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BC-55 Researcher - Photonic Devices

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork invites applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher in photonic devices. The successful candidate will join the Photonics Centre at Tyndall to work within the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) under the direction of Brian Corbett on the development of photonic devices based on InP and GaAs for use in sensing applications. The researcher will be involved in the design, development, fabrication, integration, characterisation and application of the devices. They will collaborate with many other researchers at Tyndall from epitaxy to packaging and application specialists. We seek researchers who can build a long term career at Tyndall.


  • Develop (design, build, characterise and apply) low-noise, long-wavelength photodetecrors.
  • Develop and apply device preparation techniques for their integration using micro-transfer-printing technology.
  • Integrate the devices with electronics to produce prototypes.
  • Benchmark the technology and meet with potential end users.
  • Assist in the planning, organising, conducting, and communicating the research results at conferences and in scientific articles.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities in order to develop research skills and competencies e.g. proposal planning and grant writing.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant 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

  • Applicants should have a PhD in physics, materials science, electrical and electronic engineering, or related subject area or to have equivalent experience.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of the design and characterisation of photonic devices is necessary.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • It is expected that the candidate will be achievement-orientated with high levels of initiative.

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience in device processing technology.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Brian Corbett, email

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €36,853 - €43,828.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to

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.