Research Fellow

Galway, Ireland

NUI Galway

Shape the Face of Cancer Treatment at Luminate Medical

Luminate Medical is Ireland’s most exciting and fastest-growing MedTech company. Emerging from NUI Galway’s BioInnovate programme, Luminate Medical was founded in 2018, and in 2019, was recognised as one of the most valuable growth stage companies in Europe. Since then, the company has been backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, Y Combinator (the US accelerator behind Dropbox, AirBnB and Stripe), and Enterprise Ireland’s Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund, and is aiming to launch its first product into the US market in 2024. The company was recently recognised as the Irish MedTech Association's Emerging MedTech Company of the Year.

Our vision is to build innovative new products which revolutionise the patient experience of cancer treatment. Our first product is a wearable medical device to prevent hair loss caused by cancer chemotherapy in a portable, comfortable and effective way. Chemotherapy induced hair loss is a rapidly growing €8 billion global market with multiple established public companies in the industry. We’re seeking to recruit and partner with talented individuals with the ambition to drive the development of this new and innovative approach to cancer treatment. 

Collaborate with Luminate Medical at NUI Galway's Duffy Lab

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term positions as Research Fellow in the Duffy Lab in collaboration with the Lowery Lab and Translational Medical Device Lab within the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland Galway. This position is funded under the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) Round 3 which is a €500 million fund established under the National Development Plan (NDP).

The position is available from February 1st, 2022, to contract end date of December 31st, 2022. This role will involve significant collaboration with Luminate Medical in the development of novel technologies to prevent the side effects of cancer treatment.

The Role - Research Fellow
The postdoctoral researcher will lead Duffy Lab based research tasks for the LILY DTIF project and liaise with partners in Luminate Medical Ltd and Gentian Services Ltd to develop a novel technology to prevent hair loss caused by chemotherapy.

The successful candidate will carry out research in the Duffy Lab, Discipline of Anatomy, Human Biology Building in collaboration with the Lowery Lab and Translation Medical Device Lab ( which are all based in the Lambe Institute in the School of Medicine at NUI Galway.

The candidate will be supported in their professional development, be able to avail of a range of career level focused training opportunities, have the potential to publish research findings in leading journals and protect intellectual property.

• Day-to-day research & development project tasks as part of the Lily DTIF project focused on mechanisms of action to prevent chemotherapy induced hair loss.
• Development and optimisation of preclinical models of chemotherapy induced hair loss.
• Development and optimisation of pre-clinical models of ischemia-reperfusion injury.
• Plan, create and manage development studies.
• Analysis and interpretation of results of project research.
• Present project results nationally and internationally at scientific conferences.
• Participation in project meetings.
• Work with other team members to plan project activities and set key milestones.
• Drafting and editing SOPs to support the development of the Lily hair loss prevention device and harmonise medical device testing platforms across partner sites.
• Keep up to date with research related methods and techniques, in particular, developments in the specific research area.
• Interface with clinical, commercial and technical experts.
• Contribute to publications or IP protection of findings.
• Contribute to administrative work to support the programme of research

Qualifications/Skills required:
• PhD in Biomedical Engineering (or similar).

Essential Requirements:
• Experience of research project management.
• Experience in soft robotic device design, testing and evaluation.
• Experience in preclinical model design and development for testing novel soft robotic based medical devices.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
• Demonstrated organisational abilities including the capacity to meet deadlines.
• High levels of initiative, project management, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
Desirable Requirements:
• Experience working with pre-clinical models.
• Experience in working on partnership project teams.
• Experience in the development of SOPs and transfer of protocols to other partners (protocol harmonisation).
• Experience in the presenting of research findings to technical/non-technical audiences.

Salary: €55,811

Start date: Position is available from February 1st, 2022

Continuing Professional Development/Training:
Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway. For information on moving to Ireland please see Further information about the School of Medicine is available at:

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor Garry Duffy via email at:


Application information:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Professor Garry Duffy in cc via email at: garry.duffy@nuigalway.iePlease put reference number NUIG-RES 261-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm December 17th 2021. Interviews are planned to be held on December 21st, 2021.

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post. National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer. All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

‘NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment – see for further information.’