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Post doctoral Researchers in RF and Antenna Design

JBU-09 Post doctoral Researchers in RF and Antenna Design

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Wireless Sensor Network Group (WSN) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently seeking multiple Postdoctoral Researchers in RF and Antenna Design.

The Tyndall National Institute, at University College, Cork is a world leader in the development of wearable sensor systems for use in the body, on the body and around the body. Working closely with a global range of academic, business and clinical partners, our technology is under evaluation by several multinational corporations and is approaching market readiness in a number of areas.

The WSN Group, Tyndall National Institute - University College Cork, invites applications for appointments as Postdoctoral Researchers in RF and Antenna Design. The applied research program will focus on solving the technical challenges associated with antenna and RF Design, Simulation and Measurement in this exciting and rapidly expanding R&D field.

This is an initial 12 month contract with scope for extension subject to performance and funding secured.

Reporting to the WSN Head of Group, this is an exciting opportunity to help define and implement an antenna research program in this fast-moving, industrially relevant area of wearable sensing systems.

The successful candidate will work with and help drive the research agenda for a team of multi-disciplinary researchers with expertise in Antenna and Microwave Engineering. The WSN Group is comprised of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications.

Specific activities for this position will include applied antenna research, project management, research proposal writing, student supervision, travel to international conferences/workshops/industry meetings, proposal project meetings and dissemination of the group’s activities in high impact journal and conference publications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Team Leader of the RF Circuits and Systems Team and Group Head, the candidate will be responsible for the day to day applied research and technical project management of research projects related to antenna and RF design for wireless sensing systems to meet design specification requirements
  • The successful candidate will have expertise in the specification, design, simulation and characterization of antennas and RF circuits for embedded wireless sensing solutions
  • Enhance Tyndall’s position internationally as a world leader in wireless sensing systems
  • Work with Tyndall’s industry partners (existing and planned) to identify their Connected Health needs (technologies and applications)
  • 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.


  • Minimum requirement of a PhD in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or relevant experience in the area of Antenna and Microwave Engineering, with typically 2 years Post-Doc experience required.
  • A specific track record in Antenna/Microwave/RF design is a requirement along with demonstrated experience in research strategy definition, research proposal development and a significant publication track record and strategic research planning.
  • Key skills required include antenna and microwave circuit design, wireless energy harvesting, analysis and modeling using Ansys HFSS and AWR-NI Microwave Office, Strong knowledge and experience of state-of-the-art RF equipment and anechoic chamber measurements, PCB design using Mentor PADS as well as a strong knowledge of RF and antenna test equipment and measurement techniques
  • Demonstration of experience with EM effects of the Human Body is a key requirement
  • Excellent Project Management skills are a key requirement including, research proposal writing, work package and deliverable definition, project management, scheduling capability, report writing, documentation and communication skills for interaction with internal and external partners are essential.
  • The successful candidate will be highly analytical and motivated with good interpersonal and organizational skills and be self-managed and achievement oriented
  • The ideal candidate will have the equivalent of typically 3 years experience in Antenna and RF Design 
  • The candidate will need to have demonstrated a strong capability for independent thinking, research project development, implementation and management as well as experience in setting up and maintaining a research team of other researchers and a strong record of student supervision
  • A strong publication track record is a key requirement.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to John Buckley at

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale € 42,781 - € 49,177 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference at JBU-09

Step 2 - Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

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.