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Research Assistant – Wireless Sensor Networks

MB-3:  Research Assistant – Wireless Sensor Networks

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term (12 months)

The Wireless Sensor Network Group (WSN) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently advertising for the position of Application Engineer – Wireless Sensor Networks

The Tyndall National Institute, at University College, Cork is a world leader in the development of smart sensor systems for use in the body, on the body and around the body. Working closely with a global range of academic, business and clinical partners, our technology is under evaluation by several multinational corporations and is approaching market readiness in a number of areas.

As a result of funding secured under significant commercial and government investment, the Wireless Sensor Network Group, Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for an appointment as a Research Assistant to implement research-focused platforms in the area of Wireless Sensor Networks.

Reporting to the WSN Head of Group or his nominee, this is an exciting opportunity to help define and implement applied research projects in a variety of fast-moving, industrially relevant areas.  Working with the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Head of Group and industry applied research team, the successful candidate will be part of a team of multi-disciplinary industry aligned researchers with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low-power system hardware and software design to execute industry defined applied research projects. The team comprises of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications.

Activities will include applied research implementation, hardware/software co-design of embedded systems, and travel to international conferences, workshops, industry meetings, proposal project meetings, to strategically position Tyndall WSN as a world-leading industry-focused applied research group.

Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out innovative research in Embedded Systems development for Wireless Sensor Networks
  • The candidate will be required to assist in the system specification, design and deployment of wireless sensing systems mainly for wearable applications under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader
  • Work with Tyndall’s industry/research partners (existing and planned) to identify their wireless sensing needs (technologies and applications).
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of senior WSN research staff
  • 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.

Essential Criteria

  • The minimum academic qualification is a first or upper second class honour’s degree (or an equivalent international degree) in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, physics or related relevant discipline.
  • Basic experience in PCB design and embedded systems firmware development
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery and management of applied research projects
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results

Desirable Criteria

  • Good analytical skills and computer skills
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule
  • Evidence of excellent organizational skills
  • Evidence of excellent time management skills
  • High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation are encouraged

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Marco Belcastro at

This position may be appointed on the IUA Scales for Research Assistants €22,109-€34,612 depending on qualification and experience.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference as MB-3.

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.

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.