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Research Assistant Electrochemical Instruments

PG-30 Research Assistant- Electrochemical Instruments

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for a Research Assistant to develop an electrochemical instrument as part of a multiparameter sensing system for process monitoring in bioreactors. The instrument will enable real-time detection and quantification of chemical and biochemical parameters. This is an initial 12 month contract with scope for extension subject to performance and funding secured. Salary is based on the Irish University Association (IUA) scale and based on experience.

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.

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;
  • Develop and test innovative electrochemical sensor boards for continuous monitoring of chemical and biochemical parameters within cell culture media, as well as gaining valuable experience in project management;
  • Publish research in high impact journals;
  • The position will involve working closely with other relevant researchers in Tyndall and collaborators as applicable for the development of the integrated system
  • Reporting to the Head of ICT for Health Strategic Programmes, the candidate will be responsible for the development and integration of robust sensor instrument solutions compatible with the biopharma use case scenarios specified.
  • Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including gather, prepare and analyse data, generate original ideas and present results.
  • Prepare reports, draft patents and papers describing the results of the research.
  • Presentation of data both internally and externally, including oral presentations, written reports and publications.
  • Be self-motivated, apply and use own initiative, aiming to determine suitable ways to tackle challenges and seeking guidance when needed.
  • Keep informed of developments in the field in technical, specific and general terms and their wider implication for the discipline area, commercial applications and the knowledge economy
  • Demonstrate and evidence own professional development.    
  • To promote equality and diversity in working practices and to maintain positive working relationships.

Essential Criteria

  • A first or upper second class honours degree, or a relevant master’s level qualification in microelectronics or a related subject.
  • Evidence of technical research experience in development of 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 or PhD in related field
  • Graduate or post-graduate work or project experience related to electrochemical systems development
  • Experience of working with or in industry
  • One or more publications on related research

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Paul Galvin, email

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

Application Instructions

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

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to

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.