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Researcher-Theory of Boron Containing Semiconductor Alloys

SS-5 Researcher: Theory of Boron Containing Semiconductor Alloys and Heterostructures for Optoelectronic Devices

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term - 2 years

The III-Materials and Devices, and Photonics Theory Groups at Tyndall National Institute have recently attracted major funding to understand and develop semiconductor optoelectronic devices using III-nitride semiconductors with boron containing alloys.  This work requires detailed theoretical and experimental understanding of the fundamental properties of the material and their consequences for optoelectronic devices. 

As part of this award, Tyndall and University College Cork are inviting now applications for a researcher focusing on the theory of boron III-N alloys and heterostructures. The researcher will initially carry out density functional theory based calculations, which will then form the basis for developing semi-empirical electronic structure (e.g. tight-binding or k.p) and carrier transport (e.g. modified drift-diffusion) models. The theoretical studies will go hand in hand with the experimental investigations carried out in the project to ensure the overall success of the project. Both groups are well-established with significant teams, and who interact with others as part of a vibrant multi-investigator activity covering infrared to ultraviolet optoelectronic devices.

Key Responsibilities and research objectives

  • Density functional theory based calculations for boron containing nitride alloys.
  • Development of empirical atomistic and modified continuum-based models for boron containing nitride alloys and heterostructures.
  • Close collaboration with the experimental partners on the project to ensure overall success.
  • Disseminate the outcomes of the research to the group, including peer‐reviewed academic publications and presentations at Tyndall and at conferences of international standing.
  • Technical support and supervision of other group members, including PhD students.
  • Contribute to the strategic planning
  • Support education and public engagement activities
  • 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

  • The successful candidate must have a PhD in physical sciences, applied maths, electrical engineering, or a related field or have demonstrated equivalent experience.
  • Previous research in electronic structure theory, especially density functional theory, as evidenced by publications.
  • Strong communications, interpersonal and team working skills.
  • Excellent technical report writing skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in semi-empirical electronic structure models such as tight-binding, k.p or transport simulations (NEGF or drift-diffusion).
  • Previous research in III-N materials as evidenced by publications.
  • Experience in working in research projects including multiple academic (both experiment and theory) and industry partners.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Postdoc Researcher €39,522 - €46,906 pa.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Stefan Schulz at

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference SS-5

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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.