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PhD Scholarship in Precision Analogue Mixed-Signal Circuits

IOC-25 PhD Scholarship in Precision Analogue Mixed-Signal Circuits

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

MCCI in Collaboration with Analog Devices is offering a number of PhD scholarship positions in the area of Precision Analog Mixed-Signal Circuits. This is a unique opportunity to undertake a programme of research in close collaboration with Analog Devices.

Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an EI / IDA technology centre hosted at the 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 collaborating with 35 companies and many of the staff 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.

Analog Devices design and manufacture a variety of semiconductor solutions that operate at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds to sense, measure and interpret signals and connect them to the cloud.  The applications areas include sustainable transport, 5G wireless networks, the connected factory, green energy, and digital healthcare and personal electronics. Analog Devices has a large presence in Ireland with centres at Cork, Limerick and Dublin with many engineers working at the cutting edge of technology with customers in these markets. The culture of the company stresses innovation, excellence, collaboration and life-long learning. The culture is sustained by a steady stream of bright and enthusiastic new talent.

About Your Studies

As a Doctoral candidate you will be offered a 4-year scholarship, based in the Tyndall National Institutes offices in Cork. You will have a proven ability for working independently and will undertake a programme of research. An official go/no go progress assessment will be completed within your first 12 months. At the end of the 4 years, you are required to write and submit a thesis for examination.

Please see www.mcci.ie or www.tyndall.ie for more information.

We have available a number of scholarships 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
  • Cryogenic CMOS circuits

What We Offer

  • A tax free payment of €18,500 per year.
  • A 6-month Internship in Analog Devices offices in Cork or Limerick.
  • University academic fees paid by Tyndall.
  • An exciting opportunity to participate in an open, and collaborative group, undertaking leading edge novel and ground breaking research in the area of Precision Analog Mixed Signal Design.
  • An environment where you can engage and collaborate with industry on research projects.
  • This opportunity will enable you to develop and establish yourself as an independent researcher, within a growth mind-set team, delivering internal quality research, which will be published in the leading Solid-State Circuits and Journals.
  • Work on exciting challenges, with access to both academic and industrial domain experts.

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.
  • Engage in a collaborative research project with Analog Devices.
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research with the support of senior research staff.

Essential Criteria

  • A first or upper second class honours degree (or an equivalent international degree) in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, physics or related relevant discipline.
  • You will be highly innovative with a strong desire to create world-beating integrated circuits research for real-life applications.
  • You are highly analytical with good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • A good understanding of analog and mixed-signal IC design.
  • A willingness to participate and contribute to the broader team.

Desirable Criteria

  • 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.

For enquiries, contact  Dr. Ivan O’Connell at ivan.oconnell@mcci.ie

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference IOC-25

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie. Please ensure that your motivation letter, cv and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations (https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/). Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

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.