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Senior Scientist II – Wireless Communications

COM-19 Senior Scientist II – Wireless Communications

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term (11 months)

Job Description

Reporting to the Head of Wireless Communications, as a Senior Scientist you will deliver an internationally-leading research programme that addresses 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.

You will be addressing the challenge of using evolutionary computation approaches to automatically create novel future RF structures based on meta-surfaces. The objective is to create significantly improvements in the flexibility of RF frontends in terms of bandwidth and directivity, and enable to automatically tailoring them to their environment to improve reliable communications in difficult RF environments for Industry 4.0.

In addition to the research objectives you will be expected to lead the creation of new research initiatives for the Wireless Communications team both within Tyndall and with relevant SFI research centres (CONNECT, CONFIRM, VistaMilk) and the Enterprise Ireland funded Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI). This will include the generation of collaborative research project proposals including industry projects and consortia for EU funding programs.

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 work collaboratively on exciting, cutting-edge science at the interface between academia and industry and across multiple teams.

Key Responsibilities

  • As part of the founding team of the newly created Wireless Communications Laboratory in Tyndall, help to build up a world leading research lab with 50+ researchers based in Dublin by 2025.
  • Lead the development of new research collaborations across Tyndall and with relevant SFI research centres and MCCI.
  • Generate and submit collaborative research funding proposals including industry projects and EU programmes.
  • Create breakthrough innovations in the area of programmable meta-surfaces to automatically create new RF structures that match a diverse set of performance requirements.
  • Disseminate research achievements through publications in leading journals and at leading conferences
  • Develop novel intellectual property and support its commercial exploitation
  • Contribute to postgraduate training and supervision
  • Contribute to the strategic planning and future success of the Tyndall Wireless Communications Laboratory
  • Actively participate and take the lead in Education and Public Engagement activities.
  • 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.
  • Typically 8+ years of post-doctoral experience in the area of wireless communications and machine learning.
  • A strong and demonstrable track record of industrial research or significant funded collaboration with industry partners in wireless communications and machine learning.
  • A strong track record of high-quality research and innovation as evidenced by publications and presentations at leading conferences, patents, and successful technology transfer of research outcomes into products.
  • Experience of student/staff supervision in a research or industrial research context.
  • Self-motivated, dynamic, interactive and collaborative.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in proposal writing or evaluation.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Cian O’Mathuna, Head of Micro and Nano Systems, at

Appointment will be on the Grade 6a Admin II Scale (B) €61,024 to €77,038 per annum.   Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Closing date for application is 1pm on  Friday, 4th December, 2020

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form with Job Reference COM-19

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

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.