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PhD Studentship in Electromagnetic Systems for Medical Applications

PCM-5 PhD Studentship in Electromagnetic Systems for Medical Applications

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

This project will involve the design and development of novel magnetic field sensing and tracking systems for image-guided surgery. The project will specifically seek to create smart embedded control algorithms using machine learning and other optimisation approaches for on-board power and frequency control in electromagnetic tracking systems. The application of the project is to use electromagnetic fields to sense and track instruments and tools during minimally invasive and robotic surgery. The project will demonstrate novel electromagnetic systems incorporating miniaturised inductive sensing, and advanced embedded circuit control algorithms for magnetic field transmitters. 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 ).

Essential Criteria

  • An honours degree in electronic or electrical engineering is essential.
  • A Masters in electronic and electrical engineering is desirable with specialisation in power electronics, electromagnetics, embedded systems 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.

Any queries relating to this position can be forwarded to Padraig Cantillon-Murphy on email

An annual student stipend of €18,500 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 and indicate the Job Reference PCM-5.

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

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

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.