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PhD Fellowship in Micropower Nanomagnetics Group

SR-14 - PhD Fellowship in Micropower-Nanomagnetics Group

Contract Type:  Full-time 

The Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork invites applications for a four year PhD position with fellowship under supervision of Prof. Saibal Roy in the Micropower Systems and Nanomagnetics Group, Micro-Nano-Systems Centre.

Project: The rapid growth in the field of wireless sensor networks aiming the realization of ‘Internet of Things- IoT’ has highlighted the issue of powering remote sensor nodes. The requirement to change batteries places an unwanted additional maintenance and enormous cost burden on such huge wireless networks. In certain applications where environmental vibrations are present, there is the opportunity to harvest the kinetic energy of these vibrations and use this to power the remote sensor node. The focus of this PhD project will be on design, modelling and development of vibration based electromagnetic micropower generators using micro magnets and silicon MEMS/NEMS structures. The project will also include development and characterization of nano-structured magnetic materials for device integration.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team, which has a focus on the development of integrated magnetics.

The research of this particular position will involve elements of the following;

  • Review of state of the art (publications in journals, conferences and patents)
  • Design, extensive mechanical and electromagnetic modelling (FEA) of MEMS/NEMS structures
  • Development and characterization of nano-structured magnetic materials
  • Device fabrication using MEMS/NEMS technologies in the clean room
  • Electrical characterization of fabricated devices & model validation

Essential Criteria  

  • A Masters (or Bachelors 1H1/similar high grade points) degree in Physics/ Electrical/ Electronic/ Mechanical/ Microelectronics/ Materials Science or similar.
  • Proficiency in English, non-native English speakers should provide IELTS/TOEFL score.
  • Strong research aptitude/skillsets.
  • Preferable: Candidates will be given preference having some/all of the following experiences;
    • Experience in modelling, FEA simulation (COMSOL, MATLAB, Maxwell ANSOFT)
    • Experience in mask designing, layout
    • Experience in microelectronic fabrication processes
    • Knowledge in magnetism, micromagnetic simulation of nanomagnetic patterns and experience in magnetic measurements such as in SQUID/VSM is plus
    • Ability to write the project reports, articles in journals/conference

Informal enquiries concerning this studentship can be made to Prof. Saibal Roy (email

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 - 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.  No late applications will 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.