodies, to support his/her research programme,
including the potential support of students and/or postdoctoral fellows.
The post-holder will be proactive in inviting Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to
participate in research projects and in providing active supervision for them.
The post-holder will be involved in supervision of post-doctoral researchers.
Contribution and Scholarly Activity
To participate in academic administration at School, College and University levels as part
of their contribution to the University. To engage with the wider community regionally,
nationally and internationally from a civic, economic, social and cultural perspective as a
contribution to the life of the University. In representing the University externally, the postholder is expected to maintain the highest professional standards, thereby enhancing the
reputation of the University. The post-holder is expected to engage in scholarly activity
such as, but not limited to, refereeing of journals, membership of discipline related advisory
bodies and peer review panels and work associated with external examinership.
The post-holder will provide dynamic academic and administrative leadership
in the development of the School of Chemistry in association with the Head of
the School, and generally in the promotion of teaching and research.
The post-holder will, as required by the Head, represent effectively the
discipline, and the School, within and outside of the University.
The post-holder will have the capacity and willingness to act as Head of
The post holder may be asked to assume other positions of responsibility
within the School, for an agreed term upon or during the period of
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The post-holder will have a willingness to participate in the overall life of the
The post-holder shall carry out these duties under the direction of the Head of the School
or of an authorised senior member of the staff of the School.
The post-holder shall be a member of College/Colleges in accordance with University
Essential Requirements:
Normally, a PhD or equivalent in relevant area
Formal lecturing experience including course development
Supervision of PhD students
Specified areas of expertise
Exceptional publication record in top-ranked peer-reviewed international
Evidence of obtaining significant funding from national and international
sources as a Principal Investigator
Lead a research group with postgraduate students
Capacity to provide dynamic academic and administrative leadership
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to a potential
leadership role
A willingness to participate in the overall academic life of the University
A willingness to contribute to develop a Marine Biotechnology Programme for
D.Sc. or equivalent
Research area a reasonable fit to the strategic goals of the University
Experience of collaboration with industry and in the commercialisation of
research outputs
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The National Marine Biotechnology Programme and position of the of Beaufort
Marine Biodiscovery Project
The National Biotechnology Programme was scoped and developed by the Marine
Institute over a number of years with significant input and involvement of the National
University of Ireland Galway, by senior figures from other universities, by industry
and by international experts. The Programme is ambitious in its scope and objectives
and represents a far-reaching and research-intensive extension of Ireland’s utilisation
of its marine bioresources. In short, this is a new and strategically significant
development for Ireland. The Beaufort Biodiscovery Project is a foundation project,
along with other projects such as NutraMara in the evolving National Marine
Biotechnology Programme. The Beaufort Biodiscovery Project is a co-ordinated set
of research collaborations involving a wide range of disciplines and partners.
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School of Chemistry, NUI Galway
Links to specific research projects can be found on the School research web page at
School of Chemistry Research Strategy
Summary: The School of Chemistry has strengths in synthesis, natural product
synthesis, structure determination, theoretical and computational chemistry,
analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry,
natural products chemistry and marine biodiscovery, medicinal chemistry and
materials chemistry. In recent years the Schools output in terms of peer reviewed
publications has grown significantly. The School has graduated ~350 PhD students
since 1970. More than 60% of these graduates are employed in Irish Industry with
the remainder working in the public sector or in education. A number have
successful careers outside Ireland. Research activity within the School of Chemistry
involves over 70 postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the following
research areas:
Analytical Chemistry: There are research themes concerned with the
implementation of spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chemometrics based methods
for the development of new analytical methods. Application areas include biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical production processes, environmental sensing,
petroleum characterization, and materials for medical devices. The School has top
quality MS, NMR (400, 500 and 600 MHz) & X-ray facilities. There is also access to
various microscopy techniques. These analytical facilities are used throughout the
Synthesis & Mechanism: More than half the School’s research students are
engaged in synthesis as part of their research. This includes natural products
synthesis, heterocycles, asymmetric synthesis, photochemistry, inorganic materials,
biopharmaceutical synthesis.
Chemistry Advancing Biology & Medicine: This involves development of
biomaterials with potential application in drug delivery. There is also interest in
magnetic materials, and new bioactive compounds. The latter have potential as
therapeutics for areas such as cancer and infection. There is expertise in
carbohydrates, glycoconjugates, proteins, heterocyclic molecules and natural
products their development as bioactive agents. Targets include DNA, lectins, and
various protein targets, including protein-protein interactions. Design of bioactive
compounds is carried out using computational techniques.
