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Clinical Researcher in Biophotonics

SAE-08 Clinical Researcher in Biophotonics

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Biophotonics@Tyndall was established two 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 including Prof. Noel Caplice and the Centre for Research in Vascular Biology (CRVB) in UCC, other research centers and medical devices companies to accelerate biophotonics technology development 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 cardiovascular disease, 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 medical device research projects have been secured by the team and the bio-photonics group require a clinician to support this research activity especially in the area of medical devices for cardiology.  This but this position will be fully integrated in the biophotonics team at Tyndall.

The candidate needs to have a medical degree and ideally be a cardiologist and is expected to be creative, self-motivated, and should help create an efficient and friendly atmosphere within the Biophotonics team and beyond to all teams at IPIC, CRVB 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 Prof. Stefan Andersson–Engels in the Biophotonics group in Tyndall, the researcher will conduct specified pieces of research as directed. As this is a clinical role the candidate will be co-supervised by our collaborator Prof. Noel Caplice from the CRVB in UCC.   The role of the Researcher will be mainly, but not exclusively, to provide clinical support to the biophotonics team and carry out strategic research activities as planned in a detailed project plan for specific industry projects and in the general area of cardiology and vascular biology. The Researcher will also act as translator in a multidisciplinary research field: of research questions as well as of industry and academic research needs and capabilities; such that highly structured and well defined research projects can be devised, set up and executed.  In particular, the candidate will have an important role in an industry collaboration project and will be the key person for the clinical trials and clinical support to the team. The researcher will be expected to participate fully in collaborative projects.

Key Responsibilities

All aspects of the proposed projects, including lead on the clinical side, hardware development, optical design, device design, data acquisition and analysis, communication and collaboration with the industrial and other 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.
  • Work on all aspects of the proposed projects, lead the clinical element and be involved in the hardware development, optical design, software development, data acquisition and analysis, communication and collaboration with the industrial and CRVB clinical partners.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • 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.

Key Requirements

  • The successful candidate must have a medical degree and ideally have trained as a cardiologist or be training to be a cardiologist.
  • Should be willing to undertake a Medical Doctor (MD) degree by research in the medical device area through the CRVB in UCC and Tyndall National Institute.
  • Have a working understanding of biophotonics and optical imaging systems. The candidate must demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence and independent research in an aligned clinical area.
  • Strong clinical, theoretical, experimental skills and hands-on experience within a clinical environment and with animal trials are essential.
  • Have completed the LAST training for conduct of animal experiments.
  • Have some experience of relevance for the fields of biomedical optics, imaging, spectroscopy, and/or within systems such as pulse oximeters are highly desired.
  • Good communication, writing, organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • A commitment to personal development.
  • Good project management skills

 The expected duration for this position is two years.

Appointment may be made on the Postdoctoral Researcher Scale €37,221 - €44,266 depending on qualification and experience.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate SAE-08 as the Job Reference

Step 2 – return completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

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.