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Researcher – Integrated Magnetics Design and Test

PMcC-19 Researcher – Integrated Magnetics Design and Test  

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • This “Post-Doctoral Researcher” role will involve 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, fabrication research engineers and integrated power systems designers.
  • 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 magnetic material parameters and device 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 Analysers to measure inductance and resistance or Vector Network Analysers to extract S-parameters, which are post processed to yield inductance, coupling factor, device capacitances and resistance values.
  • The Design and Electrical Test Researcher is expected to become expert in the characterisation equipment and post-processing 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.
  • Compliance with Tyndall’s Quality Management System based Health and Safety standards is a natural aspect of the role.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electronic or Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • Good understanding of the operation of magnetic materials and devices
  • Experience in the modelling / design of high frequency magnetic devices
  • Experience in the high frequency characterisation of electrical components
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desirable Criteria

  • Good planning, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of Strong written communications skills

Informal enquiries may be made, in-confidence, to

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €39,130-€46,442pa.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference PMcC-19

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter 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.