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Researcher (Power Electronics) in Integrated Magnetics Group

RS-05 Researcher (Power Electronics) in Integrated Magnetics Group 

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Are you interested in an opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting cutting-edge integrated magnetics research for integrated voltage regulator (IVR) technology at a world leading research centre?

The Integrated Magnetics Group in Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork, Ireland welcomes you. Established in 2004, the Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems, specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits, and systems. It hosts over 600 researchers, engineers, students 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 spanning from atoms to systems in application sectors of Communications, Energy, Health and MedTech, Agri-tech and the Environment.

Integrated Magnetics Group

Tyndall’s Integrated Magnetics Group is widely recognised as a World Leader in the area of Integrated Magnetic Passives for Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) technology. With over 100 person years of research effort in this field, the group has created a multi-disciplinary skill set for Power Magnetics research which makes it unique within the global Power Electronics research landscape. Over a period of 20 years, Tyndall’s Integrated Magnetics group has demonstrated World-beating results in the area of Integrated Magnetics for On-Silicon and PCB-embedded applications. The group has developed innovative solutions in all aspects of Power Magnetics research, including design, material & process development, micro-nano-fabrication, materials and electrical characterization, packaging, and reliability. The group’s research has had a very strong commercial impact with R&D partnerships, technology transfer and licensing with some of the world’s leading companies in magnetic components, silicon foundries, wafer-level assembly, SoC and electronics systems design. 

The Integrated Magnetics Group is part of Tyndall’s MicroNano Systems (MNS) Centre. The group is equally engaged in academic research and industry-sponsored contract research programmes. Consequently, the key objective of the group is to undertake cutting-edge research that will deliver high impact – by generating intellectual property (IP) such as patents, invention disclosures and licenses; by publishing journal articles, white papers, technological position papers and by making public presentations at flagship conferences around the world.

Role description

The successful candidate will shape the development of integrated magnetic devices suitable for emerging PSiP and PwrSoC platforms. The researcher will perform design and simulation activities for integrated inductor devices by using industry-standard FEM-based simulation tools such as ANSYS Maxwell-3D, HFSS. The researcher will also involve in designing and developing power converters operating in 10~100 MHz comprising of embedded inductors for futuristic SoC and IVR applications. The candidate is expected to contribute to the electrical characterization of integrated magnetic devices in Tyndall’s state-of-the-art large-signal electrical testing facility.

This position offers excellent and timely career growth possibility. It offers great opportunities to influence the entire end-to-end design/development cycle of integrated magnetics and to become an internationally recognizable expert in this field in collaboration with World-leading magnetic component and packaging suppliers.

The candidate is expected to be ambitious, creative, self-motivated, and enhance the efficient and stimulating atmosphere within the multi-disciplinary Integrated Magnetics group and elsewhere within Tyndall.

Key Responsibilities

  • To deliver innovative technological solutions to various power electronics research questions within Integrated Magnetics research theme,
  • To participate in generating intellectual property, publishing in pre-eminent journals, and presenting the research outcome in tier-1 international conferences.
  • To be the technical lead of academic and/or industry-funded projects or work packages, and to ensure timely delivery of project goals.
  • To design and simulate advanced integrated magnetic devices and high-frequency power converters for SoC and IVR applications.
  • To test and electrically characterize new magnetic devices as both an individual and team contributor
  • To participate in education and public outreach engagement activities, as required.
  • To ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • To ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Electrical, Electronics, or related discipline.
  • Thorough knowledge of electromagnetics, power electronic circuits and systems, high-frequency passive component models such as for inductors and capacitors.
  • Typically, 4-5 years’ experience with circuit and Finite Element simulation tools such as Maxwell-3D, HFSS, and SPICE.
  • Strong laboratory hardware testing experience with instruments such as oscilloscope, signal generators and spectrum or network analyzers.
  • Track record of publications in reputed journals, tier-1 international conferences etc.
  • Highly self-motivated and ability to take initiatives.
  • Good communication, writing, organization, and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Experience in switched-mode power converter design and testing.
  • Experience in PCB design.

Tyndall National institute has a proactive entrepreneurial culture and we welcome applications from candidates who possess entrepreneurial and creative skills/experience, including the creation of technology start-ups.

Appointment may be made on the Admin(V) Grade-5 Scale (B) € 47,685- €58,560 per annum.  Salary placement point on appointment will be in accordance public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries may be made, in-confidence, to ranajit.sai@tyndall.ie

Closing date of applications is 19th April, 2024.

Application Instructions

Please make sure to attach an up to date CV/Resume AND a brief motivation letter outlining how you meet the ‘Essential Criteria’ for this role.

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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.

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