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Talent Acquisition Specialist : In-House Recruiter

TOG-3 Talent Acquisition Specialist : In-House Recruiter


Contract : Full Time/Fixed Term (12 month Contract)

Salary €55,000

INTRODUCTION - Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in cutting edge micro/nano, electronics and photonics hardware and systems. Central to Tyndall’s mission is delivering economic impact through research excellence. We work with industry and academia to transform research into products in our core market areas of communications, energy, environment, health and agri-tech.  As the national institute for micro/nanoelectronics and photonics, and a research flagship of University College Cork, Tyndall employs over 500 researchers, engineers and support staff, with a cohort of 120 full-time graduate students. Together we generate around 250 peer-reviewed publications annually.  Tyndall is home to a high-tech national research infrastructure unique in Ireland and is a national research asset.

Tyndall is to commence a major expansion of its research infrastructure and related footprint under provisions within the government’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027 (Project Ireland 2040). The investment will see Tyndall significantly expand, enhancing its central role as a key driver of economic impact from technology research and innovation.  As a result of this investment, we will double in size over the NDP period and expand our international role as a leading global research institute. We intend to develop new and exciting capabilities in key emerging technologies within existing and new core areas of competence, and further strengthen our engagement with industry to boost the competitiveness of Irish start-up companies, indigenous SMEs and our global partners. 

The NDP commits to upgrading and expanding Tyndall ‘to stay at the forefront of new technologies and build on its successful industry engagement model’ and to enable it ‘to respond to evolving ICT-related technology opportunities’ in a fast changing and competitive environment. As a result of these growth plans, Tyndall now has a requirement for an experienced, technology recruitment specialist to take the lead role in sourcing, engaging and attracting excellent research talent to be based at our Cork campus.


As our dedicated Research Talent Acquisition Specialist, you will be highly driven and results focused, with interpersonal skills that enable you to develop lasting relationships with both candidates and hiring managers. From generating a robust high calibre candidate pipeline to maintaining a high offer conversion rate, you will manage the entire candidate process for all of our strategic research roles ranging from early career researcher to established leaders.

This is a highly collaborative and relationship-based role working closely with key stakeholders to ensure a first class, end to end recruitment experience that meets and exceeds business needs. High energy, passion and relevant previous experience are required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and execute novel and effective sourcing strategies and techniques to find and engage passive and active high calibre talent
  • Develop collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across the organisation to understand their strategic hiring needs and develop appropriate recruitment strategies 
  • Manage end-to-end recruitment and selection campaigns, ensuring an excellent experience for candidates
  • Be accessible and responsive, clearly communicating throughout the recruitment process with all stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain an appropriate candidate database and talent pipeline that will meet our strategic talent acquisition requirements
  • Engage candidates through all relevant digital channels
  • Network appropriately to scout and source candidates
  • Develop relationships with key candidate and specific talent pools, turning applicants from non-active to active by developing strong candidate relationships
  • Work with internal colleagues to further develop talent attraction and employer brand solutions
  • Report on strategic recruitment activity and prepare weekly, monthly and Ad Hoc reports for the Leadership Team.
  • Travel to European and international locations to support the talent acquisition process
  • Compliance with Tyndall’s Quality Management system and Health and Safety standards.
  • Additional duties as may be reasonably required within the scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • Minimum 5 years recruitment experience in a technical / engineering / academic / research organisation, in either an agency or inhouse recruiter role
  • 3rd level qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Successful track record recruiting roles at all levels 
  • Demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness in sourcing and engaging with both active and passive talent
  • Excellent communication, influencing and stakeholder management skills with evidence at having influenced at a senior level within an organisation.
  • A track record of delivering on target in a very fast-paced environment
  • Strong organisational skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and candidates
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Confident and professional individual with the integrity to manage confidential information
  • Ability to quickly understand and gain insight from technical information and data
  • Strong team player with high level of flexibility and also confident to work independently.

Desirable Criteria

  • Degree or Masters qualification in a relevant technical discipline e.g Physics, Electronics, Chemistry, Engineering
  • Previous recruitment experience within a research environment
  • Experience of working on development of attraction and employer brand solutions is desirable.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to HR Manager Tom O’Grady at

Closing Date for applications is 17:00 on 15th March, 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form and indicate the Job Reference TOG-3

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

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will 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.