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Postdoctoral Research Opportunity: Laser-fabricated graphene-like carbon sensing elements

AQ-25 Postdoctoral Research Opportunity:  Laser-fabricated graphene-like carbon sensing elements

Contract: Full Time/ Fixed Term

Are you a creative, self-motivated, collaborative researcher with a passion for integrating nanomaterials into smart sensing elements? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join us and advance your career by developing direct-write sensing elements in sustainable biopolymers. 

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT hardware. We focus on solving societal challenges through deep-tech innovation in materials, devices, circuits and systems. We collaborate with industry and academic partners to transform research from atoms to systems into products in our core market areas of Communications, Agri-Tech, Energy, Environment and Health. We are an inclusive and family-friendly community of over 500 researchers, engineers, technicians, professional services and support staff, and postgraduate students.

Job Description

Within the Micro & Nano Systems (MNS) Centre at Tyndall, one of our core strengths is development and integration of materials, devices and systems for smart sensing. In collaboration with MCCI (, a large scale microelectronics technology centre hosted at Tyndall, the Nanotechnology (NTG) group at Tyndall is leading a project for direct-write integration of laser-graphitised carbon sensor elements for strain/pressure sensing and detection of volatile organic compounds. This project will leverage our core strengths in integration of nanomaterials and laser fabrication of graphene-like carbon.

Key Responsibilities

As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Manage the day-to-day technical progression of the project including:
    • Design, development, characterisation and assessment of laser-fabricated graphene sensing elements, including tactile pressure sensors and volatile organic compound sensors
    • Development of high-quality research outputs (technical updates, publications and patent applications).
    • Management of associated laboratories and infrastructure.
    • Collaboration and communication with project partners
  • Collaborate with colleagues within the Nanotechnology Group and across Tyndall to develop novel laser-fabricated graphene sensors and electronic devices
  • Contribute to group- and Tyndall-level activities as required
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system and with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • To make the most of this exciting opportunity, you will need to have a PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or have an equivalent and relevant professional qualification or equivalent research experience.
  • Your research track-record in integrated nanomaterials and/or smart sensing will be impressive, and you will be passionate about working in partnership with our team to share and co-develop expertise.
  • You will have succeeded in self-motivated delivery of research projects at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • You have the capability and desire to work collaboratively within a team.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of entrepreneurial experience
  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Good laboratory and analytical skills.
  • High levels of initiative, project management, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation are encouraged.

Tyndall National institute has a proactive entrepreneurial culture and we welcome applications from candidates who possess entrepreneurial and creative skills/experience, including the creation of technology start-ups.

This is a fulltime Postdoctoral Researcher opportunity in University College Cork, with the successful candidate on approved IUA salary Scales for postdoctoral Researchers € 42,781 - € 49,177 per annum for 3 months. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Aidan Quinn (

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference AQ-25

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer