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Applications Engineer – Embedded Systems

MW-05 Applications Engineer

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 Applications 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 an Applications Engineer to implement research-focused platforms in the area of Wearable WSN for Connected Health and Wellness monitoring.

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

  • To work 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).
  • To assist in the system specification, design and deployment of wireless sensing systems.
  • To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organising, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of the applied research project.
  • To participate in a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of information/results.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
  • To disseminate project outputs, through the interpretation of results and contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Essential Criteria

  • A post-graduate degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or equivalent research experience
  • Experience in PCB design
  • Experience in embedded systems firmware development including versioning systems such as GIT
  • Experience with sensor integration and test including inertial and magnetic sensors
  • Experience with 3D enclosure design and 3D print
  • Experience with lab-equipment

Desirable Criteria

  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery of applied research projects in industrial automation and smart manufacturing
  • Good analytical skills and computer skills
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results
  • Evidence of excellent organizational and time management skills
  • High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation are encouraged
  • Excellent communication skills

Appointment may be made on the SEA Scale B (new entrants) salary scale €31,456-€44,942 per annum.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Michael Walsh at

Closing date for application is noon of 29th March, 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the Application form and indicate MW-05 as the Job reference.

Step 2 - return the completed Application form, together with your CV, motivation letter and references to  Handwritten forms will not 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.

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.