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Postdoctoral Researcher, Smart Sensors Lab, College Of Medicine, Nursing And Health Sciences, NUI

National University of Ireland,Galway€38,632.00 - €45,942.00 per yearFull-timeTemporary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a postdoctoral researcher to join our team at the Smart Sensors Lab, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, CURAM, and is available from September 1st, 2021 to August 31st, 2023.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will develop an electronic embedded system for powering and communication with an implantable biosensor. The system will act as an external reader unit for a sensor-based medical device. The candidate will work as part of the team developing the medical device in this project funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. The core technical work includes the design and modelling of reader unit, development of prototypes, interfacing of biosensor with the reader unit and communication antennas, and pre-clinical validation on the bench as well as suitable animal model.

The position will require an individual with expertise in modelling and development of embedded systems, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) based system design or microcontrollers, interfacing of microcontrollers, electronic circuit design, and prototyping. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with academic, industry and clinical partners to design, develop and evaluate the efficacy of the proposed medical device.

Duties: The successful candidate shall be expected to carry out the following duties as part of his/her role:

  • Literature and IP search as required by the project
  • Design and development of the embedded system for reader device to meet the key requirements of the project.
  • Selection of materials and parts for prototype development and design validation
  • Interfacing of the reader system with communication antennas and implanted wireless biosensor.
  • Characterisation of the reader system for robustness under the operating conditions.
  • Computer modelling and bench testing for interoperability of key components of the device including biosensor, reader unit and antenna.
  • Development of the device prototypes for pre-clinical testing.
  • Procurement of equipment and consumables for the project.
  • Interface with clinical, commercial and technical experts.
  • Work with other team members to plan project activities and set key milestones.
  • Prepare scientific reports and research articles.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • A PhD in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (or related discipline).
  • Demonstrable knowledge of embedded systems design and development technologies.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of FPGA and microcontrollers-based system design and interfacing.
  • Experience in electronic circuit design and modelling.
  • Evidence of expert knowledge of Verilog HDL, Xilinx ISE (or similar modelling tools), or microcontroller development tools.
  • Track record of publishing in biomedical and electrical engineering journals.
  • Highly motivated and passionate about new scientific discoveries.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Clear evidence of good inter-personal skills.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Speciality (postgraduate research) in embedded systems design and development.
  • Experience in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of FPGAs, microprocessors and microcontrollers-based system designs.
  • Experience in the presenting of research findings to technical / non-technical audiences.

Salary: €38,632.00 to €45,942.00 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from September 1st, 2021.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see for further information.

For information on moving to Ireland please see

Further information about the smart sensors lab is available at

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Mr Bilal Amin (

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Bilal Amin ( by 5.00 pm, August 05th, 2021.

Please put reference number NUIG-RES 146-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Thursday August 05th, 2021

Interviews are planned to be held in week starting August 17th, 2021.

Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews may have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

NUI Galway reserve the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

The closing date for applications is Thursday the 5th of August 2021

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