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PG-35 Research Assistant - Electrochemistry

PG-35 Research Assistant - Electrochemistry

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Tyndall National Institute invites applications for a research assistant position.

The Tyndall National Institute is a world leader in the development of sensor systems for use in life sciences applications. 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. In parallel, Tyndall has an ambitious ‘ICT for Health’ strategy that will leverage our core strengths in Information and Communications Technologies to develop the next generation of breakthrough sensing systems for biopharma and medtech. There is a growing demand for smart integrated process analytical technologies for biopharma applications. These sensing systems need to be capable of performing multiparameter continuous monitoring over extended periods within miniaturised, sterile and low cost disposable systems. This research is focused on the development and validation of electrochemical sensing devices, compatible with measuring a range of analytes and biomarkers as part of an autonomous integrated system. These systems need to locally process the captured data, perform preliminary analysis where applicable, and then communicate the relevant data to the relevant process monitoring system.

Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for a Research Assistant to characterise novel electrochemical sensors and instruments as part of a multiparameter sensing system for process monitoring in bioreactors. The instrument will enable real-time detection and quantification of selected chemical and biochemical parameters. Salary is based on the Irish University Association (IUA) scale and based on experience.


Working with the Head of ICT for Health Strategic Programmes in Tyndall, the successful candidate will:

  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary researchers with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low power system design;
  • Test and validate innovative electrochemical sensors systems for continuous monitoring of chemical and biochemical parameters within cell culture media, as well as gaining valuable experience in project management;
  • The position will involve working closely with other relevant researchers in Tyndall and collaborators as applicable for the development of the integrated system
  • Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including gather, prepare and analyses data, generate original ideas and present results.
  • Prepare reports and papers describing the results of the research.
  • Presentation of data both internally and externally, including oral presentations, written reports and publications.
  • To promote equality and diversity in working practices and to maintain positive working relationships.
  • 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.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A graduate degree in a related subject.
  • Significant experience in development and characterisation of electrochemical sensors
  • Evidence of technical research experience involving electrochemical instrumentation.
  • An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project
  • Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc.)

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project
  • MSc in related field
  • Graduate or post-graduate work or project experience related to electrochemical sensors and systems development
  • Experience of working with or in industry
  • One or more publications on related research

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Paul Galvin at 

Appointment may be made on the IUA Research Assistant Scale €21,674 - €34,269 p.a.

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.