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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Researchers- Wireless Network Systems

ST-08 Researchers - Wireless Sensor Networks

Contract: Full Time/ Fixed Term

This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g., PhD, employed on a contract for the purpose of assisting in the performance of research in the University. The successful candidate(s) will join the Wireless Sensor Networks  at Tyndall National Institute under the direction of one or more Principal Investigator’s/Senior Researchers within a dedicated laboratory on one or more research projects to implement research-focused platforms in the area of Wearable WSN for Connected Health and Wellness monitoring.

A Postdoc Researcher will help define and implement applied research projects in a variety of fast-moving, industrially relevant areas as part of a team of multi-disciplinary industry-aligned researchers with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low-power system hardware and software design to execute industry defined applied research projects.

This is an initial 12 month contract with scope for extension subject to performance and funding secured.

Activities will include applied research implementation, software co-design and data processing algorithms for motion analysis and biomechanics, and travel to international conferences, workshops, industry meetings, proposal project meetings, to strategically position Tyndall WSN as a world-leading industry-focused applied research group in the area of health and wellness monitoring.

Key Responsibilities

  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To provide assistance in conducting the following research activities, including planning, organising, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of the research project.
  • To assist in the specification, design and deployment of wireless sensing systems.
  • To undertake tasks requiring technical competence in the field of wearable sensors incorporating inertial/physiologic sensors.
  • 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 may include recording results, preparing reports, conclusions and recommendations. Application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to the PI.
  • To confer with the Principal Investigator in developing plans for research project and to discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • To work with industry/research partners (existing and planned) to identify their Connected Health needs (technologies and applications).
  • To contribute to the publication of findings by assisting in compilation of the final report and presenting these findings to relevant bodies, both within UCC and external.
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • 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.

Essential Criteria

The candidate should have:

  • A PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or related area.
  • Appropriate research experience in data analytics of wearable sensors data for Connected Health and Wellness, especially on gait analysis and biomechanics.
  • Experience with clinicians and patients.
  • Experience with lab-equipment, especially wearable sensors and camera-based systems.
  • A strong publication record.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery of research projects.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Self-motivation, initiative, and being achievement-oriented.

Desirable Criteria

  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.
  • Evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Evidence of excellent time management skills.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Salvatore Tedesco, email

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,221 - €44,266.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 -  Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference ST-08

Step 2 - Return the completed Application form, together with your CV, motivation letter and references 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.

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.