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KR-19 PhD - Micro-Thermoelectric Generator/ Energy Harvester

KR-19 PhD - Micro-Thermoelectric Generator/ Energy Harvester

Position: PhD position in Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

One PhD position is available in the Advanced Energy Materials group (Advanced-Energy-Materials/) at the Tyndall National Institute under the supervision of Dr. Kafil M. Razeeb. This is a funded position for up to 3 years.

The aim of this project is to fabricate nanostructured thin film thermoelectric materials using electroplating technique and to develop energy harvesting devices using thermoelectric module to convert body heat into usable electrical power using the state of the art electroplated materials. This inexpensive method enables deposition of bulk and nanostructured thin films on a large scale. The research will include the development of novel nanostructured thin film based on bismuth telluride, investigating the electronic, thermal and thermoelectric properties of the thin films. The goal is to increase the efficiency of the material by tuning its elemental composition and microstructure and to apply these materials for the fabrication of micro-thermoelectric generator.       

This is a highly collaborative project between the groups at Tyndall National Institute, multinational companies and research institutes, which is funded by European Union H2020 project.

The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team, which has a focus in the development of thermoelectric materials and devices.

Key Responsibilities

The research/duties of this particular position will involve elements of the following:

  • Review of state of the art (publications in journals, conferences and patents)
  • Fabrication of nanostructured thermoelectric materials using electrochemical techniques
  • Electrical, thermal characterization and validation of fabricated materials
  • Design and fabrication of micro-thermoelectric generator
  • Independent approach to carry the project work forward
  • Ability to write articles in journals/conferences.
  • Ability to partially supervise/assist undergraduate student/s

Essential Criteria 

  • First Class undergraduate honours and preferably a master’s degree in Materials Sciences/ Chemistry/ Physics or related discipline from an approved university.
  • A strong background in Materials Science, Materials Chemistry or Electrochemistry is required.

Desirable Criteria

  • Candidate must satisfy the eligibility criteria set by the postgraduate programme
  • Experience in electrochemistry related fabrication techniques are essential
  • Experience in thermoelectric materials and device fabrication techniques are required
  • Electrical and thermal characterization techniques for materials and devices are desirable
  • Experience in clean room fabrication techniques are beneficial

The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team, which has a focus in the development of thermoelectric materials and devices.

An annual student stipend of €18,000.00 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  In addition, yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Informal enquiries concerning these positions can be made to Dr. Kafil M. Razeeb at

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the Application form

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