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Post-Doctoral Research Scientist – MORPHIC project

GT-1 Post-Doctoral Research Scientist – MORPHIC project

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Photonic Systems Group at Tyndall National Institute is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a position as Post-Doctoral Research Scientist working on the European project MORPHIC.

MORPHIC is a European collaborative project that will develop a new class of photonic chips that can be programmed to suit a specific application. The project partners (imec, EPFL, KTH, Tyndall National Institute, CommScope, and VLC Photonics) will combine silicon photonics with microscopic moving elements (MEMS) to build programmable photonic chips. MORPHIC's chips will have the potential to dramatically accelerate the photonics supply chain, achieve performance improvements in size and power consumption, and boost the adoption of photonics technologies in applications such as telecommunication networks, datacenters, 5G links, medical devices, and sensors.

The successful candidate will work on the development of the control electronics for the programmable photonic chips. The specific challenges will include the design of the control circuitry for the MEMS elements, monitoring photodiodes and tuning elements using off-the-shelf electronic components. Programming strategies for the photonic chips will be implemented utilising microcontrollers or FPGAs to execute sequences of operation such as activating and reading the photodiodes taps, operating the MEMS elements and optimisation of the tuneable elements. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with Tyndall Photonics Packaging Group in order to address the challenge of controlling thousands of photonics and MEMS elements on a single programmable photonic chip.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to be actively involved in the broader research programme of the Photonic Systems Group in the area of next generation access networks and short reach interconnect. This will involve collaboration with parallel ongoing projects and partners of the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC).

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the programming sequences in either microcontroller or FPGA
  • Specification and procurement of driver and readout electronic components for the optical MEMS-based programmable photonic chip.
  • Design of the PCBs that will implement the electronic control for the programmable photonic chip
  • Test the control of the optical MEMS and the programming of the photonic chip
  • Support the development of the system demonstrations of the MORPHIC concept
  • Report the results at project meeting and collaborate with the MORPHIC partners to refine the specifications of both the photonic chip and the control electronics
  • Author and co-author publications in leading journals and present talks at top international conferences in the relevant fields in order to disseminate the results of the project
  • 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

  • Experience of development of control electronics using microcontrollers and FPGAs
  • Experience of PCB design
  • Experience of characterisation of photonic devices
  • The minimum academic qualification is a PhD in electronic engineering or a related relevant discipline
  • The candidate must demonstrate a high level of motivation; have an academic record of excellence, and good writing and communication skills
  • Strong theoretical and experimental skills are essential
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • A capability to work effectively within a project team to achieve results

Desirable Criteria

  • Prior knowledge of communication theory and optical communication systems is desirable

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to

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

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job reference GT-1.

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your CV, motivation letter and references to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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.