SOD-9 Researcher in Gate Driver IC Design
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 (www.tyndall.ie), UL, SETU Carlow and UCD, collaborating on more than 50 research projects. Funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, its focus is to generate innovative technologies, which create high impact. Specifically, MCCI’s mission is to carry out industry-led, excellent Analog, Mixed-Signal, RF and Power Management Integrated Circuit research.
As part of its smart gate-driver IC research theme, MCCI offers this prestigious Post-Doctoral Research opportunity at its Tyndall National Institute based Cork office.
The Research Area
Huge growth in power electronics’ market areas such as automotive EV and renewable energy integration is driving the imperative for higher power densities, higher voltages and higher switching frequencies. Battery cell stacks and DC-Link voltages in automotive are trending towards 800 V and to greater than 1500 V for PV string inverters. Concurrently, there are also significant developments in power switch technologies across silicon DMOS, gallium nitride (GaN HEMT) and silicon carbide (SiC). Our projects are focused on the design of power switch gate driver ICs for the distributed power electronic switching cells employing these switch technologies as stacked switches or in multi-level converter topologies. These gate drivers will be highly integrated with their switches and have new features to maximise switching speed, EMI performance, efficiency and protection.
Whereas our projects are primarily about gate driver CMOS design, the research will necessarily include systems related design for the advanced packaging technologies (PwrSiP) involved in the heterogeneous integration of the CMOS gate driver circuit and its switch. There is a focus on techniques to allow the miniaturisation of the gate driver galvanic isolation transformer to allow for substrate embedding or the use of advanced on-chip thin film magnetic materials.
The ideal candidate, with the support of the Principal Investigator, as a Post-Doctoral researcher, will collaboratively create high impact research in the development of gate driver solutions for multi-level topologies employing DMOS, GaN or SiC.
The candidate will have access to excellent research facilities and will collaborate with academic and industrial research partners, MCCI mixed signal designers and other Tyndall based research teams, such as its Magnetics-on-Silicon group and the International Energy Research Group (www.ierc.ie).
The candidate will both lead their own research program(s) and support other PhD students.
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The appointment may be made on the Post-Doctoral Researchers scale, €39,522 - €46,906 p.a. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with the public sector pay policy and years of experience.
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