Senior Researcher in biophotonics focused on time-of-flight spectroscopy

Tyndall National Institute


October 14, 2022


SAE-23 Senior Researcher in biophotonics focused on time-of-flight spectroscopy

CONTRACT: Full Time/Fixed Term

Biophotonics@Tyndall is a relatively newly established collaborative research programme based at the Tyndall National Institute led by Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels. The Group's focus is to form close collaborations with clinicians, research centres and companies to accelerate biophotonics technology and rapidly deliver breakthrough technologies into the hands of health-care providers. Using photonics as a driver for the faster development and deployment of more accurate, less invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer and other diseases.

Reporting to the Head of Biophotonics, the position of Senior Researcher will be expected to provide a supporting operational role in the expansive research programme and in the supervision and management of the Biophotonics@Tyndall group at IPIC. The successful candidate will also be directly responsible for one or more of the projects to be initiated under this exciting new venture, including finding solutions to existing clinical and pre-clinical challenges and the advancement of techniques such as diffuse reflectance, fluorescence, Raman and photoacoustics.

The position help build the growing biophotonics activity at the successful IPIC centre, hosted at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, and will lead a multi-team activity to develop new micro image sensing platforms for clinical diagnostics and surgical guidance. The person will also develop our research on photon time-of-flight for biophotonics.

Key Responsibilities

The candidate is expected to be creative, self-motivated, and should inspire group members to work efficiently in a friendly atmosphere and collaborative environment. This is a key position, of central importance for the success of building the biophotonics team at Tyndall. The main technical area of expertise will therefore most likely be within system design and biomedical applications of microcameras as well as in photon time-of-flight spectroscoopy. The expertise area of research might also be within biomedical optics systems or integrated optics, other central fields of research within the team.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Independently identify research objectives and potential funding sources, and prepare funding proposals.
  • Support the establishment, management and development of the research team (staff, post-docs and students) and provide mentorship, coaching and supervision as appropriate.
  • Manage the operational development of the team in line with the IPIC strategy and the Tyndall Strategic plan.
  • Manage research capabilities, laboratories and associated infrastructure in order to successfully execute research objectives.
  • Leverage existing projects and research facilities at Tyndall in order to identify new research opportunities and industrial projects.
  • Contribute to the development of national and international collaborative research networks and create new synergies/collaborations between Tyndall and other research third party bodies.
  • Establish and maintain key industrial partnerships, including management and delivery of commercially focused projects.
  • Disseminate the outcomes of the research, including peer‐reviewed academic publications and presentations at conferences of international standing.
  • Contribute to the engagement on intellectual property activities in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer.
  • Supervise postdocs, postgraduate research students as supervisor and/or co‐supervisor.
  • Participate in post graduate examination internal and external.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities.
  • Be able to participate in undergraduate teaching as required
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with to Tyndall's processes and procedures, including but not limited to Quality Management and Health and Safety
  • Essential Criteria

  • Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: physics, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field.
  • Typically 6 years relevant post-doctoral experience in the field of biophotonics.
  • Track record of high quality peer reviewed publications as senior/supervising author post PhD.
  • Experience writing competitive research proposals, national or EU.
  • Experienced in supervising postgraduate students and postdocs.
  • Demonstrated experimental skills and hands-on experience with optical systems
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experimental and theoretical experience researching the fields of biomedical optics, photon time-of-flight spectroscopy and system integration.
  • Ambition to develop a long-term research career in Tyndall.
  • Have secured a competitive research award.
  • Have contributed to the organisation of workshops or conferences.
  • Experience of working in collaborative research projects, e.g. EU, national or industry.
  • Experience working with clinicians.
  • Ability to communicate research effectively to the research community and wider society.
  • Track record of generating intellectual property and supporting its commercialization.
  • Appointment will be made on the Tyndall Senior Researcher I/Admin III (6) scale € 52,068-€ 62,166 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

    Informal queries can be emailed to Prof. Stefan Andersson-Engels at

    Closing date of applications is 14th October, 2022.

    Application Instructions

    Step 1 - candidates should apply in confidence by clickinghere to download and complete the application form and indicate SAE-23 as the Job Reference

    Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter

    Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

    For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process click here.

    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.

    Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

    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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