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Research Assistant – Mechatronic Hardware Design

IMaR currently have an opening for a Research Assistant in Mechatronic Hardware Design to join our team based out of the Institute of Technology Tralee.

All applications to be made on-line.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 28th September 2020.

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

For details see the ITT vacancies page

Technology Gateway Manager

IT Tralee is currently recruiting for the position of Manger of the IMaR Technology Gateway.

Job Role and Description

The Technology Gateway Manager will drive the industry collaboration activity and commercialization focus of the Gateway. S/he will be responsible for promoting, securing and successfully delivering on the targeted level of industrial collaborative projects. The role will involve managing the industrial engagement process with Irish industry, new business development and working closely with the IMaR team, to develop and implement strategies to further progress IMaR competencies through delivering world class research for industry, as well as driving the basic applied research portfolios for each respective strand within the IMaR Technology Gateway. The IMaR Technology Gateway Manager will report to the Head (Director)of IMaR at IT Tralee, Enterprise Ireland and the IMaR Industrial Steering Committee.The post is tenable up to 31st December 2022.

Qualifications and Experience

  • While an honours bachelor’s degree in a Science or Engineering discipline is a minimum requirement, a masters or PhD is desirable.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years industry experience in a relevant industrial environment.
  • An ability to conceptualise and facilitate the development of commercial applications for research.
  • Experience of working on industry focused innovative projects and the ability to translate the IMaR Technology Gateways technical skills into a technology offer that can deliver innovative solutions for industry partners.
  • Extensive knowledge of current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques and approaches in electronic, mechanical or software engineering or related technical discline; scientific papers, patents and market intelligence on same.


The appointed candidate will be required to:

  • Manage the IMaR Technology Gateway’s research team and research centre facilities to develop opportunities for IMaR by locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing business relationships with IMaR Technology Gateway Industrial clients;
  • Understand an industry need from a manufacturing perspective and to translate this need as a technology solution to industrial partners;
  • Promote, secure and successfully deliver on the targeted level of industrial collaborative projects;
  • Develop innovative industrial partnerships, integrating the IMaR Technology Gateway, its programs and activities into the fabric of the national research infrastructure, economic landscape and broader economic development goals and strategies;
  • Provide introductions and networking opportunities to facilitate centre growth and development;
  • Liaise collaboratively with the relevant inputs of IT Tralee support functions e.g. the Offices of the Vice President for Research, Development and External Engagement, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Enterprise Ireland;
  • Interface with the Institutes Schools and Departments and with appropriate external organisations to facilitate integrated programmes of research, entrepreneurship, technology and knowledge transfer. In particular, facilitating and ensuring the Institute’s academic staff are integral to and contribute to each research programme under the umbrella of the IMaR Technology Gateway;
  • Provide detailed reports on Gateway activities and strategic planning upon request to IT Tralee management, Enterprise Ireland and the IMaR Industry Steering Committee;


A salary of up to €88,148 will apply to this post depending on qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure

All applications must be made online at

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 30th September 2020. Location This post is located at IMaR in the Institute of Technology, Tralee however travel will be required to collaborate with Industrial and Academic Partners in the development of research activity. Informal


Informal enquiries ONLY may be addressed to Prof.Joseph Walsh, email:

Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 18th September 2020 Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

Research Engineer/Senior Research Engineer – Mechanical/Electronic/Software Engineering

We are looking for a highly motivated engineer / senior engineer to work as a Researcher or Research Fellow (contingent on qualifications and experience) on a SFI-Lero co-funded project in collaboration with a leading manufacturer of heavy electro mechanical equipment in the region. The successful candidate will, subject to their experience and project requirements,collaboratively work on technologies such as motion control, data analytics, system dynamics, sensor systems and machine learning. The successful candidate may also provide strategic and technical input to the project team

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All applications to be made on-line.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 9th September 2020

For details see the ITT vacancies page

Research Assistant – Software: Virtual/Augment Reality Developer

The Institute of Technology Tralee in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, CONFIRM Smart Manufacturing Research Centre and an industry consortium of Tier 1 AgriTech companies across the south west, west and mid-west regions, are recruiting a research assistant technician with skills in IoT, interactive multimedia, 3D content, immersive 360 multimedia and virtual and augmented.

We are looking for a highly motivated, Research Assistant to join the research team at IMaR. The successful candidate will collaboratively work and contribute to a cutting-edge research project in the AgriTech domain.

