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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Executive Director - Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland

TOG-9 Executive Director - Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland 

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Job Purpose

MCCI (Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland) is a national large-scale Technology Centre funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA and hosted by Tyndall National Institute. MCCI’s role is to generate innovative technologies supporting the semiconductor sector and to be the single point of contact for the microelectronics industry in Ireland to access academic research. MCCI was recently awarded Phase 3 funding of €10m for the period 2020-2025.

Reporting to the CEO of Tyndall National Institute (or nominee) and the MCCI Centre Steering Committee (CSC), you will lead MCCI and drive a sustainable vision and strategic direction for the centre through Phase 3 and beyond. You will be responsible for technical and financial operations within the centre and the delivery against KPIs to continue growing an international centre of excellence and scale in solid state circuit design and applications. You will be responsible for delivering circuits and systems research outcomes that are consistent with the Centre business plan agreed with the MCCI CSC. You will work with MCCI scientific leaders in MCCI to ensure a focus on research excellence, international impact and the development of the microelectronics talent pipeline in Ireland. More broadly you will deliver national and international research leadership and technology foresight, and alignment other relevant national centres and with government policies and initiatives. The role also requires promotion of the Irish microelectronics sector on the global stage providing the platform that will encourage world class technology to be developed and transferred from academic to industrial partners, with appropriate support from funding agencies in Ireland and the EU. You will create strategic collaborations with high quality research groups world-wide and manage MCCI projects with academic participants across Ireland. As a senior leader within Tyndall National Institute you will also be proactive in the development and growth of microelectronics research across the institute and in the leverage of Tyndall technologies and expertise in the delivery of MCCI’s mission.

Based at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, you will have the following responsibilities:

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the overall performance and strategic direction of the Centre and ensure the delivery of its vision and goals, in accordance with the expectations of the MCCI Centre Steering Committee and state agencies (IDA & EI).
  • Production of the MCCI annual business plan to be approved by the MCCI board and agencies.
  • Effective management of MCCI’s relationship with its industry partners and stakeholders.
  • Be accountable for the operational and financial control, and efficiency and productivity of the Centre
  • Provide leadership and expertise, ensuring that resources, procedures, and systems are robust and appropriate to meet the Centre’s objectives and business plan.
  • Develop MCCI as an internationally recognised centre of excellence, whilst ensuring continued relevance to the needs of Irish industry.
  • Ensure the sustainability of MCCI within the national context and, working with relevant stakeholders, develop a plan for MCCI beyond Phase 3.
  • Ensure progress against key performance indicators and reporting on performance to the MCCI Centre Steering Committee.
  • Attract, retain and lead MCCI operational staff to manage the operation of the centre.
  • Recruit and retain high calibre researcher leaders who, with their teams, will deliver MCCI’s research programme.
  • Maximise the industry membership of the centre, ensuring that members are actively engaging in the centre and benefiting from it.
  • Manage the interface with the microelectronics industry and its representatives in Ireland
  • Assist the state agencies in their mission of attracting new foreign direct investment into Ireland and the creation and support of SMEs and new start-up companies.
  • Grow the funding in the centre through the creation of new funded research programmes (from national and non–exchequer sources e.g. Horizon Europe) and increasing industry contributions.
  • Co-chair the MCCI Technical Steering Group, to create the research roadmap for the centre and propose on-going areas for research and organise fora to showcase research.
  • Drive the exploitation of the intellectual property developed as part of the centre’s research.
  • Work with other senior leaders within Tyndall National Institute to ensure that synergies and opportunities for mutual success are maximised, especially in the context of Tyndall 2025.
  • Interact and collaborate with other relevant research institutions and industrial partners within Ireland and abroad as necessary to successfully meet the objectives of the Centre.
  • Undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the seniority of the post, as requested by the Tyndall CEO and/or Institute Leadership Team.

Essential Criteria

  • A degree in Science or Engineering.
  • Successful experience in industrial or academic technology / R&D leadership and management in the field of microelectronics or ICT at a senior level with typically 8+ years.
  • Demonstrable track record of product management, product development, IP commercialisation or the delivery of internationally leading research programmes.
  • Experience of high level strategic planning and implementation.
  • Track record of delivering on goals and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Excellent influencing and coalition building skills, with the ability to manage multiple stakeholders including academic, industry and government agencies.
  • A high level of personal integrity and ability to gain the trust of all participating companies and researchers.
  • Experience in IP management and protection.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral).

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of semiconductor IC design processes and/or microelectronics product management.
  • A track record of securing competitive research funding (industry, national funding bodies, EU).
  • PhD in a relevant scientific or engineering area.
  • Membership of a relevant professional body, e.g. IEEE.

Appointment may be made on the Grade 10 (Snr Admin IIa) salary scale - €107,288 to €125,612 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy. 

For this role we particularly welcome applications from women and other underrepresented groups within the STEM sectors.

Closing date of application is 17th March, 2021.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference TOG-9.

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.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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