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PhD in Antenna and RF Design (INSIGHT)

BOF- 80 PhD in Antenna and RF Design (INSIGHT)

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Outline of the work proposed

The Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) research group at Tyndall has recently received funding from SFI through the INSIGHT project. Insight is one of the largest data analytics centres in Europe. It undertakes high-impact research, seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making. The INSIGHT project aims to design wearable devices for fitness and health applications.

The WSN group is looking to recruit a PhD student to develop a wearable antenna and associated wireless front-end as part of disruptive research into wearable devices for healthcare.

Working with the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Head of Group and industry applied research team, the successful candidate will be part of a team of multi-disciplinary industry aligned researchers. This team has expertise in the development of microsystems technology, wireless sensors, analog and digital electronic circuits, antennas and low-power system hardware and software designed to execute fundamental research as well as industry defined applied research projects. The team comprises engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications.


This PhD work will focus on the development of a wearable antenna and associated wireless front-end for a healthcare application. These components will be developed with sustainability being a key requirement and consequently, great care will be taken in the choice of materials used in the design. The antenna will be studied using a diverse range of flexible substrate materials, including textile options. In addition, eventual biocompatibility issues should be addressed if the final use case requires it.

Activities will also include travel to international conferences, workshops, proposal project meetings, to strategically position Tyndall WSN as a world-leading industry-focused applied research group.

Essential Criteria

  • Minimum requirement of a Masters in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (H2.1 minimum) or equivalent in the area of Antenna and Microwave Engineering

Desired Criteria

  • Key required skills include Antenna and RF/microwave circuit design using CST Microwave Studio and/or ANSYS HFSS etc
  • Strong knowledge of Antenna and RF Theory and Antenna/RF measurements and anechoic chamber measurements
  • The successful candidate will be highly analytical and motivated with good interpersonal and organizational skills and be self-managed and achievement oriented
  • The candidate will need to have demonstrated a capability for independent thinking, research project development, implementation and project management

Additional Information

Interviews will be conducted as soon as suitable candidates are identified.

This is a 3/4 year fully funded PhD position.

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for the successful candidate of this position. Yearly University academic fees at the EU PhD rate will be paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference BOF-80.

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.