Research Assistant – Wearable Electronics and Wearable Sensing
Posted : 23 September 2020
Closes : 9 October 2020
Location : DCU

The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics ( is an SFI funded Research Centre which brings together researchers from University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Maynooth University (MU) and Tyndall National Institute. It creates a critical mass of more than 400 researchers from Ireland’s leading ICT clusters to carry out research on a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application domain areas, such as Health and Human Performance, Smart Communities, Internet of Things, Enterprise and Services and Sustainability and Operations.

The €150m Centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and a wide range of industry and European Union partners. Insight’s research focus encompasses a broad range of data analytics technologies from machine learning, decision analytics and social network analysis to linked data, recommender systems and the sensor web. Together, with more than 220 partner companies, Insight researchers are solving critical challenges in the areas of Connected Health and the Discovery Economy.


The Project

The project aim is to develop a flexible wearable electronic patch to measure body temperature and sweat loss.  The study will involve designing and testing prototypes using passive RFID technology with integrated humidity and temperature sensing.  Based on user feedback the prototype will be designed in a suitable wearable form.

There are two use cases for this device with commercial potential

– Contactless monitoring of temperature to detect early incidence of a fever for early detection of illness including COVID-19

– Physiological measurements for athletic performance and ensuring the well-being of endurance athletes and team sports.

This work is a proof of concept study with the goal of securing further commercialisation funding. Collaboration with partners in clinical settings and DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance will facilitate field trials of the developed prototypes.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties include:

  • developing an RFID based skin patch to monitor skin temperature and humidity,
  • to build some prototypes and test in the lab first, then in field tests.
  • Carry out administrative work associated with the programme of research as necessary
  • Other tasks relevant to successfully implementing the assigned research programme.



A primary degree in Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics, Biomedical Engineering or a relevant discipline.

In addition, ideally, the candidate should have experience in:

  • Prototyping and electronic design
  • Sensor development
  • RFID knowledge (desirable)
  • Good communication and team player
Other Information

Research Career Framework: DCU has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union research funding under Horizon 2020 (and all previous Framework programmes), Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally-focused environment in which you can advance your academic career.

Mandatory Training: The post holder will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: Orientation, Health and Safety, Research Integrity and Intellectual Property and Data Protection training. Other training may need to be undertaken when required.

Salary Scale:      €23,061 – €35,922

*Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience


Informal enquiries to: Dr. Shirley Coyle,, Assistant Professor, School of Electronic Engineering

Application Procedure: To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to

Availability: This role is available to start asap.