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Principal Scientist – Wireless Communications

Principal Scientist – Wireless Communications

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term

Job Description

Reporting to the Head of Wireless Communications, as a Principal Scientist you will drive an agenda-setting internationally-leading research programme to address the fundamental challenges in future wireless communication networks and systems.

You will join the founding team for Tyndall’s newly established Wireless Communications Laboratory in Dublin. The lab will focus both on classical communications topics such as RF and Microwaves, Access, and Protocols, as well as relevant cross domain topics such as AI.

As part of the Wireless Communications leadership team, you will attract funding to develop a new research group in one of the focus areas. You will solve the important problems in your research field with potential for major societal impact, and create innovations that achieve significant (e.g. >10x) improvements over state-of-the-art. In addition, you will collaborate closely with industry partners, and create ideas that can lead to high value start-ups with global reach.

You will join a vibrant and expanding world-class research ecosystem and community in Tyndall of 600 staff and postgraduate students. The Institute’s research activities span from atoms to systems with multidisciplinary teams and collaborations spanning Micro & Nano Systems, Photonics, Systems Integration and Packaging, Quantum Engineering and Energy. You will be expected to develop collaborations with researchers across Tyndall, as well as nationally as part of the SFI CONNECT research centre, and internationally through programmes such as the Horizon Europe funding framework.

The post offers a superb opportunity for an ambitious individual to establish a long-term research career in a world-leading research institute working on exciting, cutting-edge science at the interface between academia and industry. As part of the leadership team of the newly created Wireless Communications Laboratory in Tyndall, the Principle Scientist will have the following responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish, lead and sustain a world-leading team of 10+ researchers, post-docs and graduate students in one or more of the following: RF and Microwaves, Access, Protocols or AI.
  • Attract and recruit world-class research staff and post-graduate students.
  • Create breakthrough technologies with industry and academic partners in Wireless Communications or AI, resulting in greater productivity, and more sustainable solutions in sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture / environmental management, financial services, energy and healthcare.
  • Create novel intellectual property and high impact innovations and support their commercialisation through high value start-ups with global reach or licencing.
  • Create an international profile for the team through production of excellent research outcomes as evidenced by influential or milestone publications in leading journals and conferences.
  • Grow and sustain the research team through the sourcing of sustainable funding from both industry and public organisations such as SFI, EI and EU H2020.
  • Drive the development of next generation researchers through leadership, management, coaching, mentoring and career development of both research staff and postgraduate students.
  • Provide high quality postgraduate training and supervision.
  • Develop and execute a clear research vision for the group and personally.
  • Strongly contribute to the strategic planning and future success of the Tyndall Wireless Communications Laboratory in the context of the wider Tyndall 2025 strategic plan.
  • Develop strong partnerships and collaborations within the Wireless Communications Laboratory and across Tyndall’s other research groups and manage liaison with other professional support teams within Tyndall.
  • Develop and maintain a strong external profile for their team, both within the international research community and nationally across wider society.
  • Promote and drive high levels of Education and Public Engagement activities within the team.
  • Ensure compliance with Tyndall’s Health and Safety standards and with Tyndall’s Quality Management System with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • 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 subject area
  • Significant and sustained post-doctoral work experience, expertise and achievement in one or more of the relevant fields: RF and Microwaves, Access, Protocols, AI.
  • A strong and demonstrable track record of industrial research or significant funded collaboration with industry partners in one or more of the relevant fields.
  • A strong track record of high-quality research and innovation as evidenced by high impact publications with recognised research advances or a strong track record of IP generation as evidenced by awarded patents and successful technology transfer of research outcomes into products.
  • Experience of student/staff supervision in a research or industrial research context.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and lead a broad-based, world-leading research programme spanning from fundamental science and engineering to applied projects with industry partners.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability as well as the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in proposal writing and a history of securing funding from internal company or external public funding sources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of idea-generation and problem solving techniques.
  • Use of formal project management and quality management tools and techniques

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Cian O’Mathuna, Head of Micro and Nano Systems, at cian.omathuna@tyndall.ie

Appointment may be made on the Grade 7 Admin I Scale (B) €70,063- €91,472 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.   

Closing date for application is 1pm on Friday 9th October 2020

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 careers@tyndall.ie.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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