Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Mechanical Design of Medical Devices

Tyndall National Institute

Cork, Ireland

Job description:

Due to the significant growth of its research programme, the ICT for Health group at the Tyndall National Institute, Cork at University College Cork has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher in mechanical design of medical devices. The research primarily involves the mechanical design of novel medical devices and systems for biomedical and sensing applications using advanced Micro-Nano sensing technology, photonic devices including semiconductor emitters (LEDs and lasers), micro optical components and optical fibres and applying advanced and novel integration and packaging techniques. Besides taking responsibility for a number of medical device mechanical device design projects, the ideal candidate should display an ability to support and participate in developing novel mechanical design concepts and support the implementation of these design concepts through the fabrication of prototypes for evaluation. Much of the research in the group is performed in collaboration with industry partners and an ability to work to project deadlines, manage project deliverables and liaise directly with industry partners is an essential requirement.


Key responsibilities include the mechanical design for medical devices using 3D software packages like solidworks, modelling using Comsol and Zemax of novel medical devices in support of the medical device industry and the ICT for health team in Tyndall. The ideal candidate should have proven experience using the above software packages and demonstrate an ability to design complex and efficient mechanical solutions at a component or micro scale and at systems level. An ability to support the implementation the rapid prototyping of these mechanical designs would be a distinct advantage. The chosen candidate will also be responsible for providing regular updates and presentations to industry partners on project status and ensuring key project timelines are met.


  • Undergraduate and master’s level qualifications in mechanical engineering and a PhD in Physics or Engineering with a focus on mechanical design, simulation and prototype. (Essential)
  • Advanced mechanical design skills using 3D Solidworks or other 3D design packages. (Essential)
  • Three to five years Industry experience in a mechanical design role. (Essential)
  • Experience of the medical device industry world be an advantage and desirable.
  • It is desirable that the candidate demonstrates abilities in all of the above areas, but training will be provided by Tyndall staff where necessary.
  • Candidates should also display ability for project management, presentations, report and specification writing and the ability to work with minimal supervision.


  • Prototyping - experience in producing prototype designs using state of the art prototyping and rapid prototyping techniques e.g. 3D additive, moulding, machining etc. (Essential).
  • Some modelling experience using Comsol or other software package in characterising advanced mechanical designs including some analysis of thermal and electrical performance.
  • A working understanding of MEMs, Microelectronics and Photonics (Desirable but not essential).

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