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Post doctoral Researcher – Integrated Magnetics: Device and Material Chara

MH-38 Post doctoral Researcher – Integrated Magnetics: Device and Material Characterization  

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Established in 2004, the Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading centres in ICT research and development. It hosts over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff. It has a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide. Tyndall performs breakthrough research in photonics, electronics, micro/nano-technology and smart systems to deliver innovative solutions in the communications, energy, medtech, bio-pharmaceuticals, agricultural and the environmental sectors.

Integrated Magnetics Group

The Integrated Magnetics group performs world leading research in thin film magnetic material systems, their associated processing techniques and magnetic component design. These components are appropriate for creating highly integrated power systems, capable of efficiently operating at frequencies up to 100 MHz. The magnetic components which include inductors, coupled-inductors and transformers are the basis of next generation Power-System-In-Package (PwrSiP) and Power-System-On-Chip (PwrSoC) solutions. The group’s activities have very strong commercial relevance with Research and Development partners spanning the world’s major component suppliers, silicon foundries, wafer-level assembly houses and SoC manufacturers.

The group is both industry and research focused. Consequently, high impact, high quality Journal and Conference publications are a key objective for the group.

Key Responsibilities

This Post-Doctoral Researcher role will involve the test/characterization of advanced integrated magnetics devices, on-silicon or in a laminate package. The successful candidate will be an important part of a highly motivated team aiming to achieve excellent research results that extend the boundaries of know-how in the area of high-frequency power magnetics. The researcher will be a key team member working closely with magnetic material scientists, fabrication research engineers, and integrated power systems designers.

The electrical characterization of integrated magnetic devices (such as inductors, coupled inductors, or transformers) will include the use of instruments such as Impedance Analysers to measure inductance and resistance and Vector Network Analysers to extract S-parameters, which are post-processed to yield inductance, coupling factor, device capacitances, and resistance values. The characterization of integrated magnetic devices also includes large-signal testing – a key expertise that the Integrated Magnetics group is famous for.

The successful Researcher is expected to have expert domain knowledge in various electrical characterisation equipment and post-processing methodologies used. The researcher is also expected to learn and become an expert in designing appropriate test circuit boards for device characterization under high-voltage high-current switching ambiance. Further, they will be required to become conversant with the characterization of magnetic/dielectric materials.

Other responsibilities:

  • 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 in Electrical, Electronic, Physics, Materials Science, or related discipline
  • Good understanding of the operation of passive electromagnetic devices
  • Experience in the electric/electronic testing of inductors, capacitors, and switches
  • Experience in high frequency characterisation of electrical components/modules
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desirable Criteria

  • Good planning, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience is designing and developing test circuit boards (PCBs)
  • Evidence of Strong written communications skills

Informal enquiries may be made, in-confidence, to

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €42,031 - €48,427 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 MH-38

Step 2 – Return 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.