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Research Assistant Antenna Design

JBU-4 Research Assistant - Antenna Design

Category: Full-time/Fixed Term

The Wireless Sensor Network Group (WSN) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently advertising for the position of Research Assistant in Antenna Design.

The Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is a world leader in the development of wearable sensor systems for use in the body, on the body and around the body. 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.

The applied research program will focus on solving the technical challenges associated with antenna and RF Design, Simulation and Measurement in this exciting and rapidly expanding R&D field.

This is an initial 12 month contract with scope for extension subject to performance and funding secured. Reporting to the WSN Head of Group, this is an exciting opportunity to help define and implement an antenna research program in this fast-moving, industrially relevant area of wearable sensing systems.

The successful candidate will work with and help drive the research agenda for a team of multi-disciplinary researchers with expertise in Antenna and Microwave Engineering. The WSN Group is comprised of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications.

Specific activities for this position will include applied antenna research with an industry focus, project management, research proposal writing, student supervision, travel to international conferences/workshops/industry meetings, proposal project meetings and dissemination of the group’s activities in high impact journal and conference publications.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Team Leader of the RF Circuits and Systems Team and Group Head, the candidate will be responsible for the day to day applied research and technical project management of research projects related to antenna and RF design for wireless sensing systems to meet design specification requirements
  • The successful candidate will have expertise in the specification, design, simulation and characterization of antennas and RF circuits for embedded wireless sensing solutions.
  • Enhance Tyndall’s position internationally as a world leader in wireless sensing systems
  • Work with Tyndall’s industry partners (existing and planned) to identify their Connected Health needs (technologies and applications)

Essential Criteria 

  • Minimum requirement of a Masters in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Minimum requirement of a Masters in Electrical/Electronic Engineering with at least 5 years industrial experience required in the area of Antenna and Microwave Engineering.
  • A specific track record in Antenna/Microwave/RF design and test is a requirement.
  • Key skills required include antenna and microwave circuit design, analysis and modeling using Ansys HFSS and AWR-NI Microwave Office, strong knowledge and experience of state-of-the-art RF equipment and anechoic chamber measurements, PCB design and fabrication
  • Excellent Project Management skills are a key requirement including, research proposal writing, work package and deliverable definition, project management, scheduling capability, report writing, documentation and communication skills for interaction with internal and external partners are essential.
  • The successful candidate will be highly analytical and motivated with good interpersonal and organizational skills and be self-managed and achievement oriented
  • The ideal candidate will have the equivalent of at least 5 years industrial experience in Antenna and Microwave Engineering.  

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to John Buckley at 

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

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download and complete the application form

Step 2 - return completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to  Handwritten application 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.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.