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Researcher – Innovative Tracheostomy Technologies

COMA-22 Researcher – Innovative Tracheostomy Technologies

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Established in 2004, the Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading centres in deep tech ICT research and development. It hosts over 600 researchers, engineers and support staff and has a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide. Tyndall National Institute is performing breakthrough research in photonics, electronics, micro-nano-technology and smart systems to deliver innovative solutions in life sciences that include medtech, biopharma and agritech.

Tyndall’s ICT for Health Strategic Programme is driving an ABC ecosystem (i.e. combining Academic, Business and Clinical stakeholders) in which Tyndall researchers are working with academic leaders, many of the top companies in medtech and pharma industries, and with clinical experts. As a result, Tyndall hosts researchers in residence from leading healthtech companies such as Integer and Johnson and Johnson, and the ICT for Health Strategic Programme in Tyndall now represents approximately one third of the research activity across the institute. This reflects the growing opportunity for Tyndall to leverage our core strengths in human capital, global networks and world-class infrastructure to develop the next generation of intelligent medical devices and systems.

As part of this engagement, one of our Irish-based industrial partners has identified an unmet clinical need that is based around tracheostomy procedures and their effects on those who suffer from respiratory issues. Our project goal is to develop novel technologies that will add high-impact functionality to airway management systems and bring significant improvements to the experience of those on breathing support. Working with a Clinical Research Facility, we also plan to perform an initial clinical study of the reliability and user acceptability of prototype devices in a small number of intubated patients.

We now seek a highly motivated postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher to join our team and to drive the technical aspects of this project. Working closely with our industrial and clinical partners, you will develop the necessary technologies necessary to prove this concept, perform laboratory-scale characterisation and construct prototypes suitable for initial trials.

Key Responsibilities

The candidate will work in a team environment to:

  • Review the state-of-the-art in tracheostomy systems on an ongoing basis, and prepare reports and/or papers on the findings;
  • Design and develop novel airway management techniques based around microelectronic sensor and actuator technologies;
  • Identify and model the key characteristics of the proposed new system;
  • Construct demonstrator devices and liaise with our clinical partners to prepare prototypes suitable for proof-of-concept trials;
  • Prepare any risk assessments and safety documentation required for experimental activities;
  • Carry out preliminary characterisation of these devices in a laboratory setting;
  • Publish high-quality articles in high-impact journals;
  • Identify opportunities for patent protection;
  • Report results to team leaders, partners, and funding agencies;
  • Contribute to future grant-writing activities in this area;
  • Comply with all relevant regulatory legislation, ethical considerations and safety regulations.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system and required Health & Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD (or equivalent industry experience) in a relevant discipline such as biomedical engineering, microsystems technology, physics);
  • Experience in areas such as biomedical engineering, implantables, microfluidics, sensors and actuators;
  • Embedded systems hardware/software design and characterization skills;
  • Strong track record in dissemination such as scientific paper writing, conference presentation and report writing;
  • Excellent organisational, project management and communication skills;
  • Laboratory experience and an ability to work within a multidisciplinary team environment.

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrable track record in rapid prototyping involving building blocks such as sensor technologies, microfluidics, embedded systems, microcontrollers or closed-loop control;
  • Track record in high-impact scientific publishing;
  • CAD and/or finite-element modelling experience;
  • Experience in design thinking or regulatory considerations for medical devices;
  • Previous work with clinical or pre-clinical device investigations.

Skills and Experience

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 and external reports, journal and conference publications, and industrial liaison) is an essential part of the position.

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 both internal and external to Tyndall. The successful candidate should be highly motivated with excellent organizational and communications skills, demonstrate an understanding of the research environment, and have 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 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.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €39,130- 46,442 pa.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

The duration of the project is 24 months in the first instance, but may be extended pending funding and the impact of the candidate.

For further information, please contact Dr. Conor O’Mahony;

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference COMA-21.

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

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

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