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Programme Manager for Wearable Smart Systems (HOLISTICS Project)

BOF-71 Programme Manager for Wearable Smart Systems (HOLISTICS Project)

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Tyndall National Institute is a world leader in the development of Smart Sensing 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 including Connected IOT, Smart Agriculture, Industry 4.0, Marine sensing and wearable sensing for fitness and health. 

The Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) group has recently secured funded proposals in the development of Wearable systems from a variety of national funding agencies (Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Research Centre) as well as international funding agencies (Horizon2020, ECSEL). In these projects the WSN group is carrying out multi-disciplinary research projects in both applied and fundamental research activities associated with Wearable Smart Systems integration, embedded computing, and edge analytics.

In particular, the WSN research group at 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 (SME & MNC) in the Med-tech, Sports Science, ICT and Design/Human Factors Engineering sectors with leading Irish Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) and Clinicians 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.

The WSN group is looking to recruit a Programme Manager for wearable systems research in the group with a focus on delivering on the requirements of the HOLISTICS program of applied research in wearable systems for healthcare.

Purpose of Role

Reporting to the WSN Head of Group, based within the Micro Nano Systems Centre, the Programme Manager will be responsible for the coordination of all wearable research projects within the Group, with a core focus on the DTIF funded program of work ongoing in the HOLISTICS centre. HOLISTICS is a new 8.4M€ disruptive innovation project developing end-to-end Health-Tech solutions based on human-centric intelligent sensors with 12 partners (National and International), 9 from Industry and 3 from Research Organisations.

The successful candidate will oversee the full HOLISTICS program of activity in wearable sensing systems that spans across all 12 partners, ensuring that best-in-class project management processes are implemented, that key deliverables, milestones and KPIs are achieved within the specified timelines and on budget, and that reports are prepared as specified by the funding body. The individual will also play a key role in managing the partners, in particular industry partners, and support their expansion as the project develops.    

Success will require the candidate to build close working relationships with relevant research teams across Tyndall, partner institutes, and industry partners. They will also contribute to the continued development of a “high engagement/high performance” working environment amongst all staff by promoting Tyndall’s key values of Leadership, Excellence, Teamwork, People, Entrepreneurship and Optimism.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the HOLISTICS Principal Investigator, Wireless Sensor Network Head of Group and senior Tyndall staff members to deliver the following:
  • Project and budget management of large multi-partner multi-year research projects.
  • Establishment of detailed project plans and targets/deliverables/milestones
  • Ensure adequate resourcing and resource allocation for Wearable systems projects
  • Preparation and management of project budgets
  • Continuous monitoring of progress against plans
  • Arrangement of regular project review meetings
  • Communication on progress to stakeholders via reports and meetings
  • Partner engagement, including existing and new partner companies
  • Support the development of work plans and contract agreements with partner companies in collaboration with Tyndall’s Business Development Group.
  • Coordinate and manage key project events such as conferences , industry workshops and information days
  • Help the HOLISTICS PI Identify parallel project opportunities for wearable smart systems, explore funding sources and work with the Group Head to prepare / submit proposals.
  • Coordinate technology transfer of IP generated so that it delivers the best economic outcome for Ireland through:
  • Working with the HOLISTICS industry partners, UCC Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and stakeholders to identify and protect IP that emerges from the projects
  • Working with the TTO to exploit licensing opportunities where appropriate
  • Tracking direct economic benefits as a result of IP transfer to partner companies
  • Ensure compliance with Tyndall’s Quality Management and Health & Safety standards.
  • Additional duties as may be reasonably required within the scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • Degree in a science, engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in industry driven projects
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in R&D programme management, project management and/or product development
  • Experience of managing project budgets valued at over 0.5M€
  • Experience of business development and/or R&D contract negotiation
  • Experience in one or more of the following: strategic planning, R&D innovation

Desirable Criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification in science, engineering or business
  • Experience of project managing multiple partner (academic and industry) R&D projects
  • Demonstrated ability in leading high performing technical teams with successful outcomes
  • Strong communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills.
  • Project Management accreditation, certification or equivalent
  • Experience in technology road mapping
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Experience of drafting national and international research proposals
  • Experience in Intellectual Property (IP) management, Technology Transfer and exploitation

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Brendan O’Flynn, at

This position may be appointed on the Admin II Grade 6A € 58,799-€74,228.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate Job Reference BOF-71.

Step 2 - Return completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  

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

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 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.