Job Description & Person Specification

Job Title:  Research Scientist (Biochemistry) 

Reference No.:  017158 

Employer:  Waterford Institute of Technology

Department:  Nanotechnology Research Group

Location:  Waterford City, Ireland

Commencement Date:  Immediately

Minimum Qualification Required:  PhD in Biochemistry, Biology or Chemistry


Major Duties:

  • To develop surface functionalisation techniques for biosensor technologies
  • The transfer of commercial immunoassays to plasmon resonance based senor technology
  • Assist in the experimental verification of system performance.
  • Preparation of technical reports.
  • Liaise with and communicate project outputs to industrial and commercial clients.


Person Specification:


Academic Qualifications:

Essential:   PhD in Biochemistry, Biology or Chemistry

Desirable:   3 years post qualification experience in sensor development



Essential:   Experience in the development of immunoassay techniques & Experience in developing novel biosensor technologies

Desirable:   Experience in the development of SPR based biosensor technology


Specific Knowledge and Skills:

Essential:   Immunoassays, surface functionalisation  

Desirable:   Surface Plasmon Resonance, Nanolithography, Atomic Force Microscopy 


Specific Personal Qualities:

Essential:   Team work, accountability, motivated, self-starter


Closing Date of Advert:

 4.00pm on Monday, 25th April 2016.


Application Procedure:

To apply for this position please submit only a CV with accompanying letter/email. Any documents in excess of this requirement will be deleted. Please mark the application clearly with the appropriate reference number. Please address to Ms. Ruth Hennebry, The Human Resource Office, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel: 051-845519, e-mail:

At a minimum candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. The Institute will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post.

Please note applications will be acknowledged within seven working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.

WIT is an equal opportunities employer.