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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Researcher – Intelligent Woundcare Technologies

COMA-11 Researcher – Intelligent Woundcare Technologies

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.

 In parallel, 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. One such product will be a high-tech dressing for automated compression therapy, to be jointly developed in close partnership with our partners at DeRoyal Industries – a leading provider of healthcare products and related business services - and at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

As a result, the Tyndall National Institute is therefore seeking a highly motivated postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher to join our team in this exciting and rapidly expanding R&D field. The aim of this project phase is to evaluate and prototype the next generation of unobtrusive and multifunctional compression technologies, intended for use in the treatment of venous leg ulcers. The flexible and wearable system should incorporate miniature actuators for control of compression levels, sensors suitable for real-time feedback of dressing status, transmission protocols for wirelessly communicating that information to clinical personnel; and microcontrollers for system programming and control.

The planned activity is tightly focussed on rapid prototyping activities; in this regard the candidate will work closely with our commercial partner to develop demonstrator devices that are closely aligned to medical targets and specifications.


The candidate will work in a team environment to:

  • Review the state-of-the-art in ‘smart dressing’ technology on an ongoing basis;
  • Identify and source sensors, actuators, electronics, power and communications subsystems suitable for integration within the proposed system;
  • Construct demonstrator devices incorporating suitable components with flexible substrates in an ultra-thin form factor;
  • Perform preliminary characterisation of these devices in a laboratory setting;
  • Liaise with our colleagues at the RCSI to prepare prototypes for clinical trials;
  • Continuously seek to add improvements and/or advancements to the system;
  • Report results to team leaders, partners, and funding agencies;
  • 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.

Academic/Educational Requirements

  • Applicants should have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. biomedical engineering, engineering, physics), along with experience in areas such as bioMEMS, packaging and integration, micropumps, sensor technology, microfluidics, medical device design and development, and/or basic electronic circuits.
  • Laboratory experience and a willingness to adapt to a multidisciplinary field is essential.
  • Previous work with medical devices or wearable technologies will be an advantage.
  • Prior experience of working with/in industry, scientific paper writing, conference presentation and report writing is also desirable.

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 of the platform. 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.

In return, the position provides the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for medical technology challenges, as well as to gain valuable experience in design, fabrication and testing of next-generation devices and systems. 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.

The duration of the project is 12 months in the first instance, although this is likely to be extended pending funding and the impact of the candidate.

For further information, please contact Dr. Conor O’Mahony;; +353 21 234 6200.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,221 - €44,266.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference COMA-11

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.