Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall National Institute

Postdoctoral Researcher – BioPhotonics Optical System Designer


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STS-1 Postdoctoral Researcher – BioPhotonics Optical System Designer

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National institute has a proactive entrepreneurial culture and we welcome applications from candidates who possess entrepreneurial and creative skills/experience, including the creation of technology start-ups.

Role Description

The BioPhotonics group at Tyndall National Institute invites applications for a dynamic postdoctoral position in the areas of photo disinfection and endoscopy based imaging. The position is co-funded through the EU MedPhab pilotline for photonics-enabled medical devices to support fast-paced industry-led research projects. The selected candidate will work closely with our industry collaborators and directly contribute to the research, design and development of innovative photonics medical devices.


  • The candidate is expected to take a lead role in driving the industry-led research and development activities within the defined project
  • Communicate directly with collaborators on the project progress
  • Ensure timely completion of tasks agreed with collaborators
  • Preparation of deliverable reports
  • Designing advanced fibre-coupled lights sources and illumination systems
  • Optical modelling such as Zemax ray tracing to optimise system design
  • Characterisation of optical sources and systems
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system and required Health & Safety standards
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post
  • Essential criteria

  • Have a PhD (or about to graduate) in Biophotonics/Photonics
  • Strong background in designing optical systems for applications in Biophotonics
  • Proven experience with fluorescence spectroscopy, including hands-on lab experience and handling of biological samples
  • Evidence of experience with optical modelling tools for ray tracing (e.g., Zemax) and light-tissue interaction (e.g., Monte-Carlo)
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of entrepreneurial experience
  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Good planning, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage in the wider research activities of the BioPhotonics group
  • Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Simon Sorensen at [email protected]

    Application Instructions

    Step 1 - clickhere to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference STS-1.

    Step 2 – return completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter [email protected].

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

    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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    Postdoctoral Researcher – BioPhotonics Optical System Designer


    Tyndall National Institute




    September 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 15, 2023

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