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Researcher –Wearable and Electrode Technologies

COMA-14 Researcher – Wearable and Electrode 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.

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 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 wearable electrodes for interface to the body. Primarily intended for use in applications such as physiological signal acquisition (including ECG, EMG and respiration rate) and photoplethysmography, these electrodes provide the only interface between the body and the wearable device of interest. They should be capable of operation under challenging conditions (e.g. involving motion, sweat, etc.), and of integration with flexible substrates such as textiles. We are particularly interested in developing electrodes such as those based around microneedle technologies and/or ‘dry’ alternatives.

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

Key Responsibilities

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

  • Review the state-of-the-art in wearable electrodes and diagnostic technologies on an ongoing basis;
  • Carry out specification and design procedures that respond to the needs of our industrial partners;
  • Identify materials and develop fabrication processes for device manufacture;
  • Validate reliability and performance under laboratory conditions;
  • Liaise with our ethical committees and clinical colleagues to prepare prototypes for clinical trials;
  • Integrate electrodes with relevant other aspects of the platform in order to construct assemblies for internal and external showcase;
  • Carry out administrative work to support the program of research and ensure all project deliverables and milestones are achieved in a timely manner;
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Contribute to the engagement on intellectual property activities in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer
  • 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

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. biomedical engineering, engineering, physics)
  • Experience in one or more areas such as bioMEMS, physiological sensing, microsensor technology, packaging and integration, microcontroller programming and rapid prototyping platforms, additive manufacturing/moulding, device test and characterisation, or medical device design and development.
  • Laboratory experience and a willingness to adapt to a multidisciplinary field.
  • Prior experience of working with/in industry, scientific paper writing, conference presentation and report writing is also desirable.

Desirable Criteria

  • Typically 1-2 years academic or industry experience in areas such as physiological monitoring or dry electrodes, polymer microfabrication, medical device design and development, wearable technologies, microelectronics, additive manufacturing, and/or bioMEMS;
  • Previous work with medical devices or wearable technologies;
  • Prior experience of working with/in industry, scientific paper writing, conference presentation and report writing;
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery of research projects at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

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.

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

For further information, please contact Dr. Conor O’Mahony at conor.omahony@tyndall.ie.

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-14

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

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.