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All applications to be made on-line.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 9th September 2020

For details see the ITT vacancies page


Improving Resource Efficiency of Agribusiness supply chains by Minimising waste using Big Data and Internet of Things sensors

Project details

  • Programme: INTERREG North-West Europe
  • Duration of the Project: 42 months
  • Total budget: € 4.88 m
  • EU funding: € 2.93 m
  • Lead Partner: University of Bedfordshire (UK)
  • Partners: 
    • Images & RĂ©seaux (France)
    • National University of Ireland
    • University College Dublin (Ireland)
    • University of Nantes (France)
    • Levstone Ltd (UK)
    • Nottingham Trent University (UK)
    • Whysor (Netherlands)
    • Institute of Technology in Tralee (Ireland)
    • SenX (France)
    • Ulster University (UK)
    • Dunbia (Northern Ireland)

Aims and Objectives

The REAMIT project proposes to adapt and apply existing innovative technology to food supply chains in NWE to reduce food waste and hence improve resource efficiency. The EU has committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. 35% of food waste in EU-28 has occurred in supply chains in 2012. Though technologies exist to reduce food waste, they have not been applied to food supply chains.

Specific objectives:

REAMIT will focus on fruits, vegetables, meat and fish as these are wasted in large quantities. The supply chain includes farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers. The project will be carried out in Ireland, Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands due to the amount of interconnected food supply chains and huge food waste in these countries. The project will adapt existing Internet of Things and Big Data technologies to best fit the needs of the food supply chain management system in NWE. Through testing and adaptation, these technologies will be enabled to continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues. Through analytics, owners of ‘food to be at risk of becoming waste’ will be provided with decision support options to minimise food waste including redistribution to nearby customers. REAMIT project will save 1.8Mt of food waste or €3B per year in NWE, avoid 5.5Mt/yr of CO2 emissions, test and operationalise 8 solutions, and, support 20 enterprises. The technologies will be self-sustaining at the end of the project. They will be made available to the public via REAMIT website and social media.

The long-term effects of REAMIT will be optimising (re)use of food and natural resources in NWE economies and a consortium capable of jointly addressing the challenges in food sector.

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Opportunity – Research Assistant (Engineering –Mechatronics)

IMaR currently have an opening for a Research Assistant in Engineering – Mechatronics to join our team based out of the Institute of Technology Tralee.

Research Assistant

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All applications to be made on-line.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 21st February 2020

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

For details see the ITT vacancies page

Opportunities – 2 posts Software Engineering, Data Analytics and Machine Learning

IMaR currently has openings for 2 researcher to join our team:

  • Research Fellow – Software and Control Engineering
  • Research Assistant/Post-Doctoral Researcher – Data Analytics and Machine Learning

All applications to be made online. 

More information and application

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 2nd December 2019.

IMaR awarded funding for R&D equipment

The IMaR Research Centre at IT Tralee has been awarded funding by Enterprise Ireland for a significant investment into cutting-edge equipment for R&D in advanced manufacturing. This new equipment will be made available to Irish manufacturing companies to test and trial new technologies in manufacturing via the IMaR Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway, IMaR’s outward facing industrial engagement division, based at IT Tralee.

In total, there were 43 successful applicants from the Institutes of Technology (IoT) and TU Dublin to the value of €6 million, of which IMaR have received 4 separate awards. The four funding awards include:

  • A fleet of autonomous industrial vehicles
  • A suite of industrial machinery monitoring equipment
  • An industrial wireless communication technology testbed
  • A high-performance industrial data-analytics server.

The development of the facility will allow IMaR to showcase current advancements in machine connectivity, industrial wireless communication and process automation and optimisation, along with providing a trialling space for new technologies under development by the IMaR Research Centre and partner companies.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Dr. Daniel Riordan, Manager of IMaR Technology Gateway and Director for Industrial Engagement said, “A key component of IMaR’s success in this funding call was its strong track record in industry engagement, specifically meeting the needs of the Irish Manufacturing sector. Funding for this testbed will allow Irish manufacturing to remain at the cutting edge of manufacturing efficiency, quality and profitability as the sector continues to implement the concepts of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.”

Within IMaR this equipment will be combined to create an advanced manufacturing technology testbed, focusing on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which will open to Irish industry for the evaluation of system capabilities or to work collaboratively with the IMaR Research Centre on the research and development of new automation, robotics, machine monitoring and Data Analytics technologies.

Dr. Pat Doody, Joint Principal Investigator and Director of Advanced Studies of IMaR said “The award of this funding from Enterprise Ireland further confirms IMaR’s place as the primary research centre in Ireland for applied research into the Industrial Internet of Things. The funding will facilitate IMaR in providing state of the art technologies which will be made available to our current industry partners and will also be instrumental in attracting further companies to avail of the expertise offered by IMaR. This testbed will ensure that our partners continue to compete at the cutting edge.”

Summer student internships with IMaR

IMaR currently have openings for 3 student internships in Mechatronics and Bioengineering to assist with various projects within the centre. The duration of the positions is 12 weeks with a stipend of €300 per week available for each of the roles. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and training which will help your studies as well as future graduate job prospects. To apply please send a current CV and cover letter to Daniel Riordan Deadline for applications is Friday the 18th of May at 1pm.