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OZ-1 PhD Studentship in Design and Development of a New Vibrational Piezoelectri

OZ-1 PhD Studentship in Design and Development of a New Vibrational Piezoelectric Energy Harvester

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term (3 Years)

This project is funded by the EU project EnABLES. It aims to present an optimal flexible component/structure that makes the harvester sensitive to any frequencies and irregular vibrations, along multiple directions. This new design will be very different from the traditional linear energy harvester, in which the vibrations have to be within a specific range. Initially, for the proof of concept demonstration a macro scale device will be assembled but ultimately the technology could be implemented into MEMS process. The candidate will work in Tyndall National Institute and School of Engineering, University College Cork, Ireland.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct world-class research in design, modelling, fabrication and testing of the vibrational piezoelectric energy harvester
  • Take a leading role in developing the new energy harvester
  • Work as part of team to engage with supervisor team and other collaborators
  • Disseminate the results of the research through conferences and journal publications
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • An honor bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent subject (such as Mechanics) is essential.

Desirable Criteria

  • A master degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electronic Engineering and related work experience is desirable
  • Demonstrated expertise in areas of vibrations, dynamics, robotics and/or MEMS is highly desirable.
  • The ability to work independently, with a leading role in research projects and contribution as a team member in larger research projects is essential.
  • Good organization, English communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Significant patents or publications in peer-reviewed journals or conferences are an advantage
  • The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and fluent in both written and spoken English.

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

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.