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Research Assistant in Data Converter Characterisation

IOC-20 Research Assistant in Data Converter Characterisation

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an EI / IDA technology centre hosted at Tyndall National Institute.  Its mission is to carry out industry-led world-class Analog, Mixed-Signal and RF integrated circuit research and to deliver trained people and IP to industry.  MCCI is already collaborating with 35 companies and many of the staff eventually transfer into the thriving microelectronics industry in Ireland.  MCCI targets real-life applications with its research and currently has projects in diverse topics such as DNA detection for food safety, next generation optical communications, bio-sensing, imaging for security applications and early cancer detection.

As microelectronics chips are manufactured in ever smaller geometries the performance of Analogue and Mixed-Signal circuits degrade while at the same time digital logic becomes cheaper, smaller and lower power.  Applications associated with the Internet of Things is placing multiple challenges on the Integrated Circuit Chips that are required to enable the next generation of IoT applications.

Sampling aperture errors caused by jitter on the edges of the sampling clock is a major performance limitation for Analogue to Digital converters both at high speeds and at high precision. Applications such as Automotive Radar and 5G Cellular communications are limited by jitter. The requirement for sub 1ps rms jitter or even 10fs rms jitter for the latest State of Art GHz ADCs puts large demands on the clock source and clock buffers. The Clock source is usually a Phase Locked loop (PLL) and this has high power consumption to meet the tight precision specifications. This a large opportunity for innovative solutions to make ADCs more robust to jitter errors to overcome this performance and power limitation.

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MCCI is opening a Research Assistant position in the area of Data Converter Characterisation and evaluation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out innovative research in the area of Data converter Characterisation, evaluation and calibration
  • Perform modelling and analysis on the limitations of existing solutions.
  • Participate on research projects under the direction of a project team leader to design and develop new architectures and circuits in areas such as Data Converters, Ultra Low Power Data Converters, Energy Harvesting, Power Management and RF IC design. 
  • Work on collaborative research projects with MCCI industry partners. 
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of senior MCCI research staff.
  • 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

  • The minimum academic qualification is a first or upper second class honours degree (or an equivalent international degree) in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, physics or related relevant discipline.
  • The successful candidate will be highly innovative with a strong desire to create world-beating integrated circuits research for real-life applications.
  • The successful candidate will be highly analytical with good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Prior Data Converter characterisation experience

Desirable Criteria

  • A Master’s Degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering
  • Good mathematical ability and knowledge of statistics
  • Characterisation Laboratory Experience

This position may be appointed on the IUA Scales for Research Assistants €22,609 - €35,218. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

For further queries, please email Ivan O'Connell at

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference IOC-20.

Step 2 - Return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter 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.