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MSMY-2 Senior Engineer - Silicon Circuit Design

MSMY-2 Senior Silicon Circuit Design Engineer

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an EI / IDA technology centre hosted at Tyndall National Institute.  Its mission is to carry out industry-led world-class Analog, Mixed-Signal and RF integrated circuit research and to deliver trained people and IP to industry.  MCCI is already collaborating with 35 companies and many of the staff eventually transfer into the thriving microelectronics industry in Ireland.  MCCI targets real-life applications with its research and currently has projects in diverse topics such as DNA detection for food safety, next generation optical communications, bio-sensing, imaging for security applications and early cancer detection.

MCCI is carrying out innovative research in the areas of high performance data-converters, power management, mmWave Radio Frequency, Frequency Synthesis and high speed wired and wireless transceiver integrated circuits to enable new applications. With a focus on advanced geometry process nodes, Digitally-Assisted-Analog techniques such as digital pre-distortion, post-correction and calibration can be used in such deep-submicron technologies to improve the performance of traditional Analog circuits and these techniques are at the core of MCCI research.

The MCCI Centre at the Tyndall National Institute, University College, Cork, invites applications for a Senior Design Engineer.


  • Execute and lead innovative research in Analog, Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design in the area of high speed wireline transceivers.
  • Take a lead technical role in existing research projects under the direction of a Senior Researcher or Principal Investigator to develop new architectures, circuits and algorithms.
  • Work on collaborative projects with MCCI industry partners, e.g. Xilinx, Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, On Semi, u-Blox, M/A-COM,….
  • Interact closely with and support postgraduate research students studying for a Masters or a PhD (may have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research).
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of research, as directed by and with the support of a Senior Researcher or Principal Investigator.
  • Independently carry out small projects and feasibility studies including responsibility for associated administrative and management tasks.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required.
  • 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


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (honours) in Electronics Engineering or related discipline with 8 years’ experience in Analog, Mixed-Signal or RF integrated circuit design


  • Master’s Degree in Electronics Engineering with  5 years’ experience in Analog, Mixed-Signal or RF integrated circuit design
  • Evidence of successful execution of Analog, Mixed-Signal or RF circuits at block level through to tapeout
  • Ability to work independently on the design of challenging circuit blocks
  • Ability to take a leadership role in R&D projects
  • Good planning, organisational and communication skills
  • Strong evidence of being a self-starter
  • Experience of contributing well in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Ability to supervise design engineer(s) or layout engineer, as required

Desirable Criteria

  • PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Expertise in area of Analog, Mixed-Signal or RF circuit design on 28nm CMOS or similar technology node
  • Experience with other IC technologies such as FinFet, FDSOI, SiGe BiCMOS & GaN
  • Proven track record of producing successful working silicon for Analog, Mixed-Signal or RF in submicron CMOS
  • Experience of silicon characterization
  • Experience with industry standard CAD tools such as Matlab, Cadence and Mentor.
  • Experience setting up such CAD tools and associated Process Design Kits.
  • Experience in mixed signal circuit layout

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6 Admin III Scale (B) €48,694- €58,137.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale

The closing date for applications is 5.00 on Wednesday, 4th July 2018.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday, 10th July 2018.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - candidates should apply in confidence by clicking here to download and complete the application form.

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted. 

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process click here.

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. 

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

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.