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Research Engineer

Tyndall National Institute

  • Cork
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  • Updated 14/12/2012
  • Michael Hayes
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MH-06 Energy Harvesting Engineer - Tyndall National Institute, Cork


MH-06 – Energy Harvesting Research Engineer (Full-time 12 month)


University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute invites applications for an appointment as an Energy Harvesting Researcher to design, develop and deploy energy harvesting solutions for Tyndall’s Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) mote platform. This is required to support 2 EU funded FP7 Research program that Tyndall has in collaboration with Irish and EU partners. These projects require Tyndall to provide self-powered WSN platforms with conditional monitoring capability to improve the reliability and efficiency of the monitored devices. These are strategic project in alignment with Tyndall’s strategy in hosting ‘ICT for energy efficiency’ projects in collaboration with other Irish academic and industry partners. The contract is for a minimum of 12 months and will be subject to extension depending on candidate performance and the awarding to Tyndall of similar research contracts. 

Tyndall National Institute (Tyndall),, is Ireland’s largest research centre, specialising in defined areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Within Tyndall, the WSN team is developing wireless sensor network solutions with industrial and research partners incorporating environmental monitoring system development and health & fitness systems development. A sub-set of this activity is developing energy harvesting solutions for WSN energy efficiency applications.


Reporting to the project Principal Investigator, the candidate will:

· Be responsible for the specification, design and development and support of energy harvesting solutions for Tyndall’s WSN hardware platform

· Be responsible for modifying Tyndall’s WSN mote platform for energy harvesting compatibility and for the conditional monitoring applications of the project in question.

· Incorporate extension of recently developed Tyndall energy harvesting and storage technology and adapting it for the examination of usable ambient energy sources of the projects.

· Travel to project meetings, EU project partner sites and any other deployment sites to present technical results and project updates and support of the WSN hardware development incorporating energy harvesting and conditional monitoring.

· Provide advice and technical support to the other project partners in the inter-operability of the WSN device with various sensors, drivers, meters, middleware applications, security protocols, etc developed/integrated in the research program.

· Maintain engineering logs (hard copy and software) of all activities including engineering documents, meetings, reviews, results, IP generated, project correspondence, etc in accordance to Tyndall’s ISO900 procedures.

· Execute duties in accordance with terms and conditions of the EU project consortium agreement.

· Show leadership within Tyndall in defining energy harvesting and storage solutions.

· Manage the technical elements of the projects defined.

The candidate needs to be practical, assertive and achievement orientated. Good self-management, report writing skills and communication skills for interaction with project partners is essential. It is also essential that technical and project status reports are delivered in a timely manner in accordance with project terms.

The successful applicant should have a degree in Electronic or Electrical Engineering or a related discipline and postgraduate or industry experience in an area relevant to the above theme. Authorship of quality publications and/or patents and management of multiple partner IP would be an advantage as would practical knowledge and experience of electronic system design.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters or PhD in a relevant field with at least 2 years of postgraduate hands-on experience in energy harvesting techniques, design and systems integration preferably with experience in integration with WSN demonstrators in an industrial context.

Some experience in design and deployment of Wireless Systems is particularly valuable. The successful candidate will be a key member of a team with expertise in microsystems technology, wireless sensors, electronics and low power system design.

The ideal candidate will have experience in as many as possible of the following areas:- Energy harvesting techniques (indoor & outdoor solar, thermoelectric, vibrational), Wireless Sensor Network mote design, Analog circuit and hardware design, Hands-on deployment and system integration support, RF communication protocols (Zigbee, IEC801.15.4, ISM band, Bluetooth, etc), Hardware design tools:- Autocad, PADS, P-SPICE, MATLAB

Familiarity with the following types of equipment is required:- Basic lab equipment (oscilloscopes, meters, power sources, etc), network analysers, spectrum analysers and ancillaries.  

Excellent communication skills are essential. A proven ability to work well in a team and to ability to work on his/herown initiative to solve technical, logistical and system integrations is critical. The need to work flexible hours is required and to be adaptable in working practice is essential.


Please apply via the Apply button below selecting reference number MH-06 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.

Tyndall National Institute is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



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