Belfast Telegraph

EU-funded research post among top vacant roles in public sector this week

By Emma Deighan

Ulster University is seeking five professionals to join two of its departments next year with salaries of up to £49,177 - including a research associate post which is part of a £7.5m EU programme.

The jobs across UU's three campuses, include an intellectual property manager for the research and impact department, with a salary of between £41,211 and £49,177. The successful candidate will be based in Jordanstown and develop processes to protect the university's intellectual property.

In the same department, two posts are available for a faculty grant development officer and a research contracts officer.

Meanwhile, Ulster University's computing and engineering department is looking for a research associate specialising in optimisation of laser sintering of metal parts for medical products.

This role is part of a scheme to develop research in the field of metal sintering - a process of moulding metal without liquefying it - and is supported by the EU's Peace/INTERREG VA programme. It offers a salary of between £27,300 and £30,705.

The programme involves Belfast-based 3D printing service bureau Laser Prototypes Europe (LPE).

Managing director of LPE, Tom Walls, said: "Working closely with Ulster University, we have helped identify four research projects that address some of the technological barriers that will need to be overcome to enable metal sintering technology to be more quickly adopted by the health and life science industries now and in the future.

"This exciting project will fund four PhD students and four post-doctoral research assistants in the field of additive manufacturing."

Mr Walls also said the project has put NI on the map as a global leader in this field of research.

Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, Ulster University, said: "It is vital that universities and industry work together for a wider economic benefit. We have previously worked with LPE on a number of research projects and are delighted that they have lent their support to the INTERREG programme, a programme which we believe will facilitate some of the most exciting and advanced research currently being undertaken globally in advanced technology solutions."

In other areas of the public sector, Oaks Family Practice in Cookstown is seeking a salaried GP to carry out three to eight sessions per week at its clinic which services 7,700 patients.

And in the civil service there are six graduate specialist inspector grade three posts available across three different departments with salaries of up to £35,114.

The postholders are required for agricultural, food technology, horticulture and environmental and veterinary nursing.

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