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Researcher - Biophotonics

RB-4 Researcher in Biophotonics

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Biophotonics@Tyndall was established three years ago as a collaborative research programme based at the Tyndall National Institute led by Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels. The Group’s focus will be to form close collaborations with clinicians, research centers and companies to accelerate biophotonics technology and rapidly deliver breakthrough technologies into the hands of health-care providers. Using photonics as a driver for the faster development and deployment of more accurate, less invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer and other diseases.  The new programme has been formed by the Tyndall National Institute, the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and University College Cork, under a €5M award from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) professorship award. 

Additional industry and EU funded research projects have been secured by the team in the area of fetal monitoring during labor based on diffuse reflectance pulse oximetry and surgical guidance and tissue identification for tumor margin detection. This role will focus on one of these projects but will be fully integrated in the biophotonics team at Tyndall.

The candidate is expected to be academic, creative, self-motivated, and should help create an efficient and friendly atmosphere within the Biophotonics team and beyond to all teams at IPIC and Tyndall. These positions will offer great opportunities for learning and to become internationally visible as the successful candidates will be part of building a new center for biophotonics with a potential to become a key player in the field.

Reporting to Ray Burke Senior Technology Manager for Bio photonics, the researcher will conduct specified pieces of research as directed.  The role of the researcher will be mainly, but not exclusively, to provide optical design and algorithm development support to the biophotonics team and carry out strategic research activities as planned. The researcher will be expected to participate fully in collaborative projects.

Key responsibilities will include:

All aspects of the proposed project, including hardware development, detectors, optical design, software development, data acquisition and analysis, communication and collaboration with the industrial and clinical partners.

  • Conduct specified programs of research and participate in developing future research initiatives within the group
  • Interact closely with postgraduate research students in support of their research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • Work with industry academic and partners to develop calls for proposals for research projects.
  • Contribute to grant proposal writing for EU and other funding streams.
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed.
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group.
  • Carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • Contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of research projects.
  • 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. in one of the following disciplines: Physics, Applied Physics, Biomedical engineering or electronics with a strong and proven background in photonics research.
  • A good understanding of biophotonics and optical imaging systems. The candidate must demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence and independent research.
  • Strong theoretical, experimental and hands-on experience with optical systems are essential.
  • Experience with Monti Carlo or NIRFAST modeling or an advanced MATHLAB or LabVIEW user.
  • Demonstrable experience in the fields of biomedical optics, imaging, fiber optics, fiber coupling, spectroscopy, and system integration are required.
  • Good communication, writing, organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate research experience with a good track record of publications.

Desirable Criteria

  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good understanding of light sources, wave guides and fiber coupling.
  • Lecturing and student supervision experience.
  • A commitment to personal development. Good project management skills.
  • Ability to work on all aspects of the proposed project, including hardware development, optical design, software development, data acquisition and analysis, communication and collaboration with the industrial and clinical partners.
  • Conduct specified programs of research and participate in developing future research initiatives within the group
  • Interact closely with postgraduate research students in support of their research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • Work with industry academic and partners to develop calls for proposals for research projects.
  • Contribute to grant proposal writing for EU and other funding streams.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Ray Burke at ray.burke@tyndall.ie

Appointment may be made on the Postdoctoral Researcher Scale €37,873 - €45,041. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate RB-4 as the Job Reference

Step 2 – return completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

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.

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.