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Researcher in Mixed-Signal Design for Precision Circuits

IOC-22 Researcher in Mixed-Signal Design for Precision Circuits

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.

Please look at www.mcci.ie for more information.

MCCI is opening up a postdoctoral position in the area of Analogue Mixed-Signal Design for Precision Circuits. These will encompass a number of areas including:

  • Analogue to Digital Converters
  • Sensor Interfaces
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Cryogenic Circuits

Key Responsibilities

  • Carry out innovative research in Analogue Mixed-Signal IC Design, with a focus on taking advantage of deep-submicron CMOS technologies.
  • 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, Precision Circuits, Sensor Interfaces and Cryogenic Circuits.
  • With guidance, implement the solution on an integrated circuit. This may include system level simulation, algorithm development, schematic design, layout and validation of manufactured silicon. 
  • 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

  • PhD degree in Microelectronics, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related discipline, with a strong background in Analog Mixed Signal Design
  • Strong knowledge of CMOS circuits including, references, data converters and optical communication.
  • Strong knowledge of CMOS CAD design tools.
  • 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.

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous silicon Tape-out experience.
  • Good mathematical ability and knowledge of statistics
  • Circuit knowledge on Analogue to Digital converters and Phase Locked Loops
  • Experience in the area of Analog, Mixed-Signal or RF circuit design
  • Knowledge of mathematical modelling tools such as MATLAB.
  • Strong Publication track record.

The appointment may be made on the Post-Doctoral Researchers scale €38,630 - €45,942 p.a. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with the public sector pay policy and years of experience.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to at ivan.oconnell@mcci.ie .

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference IOC-22.

Step 2 - Return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

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