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Senior Researcher in Theory and Simulation of Semiconductor Materials and

EOR-38 Senior Researcher in Theory and Simulation of Semiconductor Materials and Devices

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Photonics Theory Group (PTG) at Tyndall National Institute is seeking a highly motivated and experienced researcher to lead a research programme in theory and simulation of semiconductor materials and devices. Research in PTG is theory-driven, spanning basic science through to investigations of fundamental processes limiting present day devices, and including design and modeling of new and optimized devices.

The ideal candidate should have a strong record both in developing and using their own simulation codes as well as using existing codes to analyse the electronic properties of semiconductor materials, and their consequences for device applications. The Senior Researcher will play a key role in the future development of PTG, setting research directions, building collaborations and providing leadership to PhD and Early Stage researchers within the group.

Key Responsibilities include to:

  • Provide vision and direction for III-nitride and wider research in the Photonics Theory group
  • Collaborate with relevant industry and academic partners in the group’s research programmes, including input to research projects in the IPIC Research Centre
  • Build a high-calibre team of researchers and graduate students and undertake the associated operational management and mentoring of the team
  • Anticipate and highlight potential innovation opportunities that meet and grow the strategic needs of the group
  • Work with financial managers to assess the level of required funding and project support
  • Independently identify research objectives and potential funding sources and lead in grant proposal writing for competitive national and international funding streams
  • Interact closely with and support the development of postgraduate research students and Early Stage researchers within the group, including active role in PhD supervision
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, such as outreach activities
  • Carry out administrative work to support the programme of research as necessary
  • Be able to participate in undergraduate teaching as required
  • 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

  • The successful candidate must have a PhD in physics, electronic engineering or a related discipline
  • At least 8 years relevant post-doctoral experience in theory and simulation of III-nitride or related materials and devices
  • Excellent knowledge of electronic structure calculation techniques, spanning from first-principles methods through to empirical atomistic and continuum models, and experience of their application across a range of applications
  • An internationally respected leadership record in the theory of semiconductor materials and devices, including track record of high quality peer reviewed publications
  • Track record in securing funding to support own group and activities, and in project management
  • Demonstrated experience in PhD student supervision and co-supervision, and in development of highly trained research talent
  • The candidate must demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research, and good writing and communication skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Track record in management of multi-partner projects
  • Evidence of working closely with industry, and demonstrating an understanding of industry needs
  • Experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • A proven ability to work well in a team and to work on his/her own initiative.

This position may be appointed on the Grade 6A scale in the range €58,799- €74,228.  All appointments will be made at the first point on the scale.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Prof Eoin O’Reilly at

Closing date for applications for this position is 27th February, 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate EOR-38 as the Job Reference.

Step 2 – return 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.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

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.