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MN-11 Researcher – Simulation of Passivation Schemes for germanium surfaces and

MN-11 Researcher – Simulation of Passivation Schemes for Germanium Surfaces and Nanostructures for Nanoelectronics

Contract: Full Time/ Fixed Term (24 months)

A 24-month postdoctoral researcher position is available under the supervision of Dr. Michael Nolan in the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork. This position involves the simulation of passivation schemes for germanium surfaces and nanostructures for nanoelectronics using first principles simulations, working together with experimental collaborators.

The Tyndall National Institute is a world leader in the application of materials modelling to both fundamental and industry problems. Working closely with a global industry player in electronics and partners in UCC and CIT, the modelling group provides rational design of materials and their growth across a range of technologies.

This project leverages the group’s strengths in materials modelling and active collaborations in Europe to deliver breakthroughs in surface passivation.

The successful postdoctoral researcher will play be responsible for the modelling work in this newly funded Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Project. The work involves running first principles simulations and possibly molecular dynamics simulations of passivation schemes and interfaces on semiconductor surfaces.

The researcher will be expected to write scientific papers, present at international conferences and workshop and represent Tyndall at project meetings and drive the project work forwards.

Key Responsibilities

  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To provide assistance in conducting relevant research activities, including planning, organising, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of the research project.
  • Undertake DFT level simulations of semiconductor passivation
  • Undertake DFT level simulations of semiconductor-dielectric interfaces
  • Understand the role of passivation on the electronic properties
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of information/results.
  • To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing reports including conclusions and recommendations. Application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques in materials modelling.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To co-supervise postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the program of research and ensure all project deliverables and milestones are achieved in a timely manner.
  • To disseminate project outputs, through the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • To work with project partners to identify their needs and explain project results, travelling to partners as needed.
  • 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

  • Experience in DFT level simulations
  • PhD viva successfully passed
  • Track record of scientific publications and presentations
  • Willingness to work directly with experimental collaborators and industry partners is required.
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery of research projects at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High levels of initiative, project management, self-management, achievement-orientation, and motivation are encouraged.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Michael Nolan at

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,221 - €44,266 depending on qualification and experience.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference as MN-11

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

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.