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Researcher – Integrated Magnetics Design and Test

PMcC-18 Researcher – Integrated Magnetics Design and Test  

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute

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.

The Role

This “Post-Doctoral Researcher” role will include modelling / design of advanced integrated magnetics devices, on silicon or in a laminate package, and the electrical characterization of the integrated magnetic devices.   The successful candidate will be an important part of a highly motivated team aiming to achieve excellent research results that significantly add to knowledge in the area.   The researcher will liaise closely with magnetic material scientists and fabrication research engineers.

The design of integrated magnetic devices includes the use of analytical models, and Finite Element Modelling using Maxwell 3D to determine the geometric design required to give the targeted values of inductance, resistance and Q-factor.

The electrical characterization of integrated magnetic devices (inductors, coupled inductors or transformers) will include the use of instruments such as impedance meters to measure inductance and resistance or Vector Network Analyzer’s to extract S-parameters which can be post processed to yield inductance, coupling factor and resistance values.

The Design and Electrical Test Researcher will be expected to become expert in the characterisation equipment and methodologies used. Further they will be required to become conversant with the expected/ desired magnetic material properties and the expected electrical characteristics of integrated magnetic devices.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participation in Education Ensure all activities
  • 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

  • BEng in Physics, Materials Science, Electronic or Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electronic or Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • Experience in the modelling / design of magnetic components such as planar transformers and inductors
  • Experience in the high frequency characterisation of electrical components
  • Compliance with Tyndall’s Quality Management System and Health and Safety standards
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team


The appointment may be made on the Post-Doctoral Researchers scale €38,630 - €45,942 p.a. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with the public sector pay policy and years of experience.

Informal inquiries can be made in confidence to

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference PMcC-18

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV, publication list, motivation letter and 3 reference contacts 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.