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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Senior Researcher: Mixed Signal PMIC Silicon

SOD-6  Senior Researcher: Mixed Signal PMIC Silicon

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

MCCI is Ireland’s national Microelectronics Circuits Research Centre. MCCI has a team of over 90 researchers and engineers hosted across Tyndall National Institute, UL and UCD, collaborating on more than 50 research projects. Funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, its focus is to generate innovative technologies. Specifically, MCCI’s mission is to carry out industry-led, world-class Analog, Mixed-Signal, RF and Power Management integrated circuit research and deliver high impact research, IP and trained people to industry. 

Established in 2004, the Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s premier 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, med-tech, biopharma, agricultural and the environmental sectors.

MCCI’s Power Research Theme is focused on creating advanced technology, integrated power systems employing both on-chip (PwrSoC) and in-package (PwrSiP) packaging technologies and exploiting the capabilities of next-generation commercial components such as based on the 20 -100 MHz thin film cobalt based magnetic materials. Alternatively, the systems are based on the technologies and expertise being created by Tyndall’s co-located research groups, in areas such as III-V devices, solid-state electrochemical storage cells/sensors or micro-power energy harvesting transducers spanning thermoelectric, UV PV, MEMs piezo or electromagnetic. Gate driver technologies for higher power systems employing Si DMOS, GaN or SiC power switching bridges are also a theme.

The Role

The role is based in MCCI’s Cork Office. The ideal candidate will be a key technical contributor to our research and development of the Gate Driver ICs and PMICs, which are central to these power systems. The candidate will have a proven ability for independent research and development at industrial or post-doctoral level and the role will especially suit the person who wishes to progress towards being a research team-lead, creating collaborations, funding acquisition and ultimately driving their own research agenda as a Principal Design Engineer.

Our integrated power systems research roadmap has four major themes; ultra-low power (ULP PMIC), PwrSiP Voltage Regulators (POL and iVR for SoC), Gate Drivers, Resonant Converters/ Wireless Power Transfer (WPT). The candidate will be technically involved in managing circuit designs and exploiting functionality commonalities across all of these themes. Highly integrated implementations of multi-level and multi-phase systems on a variety of CMOS nodes, including SOI is anticipated.

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement and create innovative research in PMICs, Gate Driver ICs and Integrated Power Systems (PwrSiPs)
  • Take a key role on research projects under the direction of a Principal Investigator to develop new architectures, circuits and algorithms, which will position MCCI as a world leader in integrated power systems research.
  • Work on collaborative projects with MCCI industrial members
  • Participate and contribute strongly in rigorous circuit design reviews
  • Support and mentor PhD and Masters postgraduate research students
  • Participating in and having a key role in large project work packages, to develop innovative CMOS architectures and circuits.
  • Author peer-reviewed publications of international standing. Contribute significantly in the dissemination of the research results, as directed by and with the support of the MCCI Core Team Principal Investigator.
  • Engaging in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the MCCI Core Team Principal Investigator.
  • 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.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • Electronics Engineering (or related discipline) Degree with typically 6+ years’ experience in PMIC, Analog or RF integrated circuit design - OR -
  • PhD in Silicon Design with typically 4+ years’ post-doctoral experience in PMIC, Analog or RF integrated circuit design
  • Evidence of successful implementation of complex PMIC circuits from concept through to tape-out
  • Track record in acting as design principal on complex mixed-signal PMIC circuit
  • Publishing track record: patents or peer reviewed conference papers
  • Strong written communications skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of system level modelling in Matlab/Simulink
  • Experience of implementation of discrete-time real time power control algorithms
  • Excellent understanding of switch-mode power circuit operation
  • Excellent understanding of magnetic component operation
  • Electrical modelling of packaging (PwrSiP) distribution impedances
  • Experience of silicon characterization
  • Experience of setting up silicon CAD tools and associated Process Design Kits (PDKs)
  • Good planning, organisational and interpersonal skills

Informal enquiries may be made, in-confidence, to seamus.odriscoll@mcci.ie

Appointment may be made on the Grade 6 Admin III (B) €51,042 - €60,941.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Closing date is 23 July, 2021.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference SOD-6

Step 2 - Return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

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.