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Postdoc Researcher-High speed components & Photonic Integrated Circuits

FP-43 Postdoctoral Researcher: High speed components and Photonic Integrated Circuits for new generation of communication system

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term (20 months)

The Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork invite applications for a postdoctoral position aimed at the research and development of high speed components (modulators, lasers and detectors) and the Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for new generation of communication systems. This is a short-term role with the possibility of extension. The short-term focus will be to teach, manage and direct several summer interns as well as to take a leadership role in renovating the integrated photonic device high-speed characterisation laboratories. The longer-term focus will shift toward photonic integrated circuit (PIC) research and development. This includes designing of the high-speed components and PICs, developing the fabrication processing as well as the characterizing of the fabricated PICs. The successful candidate will have completed PhD in a physics or engineering related discipline.


  • The candidate will need to prepare summer internship project and then supervise the interns through their summer employment.
  • The candidate will need to take a leadership role in renovating the high-speed characterisation laboratory. This includes the development of an advanced modulation test capability for high-speed photonic devices.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Contribute to the engagement on intellectual property activities in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer
  • 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.

Academic/Educational Requirements

The candidate should have a PhD in Engineering or Physics. They should have a proven track record in the characterisation of photonic devices.

Essential Criteria

  • Experience in characterisation of photonic integrated circuits
  • Excellent hands-on lab skills in device testing, characterization, problem-solving, etc. and willing to work in the lab.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong affinity and team spirit.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Capable of working with students.

For further information, please contact Frank Peters at

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,221 - €44,266 depending on qualification and experience.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference FP-43

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.

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.