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Senior Design Engineer – Smart Manufacturing

MW-06 Senior Design Engineer – Smart Manufacturing

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Role Description

The Wireless Sensor Network Group (WSN) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently advertising for the position of Senior Design Engineer for Embedded Systems intended for deployment to Smart Manufacturing applications in Industry 4.0/5.0.

The Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) group at Tyndall is conducting research in the development of Embedded Systems for Smart Manufacturing. These systems will leverage our core strengths in Embedded Systems and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to develop the next generation of breakthrough technologies for use in the Smart Manufacturing environment.

As we migrate towards Industry 5.0 where “human in-the-loop” will be considered in the manufacturing environment, new research will focus on how key enabling technologies will integrate the worker more fully in emerging applications. The successful Senior Design Engineer will help define, manage and implement applied research projects as part of a team of multi-disciplinary industry-aligned researchers with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low-power system hardware and communications software design. The candidate will design, develop, prototype and validate next generation wireless embedded systems incorporating hardware/software co-design principles and will be actively involved in the deployment of the technology to real factory environments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Take a lead technical role in existing research projects under the direction of a Senior Researcher or Principal Investigator to develop new architectures, circuits and algorithms.
  • Work on collaborative projects with WSN industry partners, e.g. Johnson & Johnson, Analog Devices
  • Interact closely with and support postgraduate research students studying for a Masters or a PhD (may have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research).
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of research, as directed by and with the support of a Senior Researcher or Principal Investigator.
  • Independently carry out small projects and feasibility studies including responsibility for associated administrative and management tasks.
  • Contribute to the preparation of funding proposals and applications.
  • Carry out administrative work to support the program of research and ensure all project deliverables and milestones are achieved in a timely manner.
  • 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.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • Honour’s degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or equivalent.
  • Typically, with 8 years of experience in embedded systems research and development.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in Industry 4.0 applications for Smart Manufacturing.
  • Demonstrable evidence of successful execution of embedded systems incorporating elements of hardware/software co-design (e.g. code repositories, technical documentation).
  • Experience in taking a leadership role in R&D projects including supervising team members (engineers and students).
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Project management skills including project planning.
  • High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation.
  • Edge processing/smart systems expertise with both frequency and time domain analytical capabilities.
  • Knowledge of key enabling technologies including human machine interfaces, AR/VR environments, condition based monitoring and wireless communications. Familiarity with industrial automation and process control systems and interoperability.
  • Capability of working effectively within collaborative teams to achieve results.
  • Experience with code versioning and management tools would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of sensor technologies including inertial, magnetic, force and environmental.
  • Previous targeted publications in Journals such as Sensors, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics/Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6 Admin III Scale (B) €50,042- €59.746.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

The closing date for applications is before 1pm on 24th September, 2020.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - candidates should apply in confidence by clicking here to download and complete the application form. Indicate the Job Reference MW-06.

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted. 

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process click 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.