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Senior Researcher - Electrochemical Sensors

PG-40 Senior Researcher - Electrochemical Sensors

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term


Established in 2004, the Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading centres in deep tech ICT research and development. It hosts over 600 researchers, engineers and support staff and has a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide. Tyndall National Institute is performing breakthrough research in photonics, electronics, micro-nano-technology and smart systems to deliver innovative solutions in life sciences including medtech, biopharma and agritech. Tyndall’s ICT for Health Strategic Programme is driving an ABC ecosystem (i.e. combining Academic, Business and Clinical stakeholders), in which Tyndall researchers are working with academic leaders (national and international), many of the top companies in medtech and pharma industries, and in collaboration with clinical experts.  This ensures that Tyndall research delivers impact in terms of clinical utility and commercial opportunity. Tyndall is host to both IPIC (Irish Photonic Integration Centre) and MCCI (the Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland), and is a collaborator in the CONNECT Centre for Future Networks & Communications (Internet of Things), the Insight Centre for Big Data Analytics, the CONFIRM Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and the VistaMilk (Smart Agritech centre for the dairy industry).

Tyndall hosts researchers in residence from leading healthtech companies such as Integer and Johnson and Johnson, and the ICT for Health Strategic Programme in Tyndall represents approximately one third of the research activity across the institute. This reflects the growing opportunity for Tyndall’s key enabling technologies to enable predictive, preventive, personalized, participatory and precision medicine, through new generations of smart medical devices, and smart solutions for advanced healthtech manufacturing. Tyndall is a leader in the design, development and evaluation of emerging smart solutions, which require integration of a range of novel sensors, components and materials for additional functionality, while ensuring the prerequisite miniaturisation and cost constraints of the application scenarios are fully addressed. Tyndall acts as a gateway for healthtech industry customers, providing world-class facilities and expertise for the development of smart healthtech solutions, but also helping to identify technologies and expertise from outside Tyndall where applicable, to ensure technology development is enabled in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Purpose of the role

Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork invites applications for the position as Senior Researcher of Electrochemical Sensors in the Life Sciences Interface Group.  Reporting to the Head of the Tyndall Life Sciences Interface Group, this is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher engage in fundamental and applied research projects in a variety of fast-moving, industry relevant areas.  The successful candidate will collaborate with multi-disciplinary industry-aligned researchers with expertise in materials, microfabrication, electronics and microsystems technologies, chemical and biochemical sensors, system hardware and software design to deliver breakthrough solutions for healthtech applications.

Activities will include sensor design, fabrication, functionalization and testing, engaging with interdisciplinary researchers and engineers involved in materials research, hardware/software co-design, molecular, biochemical and clinical research, and advanced manufacturing. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate, prepare and submit research proposals to national, international funding agencies and industry; supervise students and researchers, manage projects, and travel to project meetings at customer / partner sites as applicable, as well as to international conferences, workshops, industry meetings and project proposal meetings.

The candidate will lead and implement sensor specification, design and deployment for a range of electrochemical sensor platforms for multiparameter sensing applications. The successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary group and engage with interdisciplinary researchers and engineers, supervise graduate and postgraduate students, prepare research proposals, reports. S/he will be a member of the Life Sciences Interface Group and lead a team involved in the design, development, assembly and testing of electrochemical sensors.

Reporting to the Head of the Life Sciences Interface Group, the successful candidate will:

  • Support the Head of the Life Sciences Interface Group to engage relevant stakeholders including representatives of Government departments, funding agencies, industry organisations, multinational and indigenous companies and clinical groups.
  • Drive innovation in biosensors within the LSI group,
  • Be responsible for initiating new proposals and projects, developing and delivering selected aspects of the overall Tyndall National Institute 2025 strategy.
  • Partner with Tyndall’s ICT for Health team to engage with potential customers and collaborators to scope out new projects.  
  • Be responsible for selected collaborative projects with strategic industry, clinical and/or academic partners for biosensors and systems with life sciences applications.
  • Ensure excellence in the delivery of all research outputs, including technical reports, peer reviewed publications, filed intellectual property, prototypes and demonstrators.
  • Provide leadership of a biosensors activity within the Life Sciences Interface Group. Publish in leading journals and present at top international conferences. 
  • Complete advanced training courses related to biosensors and systems.
  • Supervise PhD, MSc and undergraduate students.
  • Develop translational skills including project management, entrepreneurship, communication and dissemination.
  • Take a lead on day-to-day on research challenges and team leadership in the ambitious program of industry collaborations within the Life Sciences Interface group.
  • Support the establishment, management and development of the research team (staff, post-docs and students) and provide mentorship, coaching and supervision as appropriate
  • Contribute to the engagement on intellectual property activities in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer
  • Contribute to the development of national and international collaborative research networks and create new synergies/collaborations between Tyndall and other research third party bodies
  • Leverage existing projects and research facilities at Tyndall in order to identify new research opportunities, proposals and industrial projects
  • Independently identify research objectives and potential funding sources and prepare and write proposals for funding
  • Disseminate the outcomes of the research, including peer‐reviewed academic publications and presentations at conferences of international standing
  • 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

  • The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and electronics engineering or a related discipline.
  • Typically, 5+ year’s relevant experience post PhD in biosensors research.
  • Demonstrated experience in some high quality research projects showing demonstrable results. 
  • Demonstrated experience of preparing competitive research proposals.
  • The candidate must demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research, and good writing and communication skills.
  • Strong theoretical and experimental skills and hands-on experience with electrochemical biosensor design, fabrication, and testing.
  • Demonstrated experienced in interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Proven supervisory and project management skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experienced in managing multidisciplinary teams for advanced biosensor projects, with a preference for experience in industry facing project in particular.
  • The applicant should be eligible to apply for prestigious research grants, such as an SFI starting investigator research award. He or she will demonstrate a desire to develop a long term research career in Ireland, and will be committed to ensuring that research outputs will be exploited to the benefit of the Irish economy.
  • Contributed to supervision of Postgraduate students and undergraduate students
  • Identification and procurement of research infrastructure.
  • Experience of holding a teaching position in a 3rd level institution could be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of technology transfer, IP development and commercialisation experience (highly desirable)
  • Formal project management training.
  • Track record in EPE

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6 (Admin III) salary scale - €50,042 to €59,746. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy. 

For further queries please email Dr Paul Galvin, Head of Life Sciences Interface Group (

Closing date of applications is 15th July, 2020.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference PG-40.

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

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will 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