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Research Engineer - Life Science Interface

Reference:KTW4 Location: Cork City
Qualification:MastersExperience:2-3 Years
Job Type:Full-TimeSalary: € Negotiable
May be suitable for: Research Engineer

A postdoctoral/application engineer position is available in the Life Sciences Interface Group at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork to work on the development of capsule technology for a biopharmaceutical application. The project is funded for 2 years by the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund programme. The duration of this position is 18 months, with a possibility of extension. This project will develop a capsule, which will monitor environmental conditions in a bioreactor. The capsule consists of different sensors and associated circuitry encapsulated in a biocompatible packaging. The first generation of the instrumentation has been developed. It includes an interface circuit, which connects to the different sensors in the capsule, an RF communication circuit, a power supply and a microcontroller unit providing overall control of the system. Communication is currently monodirectional and comprises a miniaturised RF transmitter in the capsule and an external RF receiver module. The instrumentation now needs to be optimised and redesigned for this new capsule application and the successful candidate will be responsible for the redevelopment of a system. S/he will also investigate different packaging options for the circuitry such as surface mount and bare die. Experience in the following areas is desired: practical circuit simulation and design experience including PCB layout (using Altuim designer is preferable), packaging technologies, and hands on electronic development and debug. The person will need to have skills in software development for microcontrollers on PCs (windows) and will need to be able to analyse sets of data. The person should be dependable and resourceful. A knowledge of microcontroller embedded software development is essential. Hands on experience in the area of miniaturisation development techniques and High Density Packaging (HDP) design would be advantageous. Requirements • Candidates should have PhD/Ms qualification in a relevant area e.g. electrical engineering, physics, instrumentation and poses an excellent knowledge of instrumentation functional units: low-noise amplifiers, powering circuitry, ADC, signal conditioning circuitries, RF receiver/transmitter etc. • S/he should have a proven/track 2-3 year experience in instrumentation design, low power electronics, hardware implementation, PCB layout and assembly for SMT technology and microcontroller programming. • Additional practical experience in radio frequency circuitry would also be appreciated. For informal enquiries on the post candidates should contact Dr Karen Twomey. Please apply via, selecting reference number KTW-4 and following the instructions to complete the associated application form, attaching your cv and motivation letter. At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.