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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Head of Graduate Studies, Education & Public Engagement (EPE)

Contract Type: 5 year Fixed Term and 0.5 Full Time Equivalent

The Head of Graduate Studies & EPE is responsible for the management and leadership of Tyndall’s postgraduate programmes and the Institute level management of our Education & Public Engagement programmes.  In this role you will be a member of the Tyndall Institute Leadership Team (ILT) and report to the CEO or their nominee. The role has overall responsibility for overseeing the implementation of management systems for postgraduate education at Tyndall and acts as the institute’s interface to UCC Graduate Studies and as required to national and international academic partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the Graduate Studies programme and staff
  • Manage operational elements of all graduate programmes, including audit and quality assurance
  • Oversee innovative institute-wide administrative systems and procedures which support graduate students from application stage through to graduation
  • Maintain an active internationally recognised research programme, direct and supervise researchers and PhD/Masters students
  • Contribute to the development of policies at the university, national and international levels which support excellence in engineering and science graduate education
  • Manage graduate student orientation
  • Chair the Tyndall Graduate Studies Committee with direct academic responsibility for all Tyndall hosted graduate students, participate to UCC’s College of Science, Engineering & Food Sciences Graduate Studies Committee and UCC’s Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Mentor and guide the Postgraduate Students Committee and have understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students.
  • Contribute to new national initiatives that enable the building of shared curricula between Irish universities and institutes of technology
  • Responsible for EPE strategy across Tyndall including ensuring strategic alignment with UCC and other organisations such as sector organisations e.g MIDAS and CEIA
  • Identify and ensure the implementation of E&PE initiatives that engender a strong interest in STEM subjects at secondary school level
  • Drive initiatives that result in strong Public Education and awareness of the value and impact of STEM research emanating from Tyndall
  • 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 role.

Essential Criteria

  • A postgraduate PhD qualification in science or engineering
  • An internationally respected record in the field of Photonics or Micro Nano-electronic Systems  (materials, devices, circuits or systems) with either extensive ICT industrial or academic experience, or preferably a combination of both, as evidenced by a strong peer-reviewed publication record, history of industrial engagement, and track record in attracting research funding 
  • A minimum of ten years of experience in delivering graduate education at the Masters and PhD level with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning
  • Experienced in mentoring researchers to develop and contribute to research programmes that are both recognised as state-of-the-art by international standards, and that produce innovative solutions with a strong potential for commercial impact
  • Experience in the mentoring, support and advising of junior research staff to develop their graduate supervision skills and to assist staff in the development of innovative curricula
  • actively engaged with academia and industry to define scientific and engineering education nationally / internationally
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the delivery of innovative and impactful E&PE activities
  • Evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as lead and manage significant activities

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrated record of support of diversity and inclusion in higher education

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent communication, leadership & negotiation skills.
  • Highly self-motivated and energetic
  • Excellent critical thinking and organizational skills are required as well as inter-personal skills for dealing with research supervisors, students and wider audiences

It is envisaged that this post will be 0.5 Full Time Equivalent.

This post will be remunerated on the UCC Grade 8 pay scale ( €81,356 to €97,274) pro rata.

Closing date of applications is 31st January, 2020.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate TOG-8 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.