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Training Programme Manager

PMO-21 Training Programme Manager

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) at Tyndall National Institute seeks a dynamic and people focused Training Programme Manager.

 We are a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Research Centre that brings together over 200 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 also have a substantial industry engagement programme where we work with some of the world’s leading technology companies and Ireland’s high performing SMEs to address their future technology and talent needs (with over 60% of our trainees departing to industry as their first destination over the last 5 years).

We have an ambitious plan to expand our structured training programmes, at both PhD and Postdoc levels, and as a result are seeking to recruit a Programme Manager to develop and roll out high quality and impactful training programmes across the partners, representing an investment of over €10M. You will provide significant strategic leadership through shaping and developing a centre wide approach, and will also be responsible for delivery for the following:

  • The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage (PIADS), established in 2014 between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow, and renewed in 2019 with IPIC as the third partner institution. The CDT will train 75 doctoral students over the next 8 years. (
  • Sparkle, a new fellowship training programme funded by the H2020-MSCA-COFUND programme with the objective to train 27 future research leaders in the field of photonics, highly employable both in academia and industry.
  • Deliver our vision that by 2025 the programme will have expanded to create the IPIC Academy, incorporating all PhDs and Postdocs across IPIC, representing a community of over 150 trainees.

The role will develop each programme structure in partnership with the IPIC Director, Centre Manager and Principal Investigators, and their efficient and timely execution. You will also 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 our university partners and funders, to deliver a high quality training experience across all partners. You will also work closely with our industry partners to arrange secondments for trainees and recruitment opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director, Centre Manager and Principal Investigators across IPIC’s host and partner institutions (Tyndall, CIT, DCU, TCD, UCC, Queen’s University Belfast and Glasgow) to build and deliver high quality training and development programmes that span across the organisations; 
  • Engage with graduate schools at partner organisations to ensure seamless administration and compliance to marks and standards for graduate students;
  • Lead recruitment drives to attract high calibre candidates from Ireland and overseas and co-ordinate candidate selection processes;
  • Oversea secondments to industry and in partnership with Technology Transfer Offices, manage associated issues such as confidentiality and IP;
  • Establish feedback processes and utilise feedback to continuously develop and optimise training programmes;
  • Project and budget management of PIADS, Sparkle and associated training programmes; 
  • Act as the first point of contact for PIADS and Sparkle;
  • Be an active board member at steering board or management committees where appropriate;
  • Co-ordinate  associated training events such as Summer and Winter Schools, conferences, etc.;
  • Coordinate engagements with international photonics associations and students chapters;
  • Working with the Centre Director and Centre Manager, prepare presentations and reports to funding bodies, programme committees and international peer review panels;
  • 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 or training centred organization
  • Track record of developing and managing complex projects with national or international network initiatives, including universities

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of Centres of Doctoral Training and/or Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Training Networks programmes
  • Professional Project Management accreditation
  • Technology background experience in photonics, microelectronics, ICT or MedTech
  • Experience of drafting proposals and reports to national and international funding bodies
  • Event organisation from 20 to 100 attendees
  • Experience with student support

Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrated record of people skills, specifically of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external peers, stakeholders and others
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to manage high workloads

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Patrick Morrissey at

Appointment will be made on the Grade 6 Admin III salary scale €49,181- €58,719 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm on Friday, 20th September 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate PMO-21 as Job Reference

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

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process click here.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

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.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.