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MH-28 - Research Engineer – IoT Device Power Modelling & System Integration

MH-28 - Research Engineer – IoT Device Power Modelling & System Integration

Contract Type: Fixed Term, 12 months

University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute invites applications for a research engineer in the area of IoT (Internet of things) power modelling & system integration. We seek talented candidates ideally available to start immediately with strong motivation and experimental attitude which will contribute as an integral member of a dynamic and growing successful research team.  The role is ideal for post graduates looking for an opportunity to start/progress a career and gain relevant hands-on experience on a number of EU ‘powering the internet of things’ projects at Tyndall. The minimum academic qualification is an honor’s degree (or an equivalent international degree) in electronic engineering, physics, computer science or related relevant discipline. The contract is initially for 12 months with a view to positioning the candidate for future opportunities subject to capabilities shown and future funding opportunities.

Tyndall National Institute (Tyndall),, is Ireland’s largest research centre, specialising in defined areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Within Tyndall, the ICT4EE team is developing solutions for powering the internet of things encompassing energy harvesting, storage, micro power management and system integration for IoT applications.


The research engineer will support a number of research programs that Tyndall has underway and will be funded by same. This is a broad role that requires the candidate to research, model, design, implement and deploy sensor networks across a broad range of applications.

The nature of the work will depend on project needs at a given point of time but will comprise some combination of the following

  • Undertake retrofit deployments of wired and wireless sensor systems including connectivity from sensor to the cloud using standard wired internet protocols, or standard wireless protocols.
  • Energy harvesting modelling and hardware development
  • Characterisation of energy harvesting and power management solutions
  • Characterisation & optimisation of power consumption of IoT devices
  • Conducting state of the art reviews (paper &/or bench studies) of energy harvesting devices, circuits and solutions
  • Report to the PI(s) on progress on a monthly basis.
  • Generate material for quality publications (journal, posters, conference papers) and/or patents.
  • Travel as required to project meetings, project partner sites and any other deployment sites to present technical results and project updates and support installation, troubleshooting and operation of energy harvesting hardware and models and integration with other project system elements.
  • Maintain project engineering logs (hard copy and software) of all activities including engineering documents, meetings, reviews, results, IP generated, project correspondence, etc. in accordance to Tyndall’s ISO900 procedures.
  • Execute duties in accordance with terms and conditions of the EU project consortia agreements.
  • This is a hands on practical role and so the candidate needs to be strong at taking ideas from concept to realisation. In addition the candidate needs to be practical, assertive and achievement orientated. It is also essential that technical and project status reports are delivered in a timely manner in accordance with project terms.
  • The need to work flexible hours is required and to be adaptable in working practice is essential.

Essential Criteria

  • Primary degree in engineering, physics, science or a relevant discipline to the role.
  • Relevant post graduate experience in industry or academia.
  • Competency in hardware, software and internet connectivity with some experience (or at least knowledge) of low power embedded systems & techniques (micro-controllers, power supplies, actuators and sensors)
  • Demonstrated strong analytical capabilities.
  • Good self-management, report writing skills and communication skills for interaction with project partner.

Desirable Criteria

  • MEng in Electronic or Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • A key research focus of the group is energy harvested autonomous sensors (wired or wireless) and so knowledge of the trade-offs required in low power systems is desired.
  • It would be advantageous if the candidate had specific hardware design experience (development, modelling, integration) incorporating any of the following:- Energy Harvesting transducers, sensors, transceivers, microcontrollers, low power interface standards (e.g. I2C, SPI) and signal conditioning circuits.
  • Experience in research or industry projects related to IoT devices and systems.
  • Familiarity of analytical tools such as Matlab and Simulink would be an advantage.
  • Skills in implementing internet protocols, networks and cloud based data storage would be advantageous.
  • System modelling utilising high level scripting languages such as Python and Java would also be an advantage but not essential.
  • An ability to work well in a team and an ability to work on his/her own initiative to solve technical, logistical and system integrations

For further queries, please contact Michael Hayes at or Peter Haigh at

This position may be appointed on the Senior Executive Assistant Grade, Scale (B) €31,144 - €44,497.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Closing date for applications for this position Wednesday, 8th August, at 5pm.  Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form

Step 2 – return completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to

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

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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.