Green Chemistry and Energy: Research is concerned with developing the fuels and
green chemistry of the future. There are projects in combustion chemistry,
biomolecular electronics, energy and environmentally friendly synthesis of small
molecules and macromolecules.
Combustion Chemistry Research: The Combustion Chemistry Centre, C3 is
engaged in fundamental research on the combustion of fossil and biofuels.
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Combustion is the ultimate interdisciplinary field: it requires knowledge of chemistry,
physics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and mathematics. In addition, combustion
science has a well defined purpose in society today, facilitating the study and
analysis of problems associated with the generation of air pollutants. C3 is concerned
with the application of combustion research to the design of energy-efficient engine
and gas turbine combustion systems and the impact of their use on toxic and
greenhouse gas emissions, thus helping address the problems of urban air pollution
and climate change.
Natural Products Chemistry and Marine Biodiscovery: This research covers drug
discovery from natural sources, particularly from Irish marine organisms. It is
expected that the person appointed will build strength in this area for the School of
Chemistry, Ryan Institute and the University.
Programmes available
The School of Chemistry is responsible for two BSc programmes (Chemistry &
Biopharmaceutical Chemistry).
The School of Chemistry will introduce a Masters of Research in Chemistry (M Res
Chem in 2015/6 and this programme will include a 6 month research project for each
Structured PhD in Chemistry, full-time. This normally involves the student working
under supervision of one of the academic staff of the School.
Summary of research areas of interest to academic staff members
F. Aldabbagh
Organic and Polymer Synthesis & Mechanism, Cancer Research, Heterocyclic
Chemistry, Radicals (incl. photochemistry), Polymerizations (incl. controlled/living),
Supercritical Carbon Dioxide.
P. Crowley
Molecular Recognition, Protein-protein & Protein-Small Molecule Interactions,
Structural Biology, In-Cell NMR Spectroscopy
H. J. Curran
Combustion Chemistry, Biofuels, Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Reduction, Global
A. Erxleben
Metal-Based Drugs, DNA and peptide hydrolysis, Coordination Chemistry, Crystal
Structures and Polymorphism of Pharmaceutical Solids.
N. Geraghty
Photochemistry, Green Chemistry
D. Leech
Electrochemistry, Bioelectrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Sensors and
Diagnostics, Industrial Electrochemistry, Energy, Marine and Environmental
Electrochemical Technologies
D. Montagner
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Anti-cancer platinum agents.
P. V. Murphy
Organic synthesis, natural product synthesis. Anti-tumour and anti-infective
compounds, carbohydrates & glycoconjugate synthesis. Bioactive molecule design &
synthesis especially inhibiting carbohydrate-lectin interactions and protein protein
interactions using glycomimetics and peptidomimetics.
P. O’Leary
Organic synthesis, Asymmetric Catalysis, Ligand Design, Immobilisation, Bioactive
Product Synthesis
Y. Rochev
A.G. Ryder
Analytical Chemistry, Biopharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical Manufacturing,
Environmental Monitoring, Medical Devices
R. Woods
Molecular Modeling, Computational Drug Design
J. Würmel
Computational chemistry.
Researcher profiles with additional details
Staff list:
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Competency Framework for Professorship Role at NUI Galway
Academic Excellence
Excellence in Research
Leadership Excellence
Personal Effectiveness
Organisational Excellence
Thinking Strategically
The Professor is a leader in his / her field
and contributes to the direction and
development of his / her discipline and body
of knowledge through planning and leading
research of outstanding quality. S/he leads
others to make the most effective
contribution to their discipline and
encourages cross discipline research
The Professor is passionate and
enthusiastic about the discipline/school and
is committed to making his / her best
personal contribution through employing
excellent planning and organising,
communication and decision making skills
in order to achieve ambitious goals for their
discipline/school and to meet the changing
demands of the Professorship role.
The Professor is responsible for developing
and implementing a strategic approach to
the development of the discipline/school.
S/he is aware of the wider environment, has
the ability to think strategically and to devise
and implement changes in line with their
Excellence in Teaching
The Professor oversees the development
of, and participates in, delivering teaching
programmes which engage and inspire
students at all levels and ensures a strong
focus on quality teaching and on the
continuous review and development of
teaching skills and methodologies in the
Leading and Managing Others
The Professor is responsible for the delivery
of the work programme by getting the best
out of others. S/he ensures that good
administrative procedures are in place, that
work is organised fairly, that there is a
highly engaged work environment, and that
time is given generously to developing staff.
