PhD Researchers in Terahertz Transceivers for Imaging and Sensing

  • Cork

About us

MCCI is Ireland’s national Microelectronic Circuits Research Centre. Hosted by Tyndall Research Institute (www.tyndall.ie), MCCI has a large team of researchers in silicon chip design, at various stages of their careers, from PhD researcher through to Principal Researcher and all are creating world leading, innovative and high impact technologies, which will shape our future lives. Specifically, MCCI’s mission is to carry out industry-driven, excellent research in areas such as Analog Precision Circuits, RF and High Speed Transceivers, Cryogenic CMOS and Integrated Power Systems research. For more information, click here.

What we offer

The appointments carry a competitive ‘tax free’ PhD research stipend scholarships and covers the university tuition fees. The project provides an exciting opportunity for young aspirants to pursue invaluable IC design, system architecture, test and validation skills using latest CMOS – BiCMOS foundry technologies. Candidates will have great opportunity to work in close collaboration with potential industrial partners and gain international visibility through MCCI-Tyndall. Your work will lay solid foundations in the newly established research group focused on design, implementation, test, and validation of silicon integrated broadband terahertz transceiver SoCs for imaging and sensing. You will present outcomes of your original research in high-impact factor peer-reviewed journals and international conferences.

Key Responsibilities

Within the research area, RF and High-Speed Transceivers, applicants are sought for fully funded 2 PhD positions developing the silicon integrated terahertz transceivers systems-on-chip for Imaging and Sensing.

VJ01-a :The first position is devoted to the development of electronic silicon-based terahertz transmitters.

VJ-01 b :The second position is devoted to the development of silicon-based terahertz receivers.

You will :

  • Design the ICs using latest CMOS – BiCMOS technologies, simulate and experimentally validate the SoC performances, and perform imaging demonstrations using the developed SoC prototypes.
  • Author/co-author peer-reviewed journals.
  • Disseminate results of the research on international, national, and in-house forums.
  • Manage/participate in education and public outreach engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with MCCI processes and the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential criteria

  • A Bachelor(honours), Irish Masters or equivalent degree in Electrical / Electronics Engineering, Physics or in a related area, completed or close to completion.
  • A good understanding in RF, electromagnetism, analog & digital circuits, and signal processing.
  • Strong interests in IC design and experimental verifications.
  • Good programming knowledge (Python, Matlab or similar).

Desirable criteria

  • Experience with IC design tools such as Cadence, Mentor or similar.
  • Experience with electromagnetic tools such as Ansys HFSS, CST or similar.
  • Experience with PCB design tools such as Altium, KiCAD or similar.
  • Diligence, conscientiousness, and strong work ethic.
  • Good communication, both written and oral.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to perform in diverse cultures.

The annual stipend is €22,000 pa. In addition, yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

For more information and informal enquiries, please contact Vishal.Jagtap@mcci.ie or John.Morrissey@tyndall.ie.

Closing date of application is 31st May, 2024

Application Instructions

Please make sure to attach an up to date CV/Resume AND a brief motivation letter outlining how you meet the ‘Essential Criteria’ for this role.

Kindly indicate in your cover letter which PhD you are applying for : VJ01-a or VJ01-b.

Click here to Apply

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.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, MCCI- Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

To apply for this job email your details to nicola.cooney@mcci.ie