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PCM-2 Studentship in Electromagnetic Systems for Medical Apps

PCM-2 Studentship (masters or PhD) in Electromagnetic Systems for Medical Applications

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term, 4 Years

This project will involve the design and development of novel magnetic field sensing and actuation solutions for medical applications. The  project  is  a  key  enabler  to  replace  large  surgical  incisions  by  smaller  needle  and natural  orifice  access  to surgical targets.  Magnetic fields  may  provide  the  key  to  this  challenge and  this project  seeks  to  use electromagnetic fields to sense and position instruments and organs during minimally invasive and robotic surgery. The project will demonstrate novel electromagnetic systems incorporating miniaturised inductive sensing, advanced electromagnetic circuit control algorithms, and electro-permanent magnetic coupling. Electromagnetic sensing is the gold standard in the absence of line of sight and is widely used with discrete inductive sensing. UCC School of Engineering and Tyndall National Institute has a strong track record in novel electromagnetic tracking technology and has developed the first open-source, cross-platform electromagnetic tracking system, Anser EMT. Tyndall National Institute is a global leader in integrated magnetics technology (integrated-magnetics)


  • Carry out world-first research in electromagnetic system design and testing in the area of magnetic sensing and electromagnetic actuation control systems. 
  • Take a leading role in existing research in electromagnetic sensing to develop new sensor designs, architectures, circuits and algorithms.
  • Work as part of team to develop pre-clinical prototypes suitable for demonstration
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required the project supervisor
  • Carrying out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • An honours degree in electronic or electrical engineering is essential.

Desirable Criteria

  • A masters in electronic and electrical engineering is desirable with specialisation in power electronics, electromagnetics an advantage
  • Demonstrated expertise in areas of electromagnetics, circuits and system design is highly desirable.
  • The ability to work independently, have a lead role in research projects and to contribute as a team member in larger research projects is essential.
  • Good organization, communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Significant patents or publications in peer-reviewed journals or conferences are an advantage
  • The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and fluent in both written and spoken English.

Contact for further queries (email address)

An annual student stipend of €18,000.00 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the application form

Step 2 -  return the completed application form, together with your cv, motivation letter and references 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.