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Medical Device Engineer


The UCD Medical Device Design Group, part of the UCD Centre for Biomedical Engineering and the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, have an opening for a Medical Device Engineer to join the group. The engineer will work on medical device development as part of the DRIVE (Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy) consortium. This consortium involves fourteen partners from seven European countries and has received €8.9 million funding as part of the Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme. The DRIVE programme is developing materials and novel devices and delivery systems to enhance the transplant and survival of insulin producing pancreatic islets for the treatment of diabetes. The researcher will be tasked with developing a minimally invasive delivery device to deliver pancreatic β-cells effectively in a targeted and protected fashion.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria:


• PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Design, or closely related discipline, or equivalent industry experience in R&D medical device development roles

• Experience at multiple stages of medical device translation from generating concepts and prototypes, manufacturing processes, performing pre-clinical evaluations and transferring results to manufacturing.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills are required

• Capacity to generate new ideas and translate towards clinical


In addition, evidence of the following will significantly enhance an application:

• PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical engineering or closely related discipline with significant post-qualification research experience

• Experience in developing minimally invasive delivery systems and devices

• Experience in developing cell macroencapsulation devices

• Previous experience in medical device testing in pre-clinical models

• Evidence of generating intellectual property and commercialising technology

How to Apply

Full details of the position and the application process are available through the UCD Human Resources website: job ref 009503 ‘Medical Device Engineer, UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (Temporary)’. Closing date for applications is the 11th of August.

Informal enquiries may be made to

Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill

Lecturer in Bioengineering

Email address: eoin.ocearbhaill@ucd.ie

Telephone: 00-353-1-7161715


PhD and Postdoctoral Positions

PhD Position: Optimisation of Implantable Electrodes for Neural Stimulation


Applications are invited for a full time PhD position with the Neuromuscular Systems Research Lab at University College Dublin. The position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices. The start date for the project is September 2017.

Recent advances in technologies that interface with the nervous system offer the potential for significant therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits across a diverse range of applications including deep brain stimulation, brain machine interfaces and neural control of prostheses. Changes that occur at the interface between the electrode and surrounding tissue during long-term neural recording or stimulation can have a significant effect on electrode performance, yet are not yet fully understood.

This project aims to increase understanding of the biological response of neural tissue to implanted electrodes, and to design electrodes for long-term recording and stimulation of neural tissue in which the mechanical and material properties of the electrode are matched to the tissue in which they are implanted. The problem will be addressed through a combination of experimental methods and computational modelling.

Who Should Apply

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical, Electronic or Biomedical Engineering (or a related discipline). Suitable candidates will have a strong interest in biomedical/neural engineering and neuroscience. Excellent analytical, computational and communications skills are essential. Suitable candidates should be able to work independently and as a part of team.


The position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices. Studentships cover tuition fees for EU applicants and a tax free stipend of €18,000 per year. An annual allowance is provided for research consumables and for conference attendance.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this project (1 page max), CV, and academic transcripts to

Prof. Madeleine Lowery

UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

University College Dublin


Dublin 4


E-mail: madeleine.lowery@ucd.ie

Tel. (01) 716 1911


PhD or PostDoctoral Opportunity in Orthopaedic Medical Device Design

The UCD Medical Device Design Group is always looking to attract highly motivated candidates to join our interdisciplinary team, developing medical devices that address clinical needs. Our projects focus on the design, development and testing of novel medical devices for a broad suite of clinical indications.

The UCD Medical Device Design Group is an interdisciplinary team with collaborative links nationally to Cúram, the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices and internationally to leading laboratories at Harvard University and MIT.

Our projects have significant potential for commercial development and require engineers interest in engaging in commercial exploitation of technology, working closely with clinical and industry collaborators.

Preferred candidate can be invited to apply for PhD or postdoctoral funding (dependent on career stage) under the supervision of Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill through the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme (http://research.ie/scheme/enterprise-partnership-scheme or http://research.ie/scheme/enterprise-partnership-scheme-postdoctoral-now-open) where an industry partner and appropriate project are identified.

Further info:

For more information on this position please contact Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill (eoin.ocearbhaill@ucd.ie)

Undergraduate Positions

Annual Student Summer Research Awards Programme

The SSRA programme is an 8-week supervised undergraduate student project within our research laboratories, at our affiliated clinical sites or with patient advocate groups.

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