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Programme Manager – Photonics Research

PMO-12 Programme Manager – Photonics Research

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) at Tyndall National Institute seeks a dynamic and customer focused Research Programme Manager. We are a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Research Centre that brings together over 160 researchers from the Tyndall National Institute, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork to develop new light enabled technologies. Our work focuses on developing the next generation of highly-compact and miniaturised photonics technologies in order to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges, including revolutionising the speed of data transfer for the continued growth of the internet, delivering new smart medical devices for improved patient outcome and developing instrumentation for point-of-care diagnostics and wearable devices.

We have an ambitious plan to grow IPIC by 40% over the period 2019 to 2021 and as a result are seeking to expand our team, including the recruitment of a Research Programme Manager. The successful applicant will oversee all IPIC Research Projects, including our four Platform Research Themes focussed on the development of game-changing technologies, and the many parallel industry projects with some of the world’s largest technology companies.  The role will drive project management excellence right across the Centre to ensure efficient and effective delivery of research projects, with the objective to maximise outputs, such as high quality scientific publications, prototypes and Intellectual Property (IP). The role will also be responsible for the development of project management skills at all levels in IPIC, from Principal Investigators to PhD students, and will nurture a culture of continuous improvement so learnings are captured and shared across the Centre. In addition you will have a significant external facing role and will work with both academic and industrial research teams based in Ireland, across Europe, the US and Asia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Project and budget management of IPIC’s core Platform and Industry Research Projects that include over 60 researchers and an annual investment of €5M per year; 
  • Work closely with the Director, Deputy Directors and Principal Investigators across IPIC’s host institutions (Tyndall, CIT, DCU, TCD and UCC) to build detailed project plans, deliverables and milestones; 
  • Oversee all industry projects to ensure delivery and that the Centre fulfils its contractual objections, such as confidentiality and technology transfer;
  • Track and report progress to the monthly IPIC Contracts & IP Committee meetings with key internal partners, such as Business Development, TTO, Finance and Legal;
  • Identify and protect project FIP in partnership with UCC’s Technology Transfer Office;
  • Support IPIC’s technology transfer activities, in particular the licensing of project FIP to industry partners, in partnership with the IPIC Business Development Manager and UCC TTO Director, to deliver a minimum of 4 licenses per year.
  • Develop a project management best practise group and co-ordinate project management training to Centre researchers;
  • Support the organisation of the Annual Industry Workshop;
  • Support the development of the Photonics Ireland National Technology Platform and participate in associated national and international events;
  • Support the preparation of Annual Reports;
  • 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

  • Degree in a physical sciences or engineering subject
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a research centred organisation, with ideally a number of years in industry
  • Experience in R&D project management, including projects valued in excess of €0.5M
  • Experience in IP management
  • Proven negotiation skills at senior level

Desirable Criteria

  • Professional Project Management accreditation
  • Technology background experience in photonics, microelectronics or MedTech
  • Experience in one or more of the following: strategic planning, R&D innovation processes, business development and/or technology road mapping
  • Experience of drafting national and international research proposals
  • Experience in technology transfer through licensing to third parties
  • Strong customer focus ethos

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Patrick Morrissey at

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6 Admin III  scale €49,181-€58,719. In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Closing Date for applications is 17:00 on 29th March 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form and indicate the Job Reference PMO-12

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking 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.

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.