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Research Assistant - Wearable Technologies

COMA-9 Research Assistant – Wearable Technologies

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term Contract

The Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork is a world leader in the development of wearable technologies for closed-loop drug delivery and diagnostics. These include Micro Transdermal Interface Platforms (MicroTIPs), smart patches, and intelligent wound dressings. Working closely with a global range of academic, business and clinical partners under our ‘ABC’ model, our technology is under evaluation by several SMEs and multinational corporations and is approaching market readiness in a number of areas. In parallel, Tyndall is currently engaged in an ambitious ‘ICT for Health’ strategy that will leverage our core strengths in Information and Communications Technologies to accelerate the development of intelligent medical devices and systems.

A significant part of the team’s activities is focussed on merging microneedle-related transdermal delivery components with micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), microactuators, wireless communication, control electronics and user interface software to create the next generation of ‘smart patches’. As a result of significantly increased commercial investment in this area, the Tyndall National Institute is now seeking a highly motivated postgraduate researcher to join our team in this exciting and rapidly expanding R&D field.

The successful candidate will identify review and identify appropriate micro devices (sensors, micro pumps, microcontrollers….), integrate those components with other aspects of the platform, construct prototype assemblies and assess performance in the laboratory. Working closely with other members of the team, a significant fraction of the candidate’s time will be spent engaged in hands-on prototyping and laboratory work.

Tyndall has several commercial partners in these areas and the candidate will work with these partners to develop systems that closely are aligned to industrial targets and specifications.

Responsibilities

The candidate will be required to:

  • Review the state-of-the-art in wearable delivery technologies on an ongoing basis;
  • Source a range of micro sensors that could be deployed within these systems;
  • Integrate micro sensors with relevant other aspects of the platform in order to construct prototype assemblies;
  • Develop basic algorithms to interrogate sensor output and/or control other components accordingly;
  • Validate sensor performance under laboratory conditions;
  • Construct demonstrator devices for internal and external showcase;
  • Report results to team leaders, commercial partners and funding agencies;
  • Participate in conferences, workshops and outreach events.

Requirements

  • Applicants should have a graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. biomedical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, physics), along with experience in one or more areas such as micro sensor technology, packaging and integration, microcontroller programming and rapid prototyping platforms, device test and characterisation, or MEMS.
  • Laboratory experience and a willingness to adapt to a multidisciplinary field are essential.

Desirable

  • MSc, MEngSc, or equivalent postgraduate qualification;
  • 1-2 years academic or industry experience in areas such as microneedles or microfluidics, microfabrication, microelectronics, CAD, additive manufacturing, medical device design and development, and/or bioMEMS;
  • Prior experience of working with/in industry, scientific paper writing, conference presentation and report writing.

Skills and Experience

This is an exciting project in a fast-moving, industrially relevant area.  Reporting to the team leader of the MicroTIPS research activity, the candidate will take a hands-on role, and will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of the technical research tasks outlined above. Scientific dissemination (preparation of regular internal reports, journal and conference publications, and industrial liaison) is part of the position, and some international travel may also be expected.

It is critical that the candidate has an ability to work in a team environment, as he/she will liaise closely with other team members engaged in developing complementary aspects of the platform. In addition, close cooperation with our industrial partners is required, who will provide support, supervision and direction throughout the research activity.

In return, the position provides the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for medical technology challenges, as well as to gain valuable experience in design, fabrication and testing of next-generation devices and systems. The successful candidate will experience the excitement of working with high-profile industry on emerging technologies, and will have the opportunity to build the career profile associated with presentation at international conferences, workshops and industry meetings, and publication of the research in high impact journals.

The duration of the project is 12 months in the first instance, although this may be extended pending the impact of the candidate. Postdoctoral research positions may also be available, and interested candidates with a PhD degree should contact Dr O’Mahony for more information prior to application.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Conor O’ Mahony, email conor.omahony@tyndall.ie

Appointment will be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €21,674 - €34,269.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and the application form

Step 2 - return the 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.

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