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Principal Researcher in Power for IoT Applications

MH-36 Principal Researcher in Power for IoT Applications

Contract: Part or Full Time (18 months)

Role Description

The ICT for Energy Efficiency Group (ICT4EE) at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently advertising for the short term position of Principal Researcher in Power for IoT applications. This is an exciting and timely opportunity for a researcher to participate in the development of the next generation of ‘power solutions for the internet of things’ particularly for medtech/wearables and industry 4.0 domains. It entails addressing the challenge of powering the 1 trillion sensors the world will have by 2025 minimizing power consumption and where available exploiting energy harvesting and related technologies to extend batteries life, ideally beyond the operational life of the IoT device.

The Tyndall National Institute is a world leader in the development of IoT edge device material, devices and systems for use on, in or near people, equipment and infrastructure for a broad range of applications. Our technology is under evaluation by several multinational corporations and SMEs and is approaching market readiness in a number of areas.

For medtech/wearables there are unprecedented opportunities to embed sensors on, in and around people to help with assisted living, wound-care management, patient monitoring, sports performance and rehabilitation, personnel safety, etc. offering commercial opportunities as well having a positive societal impact.

Wireless IoT sensors have a critical role in the 4th generation of the industrial revolution (industry 4.0) in which machines are augmented to gather data so that systems can visualize and dynamically monitor the entire production system leading to enhancements in agility, resource usage and life cycle costs.

A key activity of the ICT4EE group is in solving the challenge of powering the trillion sensor economy of 2025. This encompasses the development of world leading energy harvesting compatible PMICs (power management ICs), simulation tools for system optimization and deployment assistance and development of power solutions for IoT devices based on existing and emerging technologies. This frequently involves internal collaborations (e.g. with Tyndall’s WSN, ICT4Health, IERC & MCCI groups/centres) and external collaborations through entities such as EnABLES (EU H2020 infrastructure project co-ordinated by Tyndall – www.enables-project.eu ), SFI research centres CONNECT (future networks - https://connectcentre.ie/) and CONFIRM (smart manufacturing - https://confirm.ie/ ), the Irish Government Funded projects HOLISTICS (medtech solutions) and PULPO (point of load power supply) and US based industry association PSMA (www.psma.com).

Key end use applications envisaged for the solution are people monitoring, condition based monitoring (fault detection, predictive maintenance, equipment and infrastructure monitoring), asset tracking and sensors enabling energy and resource optimization.

The immediate opportunities are to:

  • lead several transnational access feasibility studies under the EU EnABLES power IoT research infrastructure project. This encompasses state of the art reviews, metrology, interviews, interactions with feasibility study applicants, energy generation and power consumption analysis as required by the given study, done in collaboration with other Tyndall researchers.
  • undertake Electrical and Packaging Design and Prototyping activities around various Power Systems-in Package and on-chip (PSiP and PwrSoC) projects across multiple Tyndall groups (ICT4EE, Integrated Magnetics, Integrated Electronics Systems Packaging, MCCI and Tyndall’s Wafer Fab)

It will also cover preparation of new feasibility study proposals. It can be done on a part time or full time basis for the contract duration to a mutually agreed schedule.

Key Responsibilities

  • To lead a series of EnABLES ‘power IoT’ feasibility studies and deliver high quality outputs (reports, publications, case studies, presentations, recommendations for future projects, etc.)
  • Work with the EnABLES team to identify, secure & undertake further feasibility studies.
  • Provide guidance and support as required for other EnABLES related power IoT activities.
  • Electrical and packaging design and prototyping activities around Power Systems-in Package or on-chip – PSiP and PwrSoC.
  • Design & Modelling of magnetic devices using 3D Finite element CAD software, e.g. Ansoft Maxwell. 
  • Small signal and large-signal testing of magnetic materials.
  •  Small and large signal testing of magnetic devices.
  • Design and Assembly of Substrate embedded magnetic devices.
  • To deliver high impact outputs that may lead to high impact-factor journal publications, functional prototypes, simulation models, patents and technology licenses.
  • To manage research projects under Tyndall’s QT9 quality system.
  • To operate under Tyndall’s Health and Safety and Quality Systems protocols.
  • Work closely with various Groups in Tyndall; ICT4EE, Integrated Magnetics, Integrated Electronics Systems Packaging, MCCI and Tyndall’s Wafer Fab.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system and required Health & Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in Electrical/Electronic/Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Science, or equivalent research experience
  • Typically 8+ years relevant post graduate experience.
  • Good understanding of relevant materials science coupled with evidence of application of this knowledge.
  • Track record in delivering world-leading research in one or more of the following - designing, characterizing, optimizing and integrating power solutions for wireless IoT edge devices (or other ultra-low Power Supplies in Package (PSiP).
  • Experience in designing and modelling of magnetic devices using 3-D Finite element CAD software, such as Ansoft Maxwell. 
  • Established track record in managing and undertaking collaborative multi-disciplinary research project studies.
  • Evidence of excellent analytical, communication and project management skills across academic and/or industry stakeholders.

Desirable Criteria

  • Power electronics/energy harvesting modelling & hardware development (electrical/mechanical)
  • Knowledge of sensing technologies in med tech and/or industrial environments including but not limited to physical (temperature, light humidity, pressure, etc.), inertial, magnetic, force and environmental.
  • Good understanding of Thermal modelling and experience in CAD software.
  • Good understanding of design techniques and considerations for embedded components in PCB or in-substrate.
  • Understanding of electronic packaging options for complex SoCs.
  • Familiarity with various microscopy tools, such as X-Ray, SEM and EDX.
  • Good understanding of electrical testing equipment, techniques and methodologies for testing at electronic component level or at PSiP module level.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in wearables and/or Industry 4.0 applications for Smart Manufacturing.
  • Condition based monitoring and fault diagnostics in smart manufacturing environment.

Appointment may be made on the Admin I Grade 7 salary scale €71,465 - €93,302.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Michael.hayes@tyndall.ie.

Closing date is 1pm 25th June, 2021.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference MH-36.

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.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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