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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Principal Scientist - Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials

GF-16 Principal Scientist - Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems – we are globally leading in our core research areas of:

  • Smart sensors and systems
  • Optical communication systems
  • Semiconductor wafer fabrication
  • Nano materials and device processing
  • Microelectronic and photonic integration
  • Mixed signal and analog circuit design

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork has an established Advanced Materials and Surfaces Group (AMSG) performing research in the development and application of methods such as chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD). Application areas currently 2D materials for back-end-of-the-line electronic components, oxides for electronics energy, and nanophotonics.

The Advanced Materials and Surfaces group is part of the CMOS++ Research Cluster within the Micro & Nano Systems Centre (MNS) at Tyndall. CMOS++ brings together over 15 research leaders across Tyndall to address emerging materials, devices and architectures for next generation information-processing technologies that interface with and advance beyond CMOS. MNS is one of the main research Centres at Tyndall with over 200 researchers active in the key themes of Emerging Material and Devices, Micro-Power Platforms, Integrated Sensors, Integrated Circuit Design and Smart System Integration.

Purpose of Role

The role offers the opportunity to establish and lead an activity in Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials in accordance with the Institute’s strategic growth plan, ‘Tyndall 2025’, which aims to double Tyndall’s size and impact over the next five years.  Complementing this vision, you will articulate a cutting-edge research programme that will address some of the outstanding challenges in the development of materials solution for next generation devices in memory, neuromorphic and quantum information systems.

As a research leader, you will develop a research team to advance fundamental and applied research in the area of ferroic materials. You will be a key contributor to creating and executing Tyndall’s strategic CMOS++ research vision and programme. Your research will be enabled by Tyndall’s advanced theory, synthesis, characterisation and test facilities. Working initially under the guidance of the Head of the Advanced Materials and Surfaces Group, you will be expected to lead a number of existing projects whilst also growing your own independent research programme in order to develop a fully independent dedicated team of highly skilled research staff and PhD students.

The role offers a superb opportunity for an aspiring research leader to realise their research vision and advance their career as part of a world-class multi-disciplinary, collaborative research ecosystem with cutting-edge facilities. You will be pivotal in fostering and developing deep, cross-Tyndall collaborations, as well as nationally through SFI research centres, and internationally through programmes such as the Horizon Europe funding framework. In addition, you will be encouraged and supported to pursue the exploitation of your ideas with industry and/or through the development of new start-up ventures.  Tyndall seeks applicants with the desire to be at the forefront of developing the disruptive and transformative quantum technologies that will shape our future world.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a credible and aspiring strategic research vision for Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials programme within Tyndall that leverages the unique infrastructure, capabilities and full range of expertise of the Institute.
  • Grow the Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials activity and through your strong collaborations and outputs develop its international reputation in the field.
  • Generate excellent research outcomes as evidenced by influential or milestone publications in leading journals and conferences, e.g., in the top 10% in their field, and promote Open Science and Research Integrity within the team and the MNS Centre.
  • Lead and/or collaborate with others in successful bids for competitive large scale (million €) grants/awards from national and European funding sources, and Industry to safeguard the financial sustainability of an independent research programme in Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials
  • Attract, retain and grow high calibre talent including post-graduate students and research staff of all levels within Tyndall providing leadership, management, coaching, and mentoring as required.
  • Support a team culture that results in high quality postgraduate training and supervision and where professional / personal / career development is a priority.
  • Develop novel intellectual property and impactful innovations and accelerate knowledge transfer by establishing and maintaining key industrial partnerships and supporting commercialisation through high value start-ups or licencing to industry.
  • Manage the operational development of the Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials activities in line with the CMOS++ strategy and the Tyndall 2025 Strategic Plan.
  • Ensure that the activities within Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials enjoy strong partnerships and collaborations within the MNS Centre and across Tyndall’s other research groups as part of the CMOS++ Research Cluster.
  • Contribute to the development of national and international collaborative research networks and create new synergies/collaborations between Tyndall and other research third party bodies.
  • Supervise postdocs, postgraduate research students as supervisor and/or co‐supervisor and participate in postgraduate examination internal and external, as appropriate.
  • Promote and participate in an appropriate level of Education and Public Engagement (EPE) activity in coordination with the wider education and public engagement programmes within MNS Centre and Tyndall.
  • Ensure compliance with Tyndall’s Health and Safety standards and with Tyndall’s Quality Management System with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant technical discipline with typically 8+ years post-PhD experience in delivering high quality research outputs.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking with strong personal vision and motivation and excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An excellent and growing international research profile as evidenced by invited talks and publications, awards or prizes, patents or other outputs relating to ferroelectric and multiferroic materials and a deep knowledge of vapour phase materials deposition methods (chemical vapour deposition / atomic layer deposition) and materials characterisation methods and scanning probe microscopy techniques (e.g., piezoresponse force microscopy).
  • Demonstrated leadership of successful funding applications for substantial research projects funded by national and international agencies and/or industry.
  • A proven or growing track record of leading, inspiring and mentoring early career staff or students leading to the development of a pipeline of early research leaders from within their research group.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as taking a leadership role.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Demonstrated track record in building and growing international networks.
  • Demonstrated teaching and undergraduate supervision record, ideally with formal teaching qualification for higher education.
  • A growing track record and/or evidence of commitment to innovation and commercialisation of IP, for example by successful technology transfer to industry and/or track record in attracting industry support.

Tyndall National institute has a proactive entrepreneurial culture and we welcome applications from candidates who possess entrepreneurial and creative skills/experience, including the creation of technology start-ups.

Appointment may be made on the Admin I Grade 7 Scale (B) € 78,565- € 103,495 per annum.  Salary placement point on appointment will be in accordance public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Ian Povey at ian.povey@tyndall.ie and/or Giorgos Fagas at georgios.fagas@tyndall.ie

Closing date of applications is 18th April, 2024.

Application Instructions

Please make sure to attach an up to date CV/Resume AND a brief motivation letter outlining how you meet the ‘Essential Criteria’ for this role.

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Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer