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Senior Applications Engineer II –Systems Integration

BOF-89 Senior Applications Engineer II –Systems Integration

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Tyndall National Institute is a world leader in the development of industry aligned research in the development of embedded systems for use in the body, on the body and around the body. Working closely with a global range of industry and academic partners, our applied research technology agenda is helping to develop new products in Ireland and Internationally to achieve Excellence in Research.

Within the Human Centric Systems (HCS) cluster the growing research area of wearable systems integration and medical device development is gaining international recognition through a range of industry aligned research projects associated with the development of wearable systems for health and wellness and industry 4.0 applications. The WSN group within the HCS cluster has recently secured funding from the European Union and the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund to deliver on next generation smart wireless sensing systems.

The Wireless Sensor Network Group, Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for appointments as a Senior Applications Engineer (Grade II) to co-ordinate, manage and implement applied research projects in the area of Embedded Systems and novel ICT in multiple application domains (healthcare, industry 4.o, environmental monitoring, wearable systems) and develop and exploit associated Intellectual property in the research space.

Reporting to the WSN Head of Group or their nominee, this is an exciting opportunity to drive and develop a team which will define and implement applied research projects in a variety of fast-moving, industrially relevant areas associated with wearable system integration.

Working with the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Head of Group, the successful candidate will develop and lead a team of multi-disciplinary engineers, students and researchers with expertise in wearable technologies technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low power system hardware and software design to execute applied and fundamental research projects and to exploit the outputs of these projects through licenses and patents in conjunction with the UCC technology transfer office.

The candidate will be required to coordinate the system specification, design and deployment of production ready prototype embedded systems incorporating the necessary communications, processing, sensor interfacing and power supply conditioning necessary to enable Industry defined applications incorporating communications protocols, device driver development and modification, circuit design, RFs system simulation and design, PCB layout, firmware development using C and other programming languages, product performance characterization and system testing.

Required Skills and experience

Electronic system design schematic and PCB layout capability, Prototype development characterization and test experience Applied research project planning, team management, industry project definition, specification and implementation, good project management, scheduling capability, report writing, documentation and communication skills for interaction with internal and external partners are essential as well as a high level of technical competency in the area of wireless embedded system design. The candidate needs to be highly motivated and innovative, practical, self-managed and achievement orientated.

The ideal candidate will typically have the equivalent of at least 7 years project experience in Embedded Systems R&D. The candidate will need to have demonstrated a capability in the delivery of industry aligned research projects as well as experience supervising teams of engineers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Specify and implement high grade electronic prototype systems incorporating power management sensor interfaces wireless communications in deployable robust and manufacturable prototype form factors
  • Lead and develop a growing Engineering team in Embedded Systems, generating excellent research outputs that will deliver trained graduate students, innovative and commercialisable technology and intellectual property and key publications/presentations in leading journals and international conferences.
  • Work with Tyndall’s industry partners (existing and planned) to identify their applied research needs (technologies and applications) and develop high quality and TRL prototypes
  • Provide leadership and management to existing research and engineering staff and postgraduate students while growing the team through the attraction and recruitment of high quality staff and post-graduate students.
  • Lead the definition and implementation of the team’s embedded systems research strategy in line with the Tyndall2025 strategic plan.
  • Manage liaison with other Tyndall teams including BioPhotonics, BioElectronics, Business Development.
  • Lead, define, manage and deliver project tasks, deliverables including reports, process documentation, intellectual property capture (both know-how), technical publications and presentations for both internal and external customers.
  • Build high impact, collaborative relationships with world-leading researchers, in Tyndall and in both national and international academia and industry.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure compliance with Tyndall’s Health and Safety standards and with Tyndall’s Quality Management System with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate in Engineering, Science, Physics or related technical discipline.
  • Typically 7 years of hands-on experience in an engineering role in a commercial or R&D setting.
  • Has an excellent understanding of scientific engineering concepts in terms of embedded system prototype development (PCB design, Firmware development and has a recognised very broad and deep domain specific knowledge in the area of Electronic system integration
  • Proven strong track record of working independently and through others In leading complex projects
  • Proven ability in successful project completion with a focus on delivery on schedule and within budget
  • Experience in Mentoring and supervision of less experienced engineers
  • Capability in communications encompassing report writing, process documentation, operating procedures, publications and presentations.
  • A track record in developing potentially commercialisable technology in industry aligned research and an understanding of the Technology Transfer process in the development of exploitable Intellectual property

Background: Tyndall and the Wireless Sensor Network Group

Tyndall National Institute (Tyndall),, is Ireland’s largest research Centre, specializing in defined areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The mission for Tyndall can be summarized as follows: To be a Centre of Excellence in Information and Communications Technology research, development and graduate training, recognized internationally for the quality of its outputs in materials, devices and systems, and its creation of new opportunities for Ireland’s economic growth.

Within Tyndall the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) team is developing wireless sensor network solutions for a variety of applications and deployment scenarios. The team has a strong background in developing low power, versatile and intelligent miniaturised embedded systems, hardware-software co-design, as well as system deployment and test.

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6A Admin II B Scale (new entrants) € 64,760 –€ 82,032 per annum.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with the public sector pay policy.

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

Closing date of applications is 6th February, 2023

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form with Job Reference BOF-89

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

Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

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.

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