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PhD in Illumination Source

BC-70 PhD in Illumination Source 

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Summary of project

Hyperspectral imaging refers to the analysis of a scene using multiple regions of the spectrum enabling the extraction of enhanced information especially in biological situations where, for example, different components of tissue can be identified. The images can be obtained by filtering the image prior to the camera resulting in a reduced signal or by illuminating the scene with light sources from different regions of the spectrum. 

This project will perform the latter by developing for the first time compact integration of the sources on a common platform (photonic circuit) enabling efficient coupling to optical fibers and subsequent use in endoscopic investigations. Semiconductor lasers covering different wavelengths will be fabricated and, using the new technology of transfer printing, integrated onto a designed photonic waveguide network allowing independent and temporal control of the spectral content. Optical, electrical, thermal and mechanical aspects are to be investigated resulting in a ground-breaking device for patient analysis. The light will be coupled to optical fiber and developed module will be used by Tyndall colleagues and external collaborators in tissue analysis experiments. 

The work will be carried out in the III-V materials and devices group at Tyndall with cross group collaboration.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Design, fabrication and characterisation of integrated light sources 
  • Collaborate with other colleagues and end users to achieve the most impactful outcomes
  • Reporting and presenting the work on a regular basis (internal and external)
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system and required Health & Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • The ideal applicants will have a 1st Class Honours degree or an MSc in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge of device fabrication would be advantageous, but is not essential.

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for the successful candidate for this position.Yearly University Academic Fees will be paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference BC-70

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

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency ( as per UCC regulations. Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

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.

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.