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DOH-6 Researcher in CMOS image sensor electronics for surgical assistance.

DOH-6 Researcher in CMOS image sensor electronics for surgical assistance.

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term 

This position is jointly sponsored by Biophotonics at Tyndall National Institute and Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI).

Biophotonics at Tyndall is a newly established collaborative research programme based at the Tyndall National Institute led by Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels. The Irish MEDTECH sector includes 18 of the top 25 medical device companies and this group works closely with these companies. The Group’s focus will be to form close collaborations with clinicians, research centers and companies to accelerate biophotonics technology and rapidly deliver breakthrough technologies into the hands of health-care providers. Using photonics with a focus on optical imaging combined with other photonics based modalities as a platform for the faster development and deployment of more accurate, less invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer and other diseases.  The new programme has been formed by the Tyndall National Institute, the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and University College Cork, under a €5M award from Science Foundation Ireland.

Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an EI / IDA technology center hosted at Tyndall National Institute.  Its mission is to carry out industry-led world-class Analog, Mixed-Signal and RF integrated circuit research and to deliver trained people and IP to industry.  MCCI is already collaborating with 35 companies and many of the staff eventually transfer into the thriving microelectronics industry in Ireland.  MCCI targets real-life applications with its research and currently has projects in diverse topics such as DNA detection, next generation optical communications, bio-sensing, imaging for security applications and early cancer detection. MCCI is carrying out innovative research in the areas of Radio Frequency, Frequency Synthesis, high speed optical transceivers, high performance data-converters and power management integrated circuits to enable new applications.

Reporting to Dr. Daniel O’Hare, Senior Researcher at MCCI, the position involves the design of a novel sub 1mm2 CMOS image sensor and interface electronics to assist medical professionals performing surgery. It will involve working with the Biophotonics team to understand the system requirements and then design an Integrated Circuits to meet those specifications. 

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  • The candidate is expected to be creative, self-motivated, and should help create an efficiently and friendly atmosphere within the MCCI and Biophotonics teams and beyond to all teams at IPIC and Tyndall.
  • Propose innovative circuits to meet the requirements of the medical device camera project.
  • With guidance, implement the solution on an integrated circuit. This involves system level simulation, algorithm development, schematic design, layout and validation of manufactured silicon.
  • Engage with the bio-photonics multi-disciplinary team to understand the application.
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of senior Biophotonics/MCCI research staff
  • 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.
  • Other responsibilities as may be agreed with the Tyndall CEO or MCCI Director.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Electronic Engineering or related relevant discipline
  • Evidence of successful execution of Analog, Mixed-Signal or RF circuits at block level through to tape out
  • Ability to work independently on the design of challenging circuit blocks
  • The successful candidate will be highly analytical with good interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Ability to contribute to a multidisciplinary team as subject matter expert on microelectronics

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of CMOS image sensors and readout electronics
  • Good mathematical ability and knowledge of statistics.
  • Knowledge of mathematical modelling tools such as MATLAB.
  • Experience of silicon characterization
  • Experience with industry standard CAD tools such as Matlab, Cadence and Mentor.
  • Experience setting up such CAD tools and associated Process Design Kits.
  • Experience in mixed signal circuit layout
  • Interest in Medical applications.

Any queries relating to this position can be forwarded to Dr. Daniel O' Hare on email

The successful candidate will be highly innovative with a strong desire to create world-beating integrated circuits research for real-life applications.

Appointment may be made on the Postdoctoral Researcher Scale €38,630 - €45,942. 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 DOH-6

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

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.