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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Researcher – Intelligent Woundcare Technologies

COMA-17 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 four 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 €45M 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. A key focus is on the development of high-tech ‘smart dressings’ for autonomous woundcare, to be jointly developed with our partners that include DeRoyal Industries – a leading provider of healthcare products and related business services - and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

As a result, the Tyndall National Institute is therefore seeking a highly motivated researcher to join our team in this exciting and rapidly expanding R&D field. The aims of these projects are to evaluate and prototype the next generation of unobtrusive and multifunctional technologies intended for use in the treatment of chronic wounds including pressure, venous leg and diabetic ulcers. The flexible and wearable systems should merge standard dressing materials with components such as miniature actuators for control of pressure 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 partners to develop demonstrator devices that are closely aligned to clinically-informed targets and specifications.

Key Responsibilities

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 project partners to prepare prototypes for evaluation;
  • Continuously seek to add improvements and/or advancements to the system;
  • Report results to team leaders, partners, and funding agencies;
  • Participate in conferences, workshops and outreach events;
  • Comply with all relevant regulatory legislation, ethical considerations and safety regulations.

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.

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants should have a PhD 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.

The duration of the project is circa 24 months. 

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

Appointment may be made on the post-doctorate researcher scale €38,630 - €45,942 per annum.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference COMA-17

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.

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.