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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Head of Wireless Communications Laboratory and Distinguished Research Scholar

WS-01 Head of Wireless Communications Laboratory and Distinguished Research Scholar

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term

Job Description

Reporting to the Tyndall CEO, you will lead the development of a new Wireless Communications Laboratory to be established in Dublin by Tyndall National Institute in accordance with the Institute’s strategic plan, ‘Tyndall 2025’. The lab will focus on internationally competitive and distinctive research both on classical communications topics such as RF and Microwaves, Access, and Protocols, as well as relevant cross domain topics such as AI.

You will attract funding and recruit staff and students to create new research groups in the focus areas with the ambition to grow to 50+ researchers by 2025. With your growing team, you will address the fundamental challenges in the Wireless Communications field, with potential for major societal impact, and create innovations that achieve significant (e.g. >10x) improvements over state-of-the-art. In addition, you will develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with industry partners, and lead the commercialisation of new ideas and innovations through the creation of high value start-ups with global reach.

As a senior research leader within Tyndall you will be a major contributor to creating and executing Tyndall’s strategic research vision. You will help develop and expand our vibrant world-class research ecosystem and community of 600 staff and postgraduate students. Tyndall’s research activities span from atoms to systems with multidisciplinary teams and collaborations spanning Micro & Nano Systems, Photonics, Systems Integration and Packaging, Quantum Engineering and Energy. You will be pivotal in fostering and developing deep collaborations across all of Tyndall’s research teams, as well as nationally through the SFI research centres such as CONNECT and IPIC, and internationally through programmes such as the Horizon Europe funding framework.

The post offers a superb opportunity for an accomplished and ambitious research leader to realise their vision for a world-leading research laboratory, working on exciting, cutting-edge science at the interface between academia and industry.

Key Responsibilities

  • The development of a credible and ambitious strategic research vision for wireless communications research within Tyndall that leverages the unique infrastructure, capabilities and full range of expertise of the Institute.
  • Strategic and operational leadership and management of the newly created Wireless Communications Laboratory, with responsibility for growing and scaling it to be a world leading research lab with 50+ researchers based in Dublin by 2025, in accordance with the Institute’s strategic plan, Tyndall 2025.
  • As a senior research leader within Tyndall ensure the delivery of the Tyndall 2025 strategic plan, leading and participating in strategic actions or working groups as requested by the CEO or nominee.
  • Attract, retain and lead high calibre talent including research staff and post-graduate students, and grow and develop research leaders of all levels within Tyndall, providing leadership, management, coaching, and mentoring as required.
  • Create a team culture that results in high quality postgraduate training and supervision and where professional / personal / career development is a priority.
  • Lead and/or lead others in successful bids for competitive large scale (multi-million €) grants/awards from national and European funding sources, and Industry to increase the scale of the lab and to ensure its long term sustainability.
  • Ensure that the team develop breakthrough technologies with industry and academic partners in Wireless Communications or AI, resulting in greater productivity, and more sustainable solutions in sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture / environmental management, financial services, energy and healthcare.
  • Ensure that the team develop novel intellectual property and impactful innovations and support their commercialisation through high value start-ups with global reach or licencing.
  • Ensure the production of excellent research outcomes as evidenced by influential or milestone publications in leading journals and conferences.
  • Ensure that the Wireless Communications Laboratory enjoys strong partnerships and collaborations across Tyndall’s other research groups and centres and manage liaison with other professional support teams within Tyndall.
  • Promote Tyndall and the Wireless Communications Laboratory within the international research community and nationally across wider society.
  • Ensure high levels of Education and Public Engagement activity across the Wireless Communications Laboratory.
  • Ensure compliance with Tyndall’s Health and Safety standards and with Tyndall’s Quality Management System with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in Wireless Communications or a closely related area.
  • Outstanding international research profile and standing as evidenced by prizes, awards and the sustained publication of top-quality milestone papers, patents or other outputs relating to wireless communications or a closely related area.
  • Substantial senior experience in creating and leading world-class international research teams in an academic or industrial research environment or setting.
  • Potential to lead successful funding applications for substantial research projects funded by national and international agencies and industry.
  • Strong evidence of successful management of, or personal experience of, innovation or commercialisation of IP evidenced by a significant patent portfolio or successful technology transfer of research outcomes into products with major industrial success.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop world-class research leaders and to lead, inspire and mentor early career staff or students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as taking a leadership role.
  • Strong personal vision and ambition.
  • Excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of securing funding for research from internal company or external public funding sources.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to William Scanlon, Tyndall CEO, at

Appointment may be made on the Grade 10 (Snr Admin IIA) Scale B range  €105,184 -  €123,149 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.   

Closing date for application is 1pm on Monday 12th October 2020

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form and indicate the Job Reference WS-01

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.

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.

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.