PhD Position Available in Our Lab (Applications Closed)

About Us

The Giordani group led by Professor Silvia Giordani is at the forefront of pioneering research in the fields of Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology. We’re based in the School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. Our research is focused on organic and materials chemistry. In our lab, we specialize in the design, synthesis, and functionalization of carbon nanomaterials for biomedical (sensing, molecular imaging, and drug delivery), energy, and environmental applications.

We are excited to announce a unique opportunity for highly motivated and talented individuals to join our cutting-edge team funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Position Overview

The quality and efficiency of every pharmacological therapeutic process is measured by its ability to deliver the exact amount of a drug, at an accurate rate, to a precise location within a complex organism.

This is undoubtedly one of the most critical scientific challenges of the 21st century. By developing methodologies for successfully addressing this challenge, we can make game-changing contributions to personalized medicine, disease detection, and new delivery modes that maximize benefits to the patient while limiting collateral cellular damage. This project aims to develop unique biocompatible nano-platforms with diagnostic, imaging, and therapeutic functions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team on the design, synthesis, and characterization of carbon nanoparticles.
  • Present research findings at conferences and seminars, and publish results in reputable scientific journals.
  • Participate in outreach activities to present research findings to the general public.
  • Carry out routine administrative tasks associated with the research project to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.
  • Carry out occasional undergraduate supervision, demonstrating or teaching duties.
  • Plan for specific aspects of research programs including the use of research resources, laboratories, and workshops where appropriate.
  • Plan own day-to-day activity within the framework of the agreed research program to allow for deadlines to be met.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress and ensure research resources are used effectively.
  • Liaise on a regular basis with colleagues and students and build contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration. Join external networks to share information and ideas.


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field (or equivalent) is required.
  • Strong research skills with a background in organic chemistry, materials chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, physical chemistry, or related disciplines.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and a desire to advance the field of nano-medicine.
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally for conferences and/or collaborative work.

What We Offer

  • A fully-funded four-year PhD position with a tax-free stipend of €22,000 p.a.
  • Mentorship from leading experts in the field.
  • Opportunities for international collaborations.
  • A supportive and collaborative research environment.

Application Process

Interested candidates are invited to submit an application by email to Professor Silvia Giordani:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing academic and research experience.
  • A cover letter describing research interests and motivation for applying to this project.
  • Names and contact information for at least two academic or professional references.

Application Deadline: 9th June 2024
Start Date: 1st September 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Contact Information

Please submit your application to Professor Silvia Giordani at and mention “PhD 2024 application” in the subject of the mail.

Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Given the scope and interdisciplinary nature of this project, all team members will be exposed to and receive training in a wide range of expertise which will benefit their careers going forward. All members of our lab will receive training, guidance, and mentorship to ensure that they are prepared for their future. This will include provision of a mentor within the research group who will provide advice and guidance. There will also be regular meetings (group and individual) with Prof. Giordani to monitor scientific progress and individual yearly reviews to ensure that the team member is progressing in their desired career trajectory. The student will receive full support to complete their PhD program including assistance and guidance with time management, experimental work, and thesis writing. Prof. Silvia Giordani is deeply involved in European Research Networks (COST Actions) and will use this understanding to provide the best possible academic experience for the team, both scientifically and personally including a positive work/life balance. A key aim of the group beyond successful completion of the research will be the training and development of the next generation of scientists. All team members will be expected to work together and support one another.

Silvia Giordani
Silvia Giordani
Full Professor Chair of Nanomaterials

My research interests are in the design, synthesis, and characterization of hybrid smart nanomaterials for biomedical, energy and environmental applications