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Researcher - Hardware Integration of Photonic devices

BC-63 Researcher – Hardware Integration of Photonic devices

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork invites applications for positions of researcher in photonic devices group. The successful candidate will join the Photonics Centre at Tyndall to work within the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) on the development of photonic devices based on InP and GaAs for use in sensing applications. The researchers will be involved in the electronic control, integration and characterisation of the devices and investigating commercial applications. They will collaborate with many other researchers at Tyndall with the goal to commercialise the results.

Particularly, we seek an electronics engineer to develop hardware and software supporting the operation of linear photo-detector arrays. High performance photo-detector arrays have been developed. Linear arrays of detectors will now be integrated with required hardware/software as demonstrators. These demonstrators will initially be PCB based digital circuits and will then progressing to full integration with Read-Out Integrated Circuits (ROICs). We also seek a researcher to perform characterisation and analysis of devices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Evaluation of different methods of reading out data from linear photo-detector arrays, i.e. analog and digital. 
  • Design and implementation of electronic circuits and software for the reading of linear photo-detector arrays.
  • Control of Read Out IC to demonstrate proper signalling.
  • Evaluation of noise characteristics and performance of photo-detectors.
  • Characterise and optimise long-wavelength photodetectors.
  • Analyse results and prepare technical reports.
  • Benchmark the technology and engage with potential end users.
  • Assist in the planning, organising, conducting, and communicating the research results at conferences and in scientific articles.
  • 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

  • A PhD in a relevant area.
  • Previous experience and knowledge in electronic hardware / software for the control of electronic devices or sensors.
  • 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 photonic applications.
  • Knowledge of readout of photodiodes and of Read Out Integrated Circuits (ROICs).
  • Interest in commercialisation

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to John Justice, email

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,873 - €45,041.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference BC-63

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

 Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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.