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Senior Researcher - RF Circuits & Systems

BOF-78 Senior Researcher – Team Leader RF Circuits & Systems (Wireless Sensor Networks Group)

Contract: Full Time/ Fixed Term (2 years)

The Wireless Sensor Network Group (WSN) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently advertising for the position of Senior Researcher to lead a research team focused on Electromagnetics, the development of Antennas, RF Circuits and Systems

The Tyndall National Institute, at University College, Cork is a world leader in the development of disruptive smart 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 world class technology is being developed in conjunction with several multinational corporations and is approaching market readiness in a number of areas.

As a result of funding secured under significant commercial and government investment in the area of wearable sensing systems for healthcare applications, the Wireless Sensor Network Group, Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for an appointment as a Senior Researcher to drive and manage a multidisiplinary research team and implement research-focused platforms in the area of Wearable sensor systems for Connected Health and Wellness monitoring.

Reporting to the WSN Head of Group or their nominee, this is an exciting opportunity to help define and implement advanced research projects in the disruptive, fast-moving, industrially relevant area of Electromagnetics’ circuits systems.  Working with the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Head of Group and aligned research teams, the successful candidate will lead and manage a team of multi-disciplinary industry oriented researchers with expertise in RF design, Antenna simulation, design, development and test to execute and resource defined fundamental and applied research projects.

The Senior Researcher will define and implement a research roadmap for Radio circuits and systems in the Wireless Sensor Networks group in the Tyndall National Institute. The team comprises engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications in a variety of engineering domains.

Activities will include applied research definition, funding, and implementation, in the development of Radio circuits and systems as well as the hardware/software co-design of RF circuits and antenna for wearable embedded systems. The role requires travel to international conferences, workshops, industry meetings, proposal project meetings, to strategically position Tyndall WSN as a world-leading advanced research group in wearable systems.

The successful candidate will need to show high levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation as well as a proven ability to resource and manage a multidisciplinary research team in an exciting and fast moving research area.

Key Responsibilities

  • To develop and lead a program of advanced research in the area of RF Circuits and systems
  • Develop a roadmap to establish the Tyndall National Institute as a leading research Centre in wireless wearable sensing systems communications technology
  • Establish Tyndall’s position internationally as a world leader in Antenna design and their integration in wearable wireless sensing systems.
  • Work with Tyndall’s industry/research partners to identify their wireless sensing needs as regards Radio System design, development integration and test.
  • The candidate will be required to define, resource, lead and implement disruptive research projects in the system specification, design and deployment RF circuits and systems.
  • To conduct and lead the following research activities, including planning, funding, recruitment, organising, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of applied research projects.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of information/results.
  • To undertake tasks which will include recording results and preparing reports, including conclusions and recommendations. Application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to establish wearable health.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities in order to develop appropriate research and leadership skills and competencies.
  • To carry out administrative and project management work to support the program of research and ensure all project deliverables and milestones are achieved in a timely manner.
  • To engage in management and mentoring of team members research activities and their personal development
  • To disseminate project outputs, through the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication, including where appropriate public engagement and outreach activities.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities.
  • 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.

Essential Criteria

  • A post-graduate (PHD) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline
  • Typically 10- 15 years’ experience in embedded RF systems research and development
  • Experience working in and with Industry Partners
  • A proven ability to independently take on applied research projects and carry them out from initial requirements to final preproduction prototype stage
  • Expertise in RF Antenna and system development, integration and test
  • Expertise in Electromagnetic Simulation and design (HFSS or equivalent)
  • Experience in Test and characterisation of Radio systems using appropriate lab-equipment
  • Proven project management skills including scheduling, budgeting and delivery of defined milestones and deliverables
  • Proven capability to secure the financial viability of the research team through successfully funded proposals in a relevant area
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery of advanced research projects (publications and Intellectual Property exploitation)
  • Capability of effectively leading and managing teams to deliver innovative solutions
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Industrial or mechanical design capabilities and a knowledge of Design for Manufacturing practices
  • Experience in embedded systems hardware and software design and development
  • Experience in standards-based wireless and embedded system protocols
  • Experience in the typical tradeoffs involved in developing RF systems for multiple application domains is an asset.

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6a Admin II Scale (B) €59,828- €75,527.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Closing date of applications is 24th January, 2020.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate BOF-78 as the Job Reference

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

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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.