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Research Assistant – Power IoT Solutions

MH-31 Research Assistant – Power IoT Solutions

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Job Description

University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute invites applications for a research assistant in the area of Power Solutions for IoT (Internet of things). 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’ feasibility studies at Tyndall funded by the EnABLES research infrastructure project that is coordinated by Tyndall The minimum academic qualification is an honour’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 feasibility study and project 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.

Key Responsibilities

  • The researcher will support a number of EnABLES feasibility studies research programs that Tyndall has underway. The feasibility studies range from state of the art literature reviews to simulation model development to characterisation of IoT and ‘power IoT’ devices and systems across a broad range of applications.
  • The nature of the work will depend on feasibility study needs at a given point of time but will comprise some combination of the following:
  • Undertake retrofit deployment experiments of wired and wireless sensor systems including connectivity from sensor to the cloud using standard wired internet protocols, or standard wireless protocols.
  • Micro-power energy harvesting modelling based on existing Tyndall platforms.
  • Characterisation of energy harvesting and power management solutions.
  • Characterisation of power consumption of IoT devices with a view to identifying optimization opportunities based on existing and emerging technologies.
  • Conducting state of the art reviews (paper &/or bench studies) of energy harvesting devices, circuits and solutions.
  • Generate material for EnABLES publications (journal, posters, conference papers, newsletters, social media).
  • Travel as required to meetings, project partner sites and any other deployment sites to support installation, troubleshooting and operation of power IoT solutions.
  • 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 EnABLES project
  • This is a hands on role and so the candidate needs to be practical, assertive and achievement orientated. It is also essential that technical and feasibility study reports are delivered in a timely manner in accordance with project terms.
  • The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and will contribute as an integral member of a dynamic and growing research team.
  • The need to work flexible hours and to be adaptable in working practice is essential.

Essential Criteria

  • Primary degree in engineering, physics, science or a relevant discipline to the role
  • Minimum 1 year post graduate experience in industry or academia.
  • Skills in any of the following, hardware, software and network connectivity with some experience (or at least knowledge) of low power sensor systems & techniques (micro-controllers, power supplies, actuators and sensors).
  • The candidate will need to demonstrate strong analytical capabilities.
  • Good self-management, report writing skills and communication skills for interaction with project partners.
  • 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

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, cloud based data storage using python scripting language in AWS would be advantageous.
  • System modelling utilising high level scripting languages such as Python and Java would also be an advantage but not essential.

This position may be appointed on the IUA Scales for Research Assistants €22,609 - €35,218. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

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

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference MH-31.

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

Handwritten forms will not 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.