Collegiate and Community
The Professor values and works to instil a
collegiate approach not only within his / her
discipline / school and the University, but
across the wider external community. S/he
actively seeks to build effectively functioning
teams and networks. S/he is approachable,
collaborative, and values the contribution of
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If you are a current NUI Galway employee please use the NUI Galway
Employee Self Service (ESS) portal to apply for this post. Note that access to
the ESS portal is currently only available on campus. The following is a
link to the ESS portal:
The following is a link to a User Guide for ESS:
Please ensure that you read the attached guide prior to applying for this
post and allow sufficient time to make your online submission in advance
of closing date.
Please note that closing dates/ times will not be extended for user error
Late applications will not be accepted.
Non NUI Galway employees
If you are not a current NUI Galway employee please use the NUI Galway
online recruitment portal to apply for this post. The following is a link to the
online recruitment portal:
The following is a link to a User Guide for the online recruitment portal:
Please ensure that you read the attached guide prior to applying for this
post and allow sufficient time to make your online submission in advance
of closing date.
Please note that closing dates/ times will not be extended for user error
Late applications will not be accepted.
Please submit the following documents under the Applicant CV section of the
online form:
a. A cover letter/personal statement A cover letter/personal statement
outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you
believe your skills and experience meet the requirements for the post of
‘Established Professor of Marine Biodiscovery’
b. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and
experience in your career to date in relation to the key areas as
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described in the Competency Framework for Professorship Roles at
NUI Galway.
The completed application document must be submitted online to reach the
Human Resources Office no later than 17:00 (GMT) on 27th November 2014
Please note that an application will ONLY be considered if documents a
and b above are fully completed and received by the closing date.
All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of application. If you do not
receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application or if you have any
other queries regarding the application process please contact
[email protected] or telephone 091-492151.
All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of application. If you do not
receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application or if you have any
other queries regarding the application process please contact
[email protected]
or telephone 091-492151.
Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER):
It is a condition of the Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER) as set
out in Department of Finance Circular 12/09 that retirees, under that Scheme,
are debarred from applying for another position in the same employment or
the same sector. Therefore, such retirees may not apply for this position.
Pension Entitlements:
This is a pensionable position. Details of the applicable Pension Scheme will
be provided to the successful candidate. The Pension element of this
appointment is subject to the terms and conditions of the Pension scheme
currently in force within the University. This Scheme may be amended or
revised by the Irish Government or its agents at any time.
The Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 set a
minimum retirement age of 65 and removed the upper compulsory retirement
age for certain New Entrants to the Public Sector on or after 1 April 2004.
Effective from 1st January 2013, The Single Public Service Scheme applies
to all first-time new entrants to the public service, as well as to former public
servants returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks.
Retirement age set, initially, at 66 years; this will rise in step with statutory
changes in the State Pension Contributory (SPC) age to 67 years in 2021 and
68 years in 2028.
Compulsory retirement age will be 70.
Applicants will be required to declare whether they have previously availed of
a public service scheme of incentivised early retirement. Applicants will also
be required to declare any entitlements to a Public Service pension benefit (in
payment or preserved) from any other Public Service employment and/or
where they have received a payment-in-lieu in respect of service in any Public
Service employment.
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Assessment Procedure
(a) Board of Assessors
Applications will be considered by a Board of Assessors, which will shortlist
and interview candidates and report to the College, the Academic Council and
Údaras na hOllscoile.
All applications and other materials submitted by applicants will be treated in
strict confidence by all panel members and others involved in the
administration of the recruitment. No information about the identity of
applicants, or details of their applications, will be released to others, except
where it is necessary as part of the selection process. For example in the case
of permanent academic posts, it is necessary for copies of shortlisted
applications to be circulated and viewed by members of the College prior to
candidates’ presentations as these members of college may attend the
presentation on the day. Members of College may also view the full copy of
all applications received (including those shortlisted and not shortlisted) for a
permanent academic post by making a request/appointment to the HR Office.
(b) Interview Dates
Candidates will be advised of arrangements in due course.
(c) Expenses
Expenses are paid to candidates invited to the Assessors’ Interview (see (a)
The appointment will be made by the President, following adoption of the
report of the Board of Assessors by the College of Science. (In the event that
the College does not adopt the report, the appointment will be made by the
President, following adoption of the report of the Board of Assessors by the
Academic Council. In the event that the Academic Council does not adopt the
report of the Board of Assessors, the decision as to the appointment, will be
made by Údaras na hOllscoile (The University Governing Authority). All
candidates will in due course be notified of the outcome of their application.
The Human Resources Office will offer the post to the candidate appointed
once the appointment has been made by the University Appointing
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