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Senior Researcher

Responsibilities

  • Carry out and lead innovative research in Analogue Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design in the area of Data Converters and/or Sensor Interfaces with a focus on taking advantage of deep-submicron CMOS technologies at 28nm and below.
  • Take a leadership role on existing research projects under the direction of a Principal Investigator to develop new architectures, circuits and algorithms.
  • Working on collaborative projects with MCCI industry.
  • Interacting closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD (may have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research).
  • Participating on and having a lead role in large projects under the direction of project team leaders to develop innovative circuits and architectures in the areas of either high speed SERDES RF or data-converters.
  • Engaging in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of the MCCI Core Team Principal Investigator.
  • Independently carrying out small projects and feasibility studies including responsibility for associated administrative and management tasks.
  • Engaging in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the MCCI Core Team Principal Investigator.
  • Carrying out any additional duties as may reasonably be required with in the general scope and level of the post.


Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an EI / IDA technology centre hosted at Tyndall National Institute – University College Cork in collaboration with the University of Limerick. Its mission is to carry out industry-led world-class mixed-signal and RF integrated circuit research to deliver trained people and IP to industry. MCCI is already collaborating with 27 companies and many of our staff eventually transfer into the thriving microelectronics industry in Ireland. MCCI targets real-life applications with its research and currently has projects in diverse topics such as DNA detection for food safety next generation optical communications, bio-sensing, imaging for security applications and early cancer detection.

MCCI is carrying out innovative research in the areas of mmWave Radio Frequency, Frequency Synthesis, high speed optical transceivers, high performance data-converters and power management integrated circuits to enable new applications. As microelectronics chips are manufactured in ever smaller geometries the performance of Analogue and Mixed-Signal circuits degrade while at the same time digital logic becomes cheaper, smaller and lower power. Digitally-Assisted-Analogue techniques such as digital pre-distortion and calibration can be used in such deep sub-micron technologies to improve the performance of traditional Analogue circuits and these techniques are at the core of MCCI research.

Requirements

  • A BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering is essential.
  • Demonstrated expertise in high speed integrated circuits research in SERDES, RF or data-converters is essential with at least 10 years’ experience in either industry or academia.
  • The ability to work independently, have a lead role in research projects and to contribute as a team member in larger research projects is essential.
  • Good organisation, communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Proven track record of producing successful working silicon for high speed Analogue Mixed-Signal circuits in submicron CMOS is highly desirable with experience of silicon characterisation being an advantage.

Desirable Requirements

  • An MEng or PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering is desirable.
  • Significant patents and/or publications in peer-reviewed integrated circuits journals or conferences are desirable.
  • Having worked with industry standards CAD tools such as Matlab, Cadence and HFFS is highly desirable with experience setting up such CAD tools and associated Process Design Kits an advantage.
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