Lecturer in Radical Pharma or Green Chemistry


Permanent Whole-time Post

We seek to appoint one Organic, Green or Pharmaceutical chemist to strengthen the research capability and academic excellence in Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. The successful appointee will have a proven track record of research and innovation in any aspect of Organic, Green or Pharmaceutical chemistry. The successful appointee will have the capacity for innovative and disruptive research, and demonstrate potential for close interaction with the pharmaceutical industry. The successful appointee will be located within the School of Chemistry and the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility (ABCRF).

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Anita Maguire, Head of School of Chemistry.

For further information on the School of Chemistry, please visit the school website.

This position is being filled as part of UCC Futures - Future Pharmaceuticals.

What is UCC Futures – Future Pharmaceuticals

UCC Futures – Future Pharmaceuticals is driving enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration among world leading scientists and engineers and building on established industry partnerships. Modern medicines are increasingly based on complex pharmaceuticals and advanced therapeutics. These new emerging treatments and therapies increase the complexity of component materials and processes. UCC Futures - Future Pharmaceuticals is advancing knowledge which underpins discovery, development and manufacturing, from small molecules to biopharmaceuticals.

Transcending traditional discipline boundaries is critical to ensure effective and advanced collaboration, development and production of new medicines at scale that ensure availability, affordability, efficacy and safety through a patient-centric approach. UCC Futures - Future Pharmaceuticals leverages extensive infrastructure between our key Schools and research institutes including APC Microbiome Ireland and our flagship Tyndall National Institute. Our existing collaborations with strategic national partners including NIBRT, the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training and SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals, strengthens our industry engagement through collaborative research.

Duties of the post

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community. The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Head of the School/Department/Discipline of Chemistry.

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant Statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, that statutory provisions take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.

Teaching and ExaminingResearchContributions

Teaching and Examining

  1. Contribute to and assist in the delivery of research led teaching, assessment and examining on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and where appropriate adult and continuing education courses;
  2. Supervise research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;
  3. Undertake the development and regular evaluation of modules with reference to content, delivery and assessment;
  4. Participate in the development of new curricular initiatives;
  5. Demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning and apply innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the School of Chemistry and within other academic units in the University, as appropriate;
  6. Contribute towards the maintenance of academic standards within their discipline:
  • to give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient; also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • to give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • to hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner;



  1. Engage in productive research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge, participate in research activities and publish the research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline;
  2. Supervise postgraduate research students (particularly PhD students);
  3. Undertake initiatives in generating research income as appropriate to the discipline;
  4. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.



  1. Participate in the administrative activities of the department/school and the academic life of the College and University;
  2. Act as a member of such committees as may be required by the University;
  3. Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
  4. Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
  5. Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the head of discipline/department/school:
  • to carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
  • if a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
  • to serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University.

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as can reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline/Department/School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the following essential criteria:

QualificationsTeaching and Examining | Research | Contributions | Other


Essential Criteria

  1. A doctorate in Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry or a related discipline;
  2. Postdoctoral, industrial and/or academic experience.


Teaching and Examining

Essential Criteria

  1. Relevant teaching experience or evidence of teaching potential;
  2. An ability to contribute across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes both in and outside the area of research specialisation.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Evidence of a commitment to excellence in research led teaching;
  2. Evidence of an understanding of and willingness to use modern teaching technologies and potential for innovative teaching and curriculum development;
  3. Evidence of an ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment.



Essential Criteria

  1. Evidence of appropriate research achievement as indicated by published work and other research outputs in Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry or a related discipline;
  2. Potential to attract funding through competitive research grants or other sources as relevant;
  3. Experience of, or potential for, research supervision (particularly PhD students);
  4. Experience of, or potential for, close interaction with the Pharmaceutical Industry;
  5. Evidence of, or potential for, innovative, radical or disruptive thinking.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues on research projects, as appropriate to the discipline;
  2. Evidence of other relevant scholarly activity.



Essential Criteria

  1. The potential to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Administrative experience or evidence of ability to contribute to academic administration;
  2. Experience in or potential to participate in relevant academic and professional associations/bodies as appropriate.



Desirable Criteria

  1. Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  2. Evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team;
  3. Ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment;
  4. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students;
  5. A commitment to the long term development of the discipline.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Salary Information

Appointment may be made on the Lecturer Salary Scale €37,912 - €66,429 (Below the bar, Scale B) / €72,602 - €94,024 (Above the bar, Scale B); €39,939 - €63,211 (Below the bar, Scale A) / €69,075 - €89,321 (Above the bar, Scale A).

Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications for this post

How to apply

Applications for this post are received through UCC's online application portal. You'll be required to set up a profile (if you don't already have one). 

You can find the posts associated with UCC Futures - Future Pharmaceuticals by selecting 'Academic UCC Futures' in the search by vacancy type field.

Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to uccfuturesrecruitment@ucc.ie, quoting the job title.

What to include in your application

Applications should consist of your academic CV and a cover letter demonstrating your academic and research achievements. We would also like to hear about your research ambitions and how your academic and research profile aligns with the UCC Futures - Future Pharmaceuticals initiative.

Details of the following should also be included, as appropriate:

  • Publications
  • Research Interests
  • Grants and Funding
  • Teaching Interests and Abilities
  • Teaching Objectives and Methods

Who to contact

We encourage all applicants to contact us prior to making an application for the position. 

Deadline for applications

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12pm (Irish Standard Time) on Thursday, 22 June 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

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