Tyndall National Institute

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Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, Cork



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PG-36 Postdoctoral Materials Researcher

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute is a world leader in the development of health tech 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 SMEs and multinational corporations and is approaching market readiness in a number of areas. In parallel, Tyndall has an ambitious ICT for Health strategy that is leveraging our core strengths in Information and Communications Technologies to develop the next generation of smart medtech systems.

As a result of significantly increased commercial investment in medical devices and healthcare related technology development, Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork invites applications for an appointment as a Postdoctoral materials researcher within the Life Science Interfaces Group and reporting to the Head of that group.

The position provides the opportunity to develop innovative smart medtech solutions based on flexible and stretchable electronics, as well as gaining valuable experience in design, material R&D, sensors, fabrication, system integration and testing of medical devices and systems. Furthermore experience could be gained in presenting at conferences, workshops, and industry meetings, as well as filing IP and publishing research in high impact journals.

Key Responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity to implement applied research in the fast-moving area of integrated stretchable electronics on balloon catheters for medical applications. The successful candidate will collaborate with multi-disciplinary industry-aligned researchers with expertise in biomedical microsystems technology. And more specifically within Tyndall collaborate in areas such as thin film fabrication, transferring processes to stretchable polymers, low power electronics and sensor circuitry, wireless communication, software design and system integration.

The work will also entail development of specifications, system design and outlining testing strategies for embedded sensing solutions and be involved in activities which include fabrication of biocompatible devices or systems, covering risk management, sterilisation protocols, material & process selection, prototype building, and testing of hardware/software co-design and presenting at project progress and other meetings.

Other responsibilities:

  • 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

  • PhD degree in Materials Science/ Electronics / Computer Science / Biomedical Science/ Engineering or in other relevant discipline(s).

  • At least four years’ experience in (micro) electronics circuit/ sensor fabrication, assembly and testing.

  • Track record of good idea-generation, analytical problem solving skills and resourcefulness in finding solutions.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for interaction with internal and external partners.

  • Self-motivated

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of ability to work effectively as part of a team.

  • Hands-on research and development experience in the medical devices area.

  • Experience of technology transfer, IP and patent processes.

  • One or more publications/patents on related research.

  • Knowledgeable in areas of flexible/ stretchable electronics, circuit assembly, polymer materials, metallisation techniques and sensors.

  • An understanding of medical regulatory requirements and standards for medical product manufacturing.

  • Evidence of planning (specifications, design, time scheduling), executing (material selection, process development, experimental design, prototype manufacture) and delivering (prototype testing, reporting, documentation) skills contributing to a research project.

  • Familiar with material characterisation, reliability testing and failure analysis.

  • Experience of working in or with industry.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Paul Galvin, Head of ICT for Health Strategic Programmes (

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,221 - €44,266.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

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

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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