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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Researcher– Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Wearable Systems

ST-14 Researcher– Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Wearable Systems

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Tyndall National Institute is a world leader in the development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), with a primary mission to deliver economic impact through outstanding research coupled with world leading infrastructure, capabilities and expertise. In pursuit of this aim, Tyndall has developed an extensive network of national and international industrial collaborators and commercial clients, ranging from indigenous start-up companies to global giants. Examples of our industrial partners include Intel, Analog Devices, Boston Scientific, Sanmina and Huawei. Tyndall now has research contracts with 4 of the world’s top ten Medtech companies and has researchers-in-residence from eleven companies embedded within our research teams. With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, Tyndall generates around €35M income each year, 85% from competitively won contracts.

Tyndall is currently engaged in an ambitious ‘ICT for Health’ strategy that is leveraging our core strengths in human capital, global networks and world-class infrastructure to develop the next generation of intelligent medical devices and systems. In particular, Tyndall has recently received significant funding from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) as part of its Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) for the HOLISTICS project. HOLISTICS will connect Irish-based companies in the medtech, sports science, ICT and product design sectors with leading Irish research performing organisations (RPOs) and clinical partners to exploit state-of-the-art hardware, software, data analytics and visualization technologies for wearable systems. HOLISTICS builds on several years of engagement between Tyndall and Irish companies to address disruptive business opportunities in Health-Tech as well as significant experience in driving large scale research & innovation programs.

As a result, the Tyndall National Institute is therefore seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in Machine Learning / Data Science to join our team in this exciting and rapidly expanding R&D field and work on the development of novel algorithms based on wearable sensing technology and related sensor data. This exciting role will give the opportunity to work on a ground breaking new ideas and projects and work alongside experienced and talented software and hardware teams with the opportunity to impact and define development and technology.

Skills and Experience

This is an exciting project in a fast-moving, industrially relevant area. Reporting to the team leader of the research activity, the candidate will take a hands-on role, and will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of the technical research tasks outlined above. Scientific dissemination (preparation of regular internal reports, journal and conference publications, and industrial liaison) is an essential part of the position. Some international travel may also be required.

It is critical that the candidate has an ability to work in a team environment, as he/she will liaise closely with other team members engaged in developing complementary aspects in the project. In addition, close cooperation with our industrial and clinical partners is required, who will provide support, supervision and direction throughout the research activity. The successful candidate should be highly motivated with excellent organizational and communications skills, demonstrate an understanding of the research environment, the ability to communicate his/her research and the potential to manage a research project.

The successful candidate will experience the excitement of working with high-profile industry on emerging technologies in a world-class research environment, and will have the opportunity to build the career profile associated with presentation at international conferences, workshops and industry meetings, and publication of the research in high impact journals.

Key Responsibilities

The candidate will work in a team environment and under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader to:

  • Use Machine Learning and/or Data Science to create novel algorithms to drive the established research agenda
  • Lead sensor data analysis to support algorithm development
  • Design, implement, test and document new innovative algorithms for wearables in healthcare and well-being contexts
  • Carry out specification and design procedures that respond to the needs of our industrial partners
  • Liaise with research partners and relevant stakeholders at a technical level
  • Manage communication with relevant parties
  • Validate reliability and performance under laboratory conditions
  • Work efficiently with other team members in the software, hardware and testing development
  • Carry out administrative work to support the program of research and ensure all project deliverables and milestones are achieved in a timely manner
  • Contribute to the engagement on intellectual property activities in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in Electrical and Electronic/Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Data Analytics or related area.
  • Appropriate experience in the areas of AI/machine learning for wearables (evidence of data modelling and evaluation skills), physiological sensing, and edge computing.
  • Experience in different tools: Matlab, R, C, Python.
  • Deep knowledge of math, probability, statistics and algorithms.
  • Experience with lab equipment (e.g. electronic equipment and biomechanics lab), and a willingness to adapt to a multidisciplinary field.
  • Typically, 1-2 years academic or industry experience in the technical areas mentioned above.
  • A strong publication record.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery of research projects.

Desirable Criteria

  • Prior experience of working with/in industry, scientific paper writing, conference presentation and report writing is also desirable.
  • Past experience in deep learning is highly advantageous.
  • Past experience in interacting with business stakeholders, as well as other stakeholders, such as clinicians, patients and sport scientists, is also a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Self-motivation, initiative, and being achievement-oriented.

The duration of the project is initially 12 months and may be extended further.

Please note that this role is subject to final funding approval.

For further information, please contact Salvatore Tedesco at

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €38,630 - €45,942 depending on qualification and experience.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference ST-14

Step 2 – return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

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

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.