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Senior Research Fellow – Schottky Barrier Diodes

GM-08 Senior Research Fellow – Schottky Barrier Diodes in Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Materials – Specialty Products & Services Centre

Contract: Part-Time / Fixed-Purpose

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 – encompassing materials, devices, circuits and systems – we are globally leading in our core research areas of:

  • Smart sensors and systems
  • Optical communication systems
  • Mixed signal and analog circuit design
  • Microelectronic and photonic integration
  • Semiconductor wafer fabrication
  • Nano materials and device processing

Within Tyndall’s Specialty Products & Services (SP&S) Centre, we have an established fabrication team who, for many years, have been developing various types of semiconductor devices. The team specializes primarily in the fabrication of CMOS, Magnetics-on-Silicon and Photonic devices. The primary goal is to further optimize and enhance the fabrication and integration methods for Wide Bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials and prototype system applications in communications, health, energy and the environment, specifically around Schottky Barrier Diodes in power electronics.

Funding for this work has been provided by Enterprise Ireland through the Commercialisation Fund programme. This project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under Ireland’s European Structural & Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.

The SP&S Centre now seeks a highly motivated and dynamic individual with a proven track record of research excellence and achievement in WBG semiconductor device development, including a deep knowledge of product design, fabrication, characterisation and application of power electronics components. This part-time position is an ideal opportunity for someone with experience in the WBG field to join a vibrant and expanding world-class research ecosystem at Tyndall.

Working with the Principal Researcher, the Senior Research Fellow will have a background in the development and application of WBG semiconductor devices with a particular focus on the manufacturing of silicon carbide products. They will provide the in-depth technical knowledge relating to the whole product development cycle from basic WBG materials R&D through to the characterisation and test of materials and packaged devices.

Key Responsibilities

  • To undertake world-leading research on WBG materials for the development of innovative power electronics components and their integration into high impact applications.
  • Contribute to the management of fabrication, design and characterisation activities including process design, development and fabrication of proof-of-concept Schottky Barrier diode devices and prototypes for use in applications such as power inverters, power-factor conditioning circuits etc.
  • Manage the definition, management and delivery of specific projects, tasks, deliverables including reports, process documentation, intellectual property capture (both know-how and patents) and technical publications and presentations for both internal and external audiences.
  • Support the engagement with external project partners, in academia and industry, contributing to preparation of proposals, statements of work, costings and quotations.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post i.e. procurement, training, risk assessments, performance reviews, equipment qualifications.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in provision of technical support including a willingness to work flexible hours may be required.
  • Ensure compliance with Tyndall’s Health and Safety standards and with Tyndall’s Quality Management System with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD Qualified, in Engineering, Science, Physics or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ post PhD experience in a commercial or R&D programme in two or more of the following areas;
  • Semiconductor fabrication with particular expertise in Wide Bandgap materials
  • Epitaxy of Wide Bandgap semiconductor materials
  • Power Electronics devices
  • Process Engineering
  • Component design, test and characterisation
  • Packaging technology for Wide Bandgap semiconductor materials
  • Proven ability to collaborate in cross-functional teams (including researchers, engineers and graduate students) to develop novel technologies, processes, devices and integrate them into innovative solutions.
  • Track record of engaging with external academic and/or industry partners in advanced semiconductor device projects
  • Track record of publications in leading journals, conferences and/or patents.
  • Demonstrated success in acquiring funding from one or more of the following sources - National, International and/or Industry.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as in teams, with a track record of successful project completion and a focus on delivery of projects on schedule and within budget
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including successful engagement with both internal and external customers/stakeholders.

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrated knowledge of idea-generation and problem solving techniques.
  • Experience of technology transfer, IP and patent processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theory and application fields for semiconductor technologies and devices.
  • Proven ability in report writing, process documentation, operating procedures, publications and presentations.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Alan Blake at

Appointment may be made on the IUA Senior Research Fellow scale €65,414 – €70,200. In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale

Closing date for this position is 18th January, 2019 at 5pm.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate Job Reference GM-08.

Step 2 - Return completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  

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.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.