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Masters by Research Fellowship in RF acoustic MEMS/PiezoMEMS

DP-14 Masters by Research Fellowship in RF acoustic MEMS/PiezoMEMS

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Advanced RF Technologies (ART) Group and the PiezoMEMS Group at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) and University College Cork are advertising for a Masters’ by Research position in RF acoustic MEMS/PiezoMEMS for well-qualified and highly-motivated individual that is looking to pursue research in a niche area of research as part of an MS by research study programme at UCC. The post holder will work with researchers on an interdisciplinary and ambitious project and will develop highly-reconfigurable RF filters and front-end components for the next generation of 5G+ communication systems. The project will use, as a basis, Tyndall’s in-house piezoMEMS microfabrication platform. The post-holder is expected to design, simulate and characterize RF MEMS devices. The post-holder may also need to be involved in  microfabrication in the process and cleanroom facility of Tyndall National Institute.

The position will be accompanied by a fellowship to pursue an MS by research degree. The initial contract will be made for 24 months. Furthermore, the fellowship may also be extended to pursue a PhD degree upon successful completion of the MS by research degree.

The successful candidate will become a member of a diverse and vibrant community of academics, research professionals and students at Tyndall National Institute and UCC and will have access to world-class, microfabrication, mechanical testing, and RF characterization facilities at TNI, UCC. Further information on our community and infrastructure can be found in the following websites: Advanced RF Technology Group: University College Cork:, Tyndall National Institute: .

Key responsibilities

  • Design, simulation, and modelling of RF MEMS/piezo-MEMS acoustic resonators and filters (SAW/ BAW/ FBAR or similar)
  • Characterization of MEMS/piezo-MEMS acoustic resonators and filters
  • Development of circuit models for resonators and filters
  • Optimization methods using commercially-available Multi-physics and Electromagnetic analysis software tools
  • Preparation of power point presentations and reports for project meetings
  • Preparation of research papers for IEEE journals and conferences
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • Under Graduate degree in Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering. Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.
  • Basic Understanding of using multiphysics and EM design tools, e.g. COMSOL (or similar), ANSYS (or similar), HFSS (or similar).

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in clean room-based fabrication/microfabrication
  • Knowledge in microsystems and general MEMS design/fabrication
  • Experience in using RF circuit design software, e.g, ADS Keysight or similar
  • Good understanding of microfabrication processes
  • MS degree in a relevant discipline

Informal inquiries can be made in confidence to

The annual stipend is €22,000 pa. In addition, yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference DP-14

Step 2 - Return the completed Application form, together with your CV, detailed transcripts and motivation letter to together with reference contacts

Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

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.