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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

GF-07- EU Programme Officer

GF-07- EU Programme Officer

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research and development and the largest facility of its type in Ireland. As the national institute for Deep Tech in micro/nanoelectronics, photonics and energy and a research flagship of University College Cork, Tyndall employs over 450 researchers, engineers and support staff, with a cohort of 120 full-time graduate students. Specialising in electronics, photonics and energy – materials, devices, circuits and systems – we are a global leader in our core research areas of: smart sensors and systems; optical communication systems; mixed signal and analog circuit design; microelectronic and photonic integration; semiconductor wafer fabrication; nano materials and device processing and energy demand and end use. Annually, Tyndall generates around 250 peer-reviewed publications.

Central to our mission is delivering economic impact through research excellence. Under the Irish government's National Development Plan, Tyndall is foreseen to further strengthen its successful engagement models to spearhead efforts towards the National Strategic Outcome of a "Strong Economy, supported by Enterprise, Innovation and Skills". Established in 2004 as a successor to the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC founded in 1982) with a mission to support industry and academia in driving research to market, we collaborate with both industry and academia to transform research into products in the application areas of communications, health, energy, agri-food and the environment. With a network of 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, Tyndall generates 85% of its €35M income each year from competitively won contracts.

Core Objectives

Tyndall is a lead partner in European and other relevant national and international research programmes, partnering with over 420 organisations in 40 countries to deliver scientific and industrial outputs. Since the launch of Horizon 2020 alone, Tyndall has participated in 71 EU projects (9 coordinated) of over €530M in value, bringing €80M of R&D investment to Ireland. Tyndall has an established European Research Programme Office to significantly increase the quality and value of our activity in Horizon 2020 and the upcoming Horizon Europe / Digital Europe programmes as well as other International and National research programmes. Reporting to the EU Program Coordinator, Tyndall is now seeking to hire a suitably experienced EU Programme Officer to work with our researchers to achieve this objective in themes aligned with our 2019-2025 Strategy.

Tyndall has the objective of substantially growing its successful activity in EU and Internationally funded research programmes in thematic areas related to Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies Micro/Nanoelectronics incl. Quantum Technologies and Artificial Intelligence, and their application to verticals such as MedTech, Agri-Food, Natural Resource Management and Energy. The specific role will primarily target energy-related themes in conjunction with the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) hosted at Tyndall. The IERC brings together leading Irish and international companies and researchers to develop commercial solutions for global energy demand challenges.

Key responsibilities of the EU Programme Officer in achieving this objective include:

  • Work closely with the Tyndall business units, IERC and their management team to identify international research calls complementary to Tyndall’s strategic research objectives and promote these internally with relevant researchers and partners
  • Identify and engage leading organisations/consortia across the International landscape with whom we can establish strategic partnerships within targeted calls
  • Target appropriate niche areas within research programmes to help optimise proposal success rates
  • Identify synergies and promote cross-group and cross-centre collaboration within Tyndall and the IERC team
  • Facilitate, and assist in the development of, appropriate research networks and new collaborations
  • Identify and engage in opportunities to coordinate projects and encourage participation of new researchers in H2020 proposals
  • Proactively assist researchers in sourcing market and impact information for key strategic calls
  • Work in effective partnership with national contact points (NCPs) and national delegates (NDs) within relevant  themes such as Energy, Transport, Climate and ICT
  • Organise relevant regular on-site training and value-add workshops (including with NCPs and external consultants)
  • Build appropriate relationships with EU officials within the targeted thematic areas.
  • Assist in the development of appropriate proposal templates to enhance the productivity and efficiency of proposal preparation 
  • Maintain relevant data regarding EU programme activities to monitor proposal progress and effective coordination across the organisation
  • This post will involve considerable national and international travel to conferences, networking events and consortia meetings

Essential Criteria

  • A third level degree and a minimum of 5 years experience in a research and development organization
  • Demonstrated experience of International and EU funding programmes
  • Track record of successful grant proposal writing  
  • In-depth knowledge (Research landscape, Technology Roadmaps, Regulations and Policy implementation) in one or more Key Enabling Technologies
  • A demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, build partnerships, make connections and follow through on contacts is a key requirement

Desirable Criteria

  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in a research and development organization in a proposal development intensive environment.
  • Proven success in proposal development, management and/or coordination of International Consortia.
  • Experience of sourcing relevant market data for developing and managing proposal submissions from concept to implementation is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of market verticals would be beneficial, in particular, in-depth knowledge of the Energy sector is desired.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Giorgos Fagas, at

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6A Admin II Scale (B) €58,799-€74,228. In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Closing Date for applications is 17:00 on 8th February 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form and indicate the Job Reference GF-07.

Step 2 - return the 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.

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.