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Lantern the shining light at NDRC’s research commercialisation gig

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Getting research out of the lab and into the real world is a difficult task, though NDRC’s recent programme could help Lantern do just that.

Ireland’s knowledge transfer system isn’t perfect but, armed with significant state funding, it’s getting there.

What can help, though, is when initiatives such as NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme for researchers put scientists through their paces.

This week saw Lantern take top prize, thanks to technology that can model the “effective bandwidth” of IT services.

Run as a collaborative partnership with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) and Connect, the programme had a simple premise: it aimed to help researchers actively prepare for commercialisation funding, which will support them on the path to pre-seed investment.

Lantern – a latency analysis system for financial services – is a new network management technology being developed by TSSG.

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SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER (REF. NO. 019158)

Job Title: Senior Software Developer (Ref. No.19158)
Department: Mobile Services Unit (MSU), TSSG (www.tssg.org)
Commencement Date: Immediately
Location: TSSG, Carriganore
Minimum Requirement: MSc. in Computer Science (or equivalent)

Position Details

TSSG is seeking a Senior Software Developer to join its Mobile Services Research Unit.

Major Duties:

  • Work with the Project Manager and customers to develop requirements for software.
  • Set up and implement the architecture of projects.
  • Act as Technical Lead on one or more projects and will have responsibility insuring that delivery deadlines are met.
  • Develop software using the appropriate technology according to agile development best practices (e.g. test driven development, continuous integration, etc.).
  • Develop Object Oriented software modules in Angular, React, Java, Groovy, Grails or similar language.
  • Work with database technologies – for example PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, MS-SQL Server.
  • Work with customers and travel to their sites (National and European) as needed to support the product in production, identify enhancements, elicit requirements and/or solve production problems.
  • Document any necessary processes or procedures.
  • Support the Research Unit Manager in defining new products/services/technology roadmaps.
  • Work with the Project Manager to write proposals for future funding.
  • Mentor junior staff members in software engineering processes and new technologies.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Academic Qualifications
Essential: MSc. Computer Science (or s/w development)

Experience
Essential:  5 years working  in Software Development

Specific knowledge and skills,  IT Skills

Essential: 

  • Advanced understanding of Software engineering principles and architectures.
  • Understanding of software engineering and development for mobile technologies.
  • Understanding of Agile Software development methodologies.
  • Awareness of emerging software technologies and trends.
  • Strong object orientated and/or functional programming ability in React, Ruby on Rails, Java, JavaScript, Node.js framework, Python or similar language.
  • Experience with technologies such as Heroku, Amazon Web Services, Firebase, Cordova, Ionic and MongoDB
  • Knowledge of relational database technologies – (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, MS-SQL Server)
  • Knowledge of source code control and testing tools (e.g. Git, mocha, nose, Coverage, Istanbul, and Jenkins)
  • Knowledge of Web Technologies (e.g. RESTful APIs)

Desirable

  • Knowledge and experience with React Native
  • Commercial software Development, specifically front end and UI Design

Specific Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Customer interaction skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and methodical approach to problem solving
  • Excellent product knowledge and ability of scoping out product requirements from concept through to commercial product
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Strong analytical skills and logical approach to problem solving
  • Ability to contribute to proposal development
  • Flexibility

Other
Essential:  Self-motivated and enthusiastic about position

Closing date of advert: 4.00pm on Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a CV and covering letter via email to recruitment@wit.ie.  Any documents in excess of this requirement will be deleted. Please mark the application clearly with the appropriate reference number.  Please address to Ms. Ruth Hennebry, The Human Resource Office, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel: 051-845519. Please note that hard copy will not be accepted.

At a minimum candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. The Institute will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Please note applications will be acknowledged within five working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a hard copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.

This post is subject to Garda Vetting.

WIT is an equal opportunities employer.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (REF. NO. 019178)

Job Title:                                                     Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref. No. 019178)
Department:                                               TSSG (www.tssg.org)
Commencement Date:                              Immediately
Minimum Qualification Required:         PhD

Description

The successful  applicant should have expertise in the areas of wireless networks, wireless network protocols, wireless channel modelling, Terahertz (THz) Communication.

Major Duties:

  • Possess research expertise in the areas of wireless networks, wireless network protocols, wireless channel modelling, Terahertz (THz) Communication.
  • Perform basic and applied research in line with the objectives and workplan of funded research projects, under direction from the project Principal Investigator(s);
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of research prototypes and demonstrators;
  • Disseminate research results via publications in scientific conferences and journals;
  • Participate in the supervisory teams of postgraduate research students;
  • Work with the project Principal Investigator(s) and the WIT Technology Transfer Office to protect and exploit developed intellectual property;
  • Contribute to the development of research funding proposals;
  • Contribute to internal TSSG research dissemination, knowledge sharing and training activates;
  • Perform other tasks as set by the TSSG Research Unit Manager in order to progress the development of the unit.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Academic Qualifications
Essential:        PhD

Experience
Essential:        Previous role as a researcher, or in academic environment
Desirable:       1 years work experience in a relevant area (Wireless Communications)

Specific Knowledge and Skills
Essential:        Networking, Wireless network protocols
Desirable:       Terahertz communication, wireless channel modelling

Specific Personal Qualities
Desirable:       Leadership, team work, presentation skills, self-motivated

Closing date of advert: Tuesday, 18th July 2017

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit a CV and covering letter via email to recruitment@wit.ie.  Any documents in excess of this requirement will be deleted.  Please mark the application clearly with the appropriate reference number. Please address to Ms. Ruth Hennebry, The Human Resource Office, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel: 051-845519. Please note that hard copy will not be accepted.

At a minimum candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. The Institute will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Please note applications will be acknowledged within five working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a hard copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.

This post is subject to Garda Vetting.

WIT is an equal opportunities employer.

How to capitalise on Ireland’s strength in the AgTech sector

James Maloney, Enterprise Ireland; Rita Guinan, head of enterprise, local enterprise office Tipperary; and Donal Mullane, regional manager, Teagasc.

James Maloney, Enterprise Ireland; Rita Guinan, head of enterprise, local enterprise office Tipperary; and Donal Mullane, regional manager, Teagasc.

A conference aiming to highlight opportunities to capitalise on Ireland’s strengths in the emerging AgTech sector has been launched.

The AgTech Symposium will take place on Wednesday, 5 July, at The Horse and Jockey Hotel in Tipperary.

AgTech is developing at pace across the country and the agencies involved are anxious to bring increased focus to this area in the South and East, that will lead to opportunities, innovation, connections, strategic alliances and targeted supports. The conference is be organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) of the South East Region and funded under the Action Plan for Jobs. It is in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, the Institutes of Technology, the Irish Farmers Journal, Agriforvalor, TSSG and industry.

It will offer insight into the future for AgTech in Ireland by investigating opportunities to grow AgTech, how we can grow and develop ready-built technologies to be used in an agricultural capacity and what is the real impact of AgTech on the farm with insights from progressive farmers and companies who are using technology on the farm every day.

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Lantern announced as winner of NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme in partnership with SFI Research Centres

L-R- Eoin O’Driscoll, Tyndall, Frank Smith, Connect, Philip O'Brien, Lantern, Kevin Burke, Enterprise Ireland and Gary Leyden, NDRC

L-R- Eoin O’Driscoll, Tyndall, Frank Smith, Connect, Philip O’Brien, Lantern, Kevin Burke, Enterprise Ireland and Gary Leyden, NDRC

NDRC’s Pre–Commercialisation Programme for researchers concluded today with announced as the winner of the showcase event. Run as a collaborative partnership with SFI Research Centres – the Irish Photonic Integration Research Centre, The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group Research Centre and the Connect Research Centre -the aim of the programme was to help researchers actively prepare for commercialisation funding which will support them on the path to pre-seed investment.

Over a sixteen-week period, the NDRC team worked with the researchers to identify market challenges, helping them understand the value of the customer discovery and validation process and to explore the application of business model design to their research. The programme also offered the opportunity for the researchers to meet entrepreneurs and expand their networks in the digital startup sector.

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