Tyndall National Institute

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BOF-69 Research MASTERS Postgraduate Student in Marine Sensor Systems for Aquaculture and health monitoring of Fish

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Role Description

The Wireless Sensor Network Group (WSN) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently advertising for the position of MENGSC Student Researcher Fish monitoring Systems development deployment and test.

The Tyndall National Institute, at University College, Cork is a world leader in the development of 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 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 (as part of a European Project - IMPAQT) in the development of Smart systems for next generation fish monitoring systems. These systems will incorporate multiple sensing modalities and communications technologies to solve the research problem of fish health monitoring in a marine environment. The successful candidate will therefore be required to integrate and control the relevant components of the fish health monitoring system. This will involve identifying appropriate communications technology; sensors and developing as part of the research team appropriate customized smart sensing systems.

The successful MENGSC Student Researcher will help define, manage and implement an applied research project 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.

Activities will include applied research implementation, software co-design of embedded systems 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 smart system development for the marine environment.

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 help develop the specification, design and deployment of marine sensing systems.

  • To undertake tasks requiring technical competence in the field of wearable sensors incorporating inertial/physiological sensors for fish health monitoring.

  • To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing reports including conclusions and recommendations. Application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to establish fish health.

  • 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 carry out administrative work to support the program of research and ensure all project deliverables and milestones are achieved in a timely manner.

  • 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 disseminate project outputs, through the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

  • To work with industry/research partners (existing and planned) to identify their marine sensing needs (technologies and applications).

  • 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 2:1H degree in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or equivalent research experience.

  • Experience with sensor development, integration and test

  • Experience with lab-equipment.

  • 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

Desirable Criteria

  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.

  • Evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills.

  • Evidence of excellent time management skills.

  • Experience with sensor systems for health monitoring is an asset.

  • High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation are encouraged.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Brendan O’Flynn at brendan.oflynn

An annual student stipend of €18,000.00 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions: Please click here to access Job Description and Application instructions

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.

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