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JB-10 Embedded Systems Engineer – Wireless Sensor Networks

Researcher: Embedded Systems Engineer (12 months)

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Wireless Sensor Network Group  at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently advertising for the position of Application Engineer – Wireless Sensor Networks.

The Tyndall National Institute, at University College, Cork is a world leader in the development of smart sensor systems for use in the body, on the body and around the body. Working closely with a global range of academic, business and clinical partners, our technology is under evaluation by several multinational corporations and is approaching market readiness in a number of areas.

As a result of funding secured under significant commercial and government investment, the Wireless Sensor Network Group, Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for an appointment as an Application Engineer to implement research-focused platforms in the area of Wearable WSN for Connected Health and Wellness monitoring.

Reporting to the WSN Head of Group or his nominee, this is an exciting opportunity to help define and implement applied research projects in a variety of fast-moving, industrially relevant areas.  Working with the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Head of Group and industry applied research team, the successful candidate will be part of a team of multi-disciplinary industry aligned researchers with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low-power system hardware and software design to execute industry defined applied research projects. The team comprises of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications.

Activities will include applied research implementation, hardware/software co-design of embedded systems, and travel to international conferences, workshops, industry meetings, proposal project meetings, to strategically position Tyndall WSN as a world-leading industry-focused applied research group.

Key Responsibilities

  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • Enhance Tyndall’s position internationally as a world leader in wireless sensing systems.
  • Work with Tyndall’s industry/research partners (existing and planned) to identify their wireless sensing needs (technologies and applications).
  • The candidate will be required to assist in the system specification, design and deployment of wireless sensing systems.
  • To provide assistance in conducting the following research activities, including planning, organising, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of the applied research project.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of information/results.
  • To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing reports, including conclusions and recommendations. Application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to establish fish health.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the program of research and ensure all project deliverables and milestones are achieved in a timely manner.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
  • To disseminate project outputs, through the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • 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 post-graduate degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or equivalent research experience
  • Experience in PCB design or embedded systems firmware development
  • Experience with sensor development, integration and test
  • Experience with lab-equipment
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery and management of applied research projects
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of leadership experience

Desirable Criteria

  • Good analytical skills and computer skills
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results
  • Evidence of excellent organizational skills
  • Evidence of excellent time management skills
  • High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation are encouraged
  • Evidence of supervisory skills of junior members of a team

This position may be appointed on Grade 5, Scale (B) €41,262 - €50,848.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to John Barton at

Closing date for applications for this position is 31st December 2018, at 5pm.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form

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

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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.