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Researcher Location Aware Systems for Industry

BOF-58 Researcher– Smart Sensing Systems, Location Aware Systems for Industry

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is a world leader in the development of Smart Sensing 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 Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) group at Tyndall has secured funding in the development of Smart systems for the “Industry 4.0” that will leverage our core strengths in Information and Communications Technologies to develop the next generation of breakthrough location aware sensing systems for connected smart sensor platforms in a manufacturing environment. These systems will incorporate multiple sensing modalities and communications technologies, (inertial measurement units, UWB Radaring and RFID for example) to solve the research problem of accuracy and precision, low latency and high speed real time tracking, high spatial and temporal granularity (100’s to 1000’s of nodes) location aware systems in the manufacturing environment. As such, the WSN Group, Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for an appointment as a Researcher to develop Wireless Embedded Systems in an industrial context for use in conjunction with Indoor Location Aware systems for Factories of the future. This is an exciting opportunity to help work in a fast-moving, industrially relevant area. Working with the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Group the successful candidate will be part of a team of multi-disciplinary researchers with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low power system design to facilitate applied research. The team comprises of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications. The position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland funded centre for Smart manufacturing (CONFIRM) and as such will focus on the delivery of an applied research agenda in conjunction with national and international industrial partners and academics. The research agenda will focus on developing a research activity in indoor localisation systems for smart manufacturing, asset tracking and supply chain monitoring. They face increasing requirements on size, motion speed, precision, adaptability, self-diagnostic, inter-connectivity, new cognitive features, etc.

Fulfilment of these requirements is essential for building smart, safe and reliable production complexes and associated demonstrators in real industrial environments and manufacturing facilities The applied research program will focus on solving the technical challenges associated with developing indoor localisation system incorporating tracking and activity monitoring algorithms which are robust, accurate and implementable in a wearable system for position monitoring in this exciting and rapidly expanding R&D field. This is an initial 24 month contract with scope for extension subject to performance and funding secured. Salary is based on the IUA scale and based on experience. The successful candidate will work with and help drive the research agenda for a team of multi-disciplinary researchers with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low power system design to facilitate applied research. The team comprises of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications. Activities will include robust indoor localisation in a challenging environment, position and IMU data processing, industry 4.0 systems research implementation, project management, student supervision, travel to international conferences/workshops/industry meetings, proposal project meetings, to strategically position Tyndall as a world-leading WSN research group and the dissemination of the group’s activities in high impact journals in the development of smart manufacturing processes and systems.

Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Group Head, the candidate will be responsible for the day to day technical project management of a multidisciplinary research team, developing and building wireless sensing systems for Human Computer Interaction in an industrial context.
  • The candidate will be required to assist in the system specification, design and deployment of wireless sensing systems incorporating the necessary communications, processing, sensor interfacing and power supply conditioning necessary to meet project requirements
  • The successful candidate will be required to have expertise in the specification, design and testing of wearable embedded wireless sensing solutions incorporating UWB, IMU sensors with activities ranging from communications protocols, device driver development and modification, RF system simulation and design, firmware development using C and other programming languages, product performance characterization and system testing.
  • Enhance Tyndall’s position internationally as a world leader in wireless sensing systems
  • Work closely with PIs in Tyndall directly or indirectly engaged in industry 4.0 technologies.
  • Work with Tyndall’s industry partners (existing and planned) to identify their manufacturing and factory of the future ICT needs (technologies and applications).

Requirements

  • Applicants for this position should have a PhD degree in electronic engineering, embedded systems, computer science, or a relevant discipline and appropriate experience in the development of embedded smart sensing systems and industrial control systems.
  • A relevant postgraduate (PhD Level) degree in the area of indoor localisation, algorithm development, system calibration, routing and medium access control mechanisms, embedded software development, Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) is required for this position,  as is a track record in research team building, project and program management, research proposal development, a significant publication track record and strategic research planning.
  • Key skills required include digital signal processing, data analytics, networking protocols, motion tracking algorithm development, team building, research proposal writing, good project management, scheduling capability, report writing, documentation and communication skills for interaction with internal and external partners are essential as well as a high level of technical competency in the area of smart systems for industry and manufacturing. The candidate needs to be highly motivated and innovative, practical, self-managed and achievement orientated.
  • The candidate should be highly self-motivated, have a passion for research and will be keen to contribute as an integral member of a dynamic and growing research team.
  • The candidate will have a solid background in hardware and software co-design and have numerical and experimental skills in the application of location aware systems and tracking algorithm development.
  • The candidate will be required to have expertise in the specification, design and testing of embedded wireless sensing solutions with activities ranging from communications protocols (GPS, UWB 802.15.4a, WiFi), device driver development and modification, circuit design, RFs system simulation and design, PCB layout, firmware development using C and other programming languages, product performance characterization and system testing. Training will be provided to acquire appropriate experimental and numerical skills.

Desirable

  • A number of years postdoctoral research activity, student supervision and proposal development would be beneficial to the application.

Further information regarding this position is available from Dr. Brendan O' Flynn at email brendan.oflynn@tyndall.ie

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.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €36,853 - €43,828. 

Application Instructions

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

Step 2 - return completed applicaiton form, together with your cv and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

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.