Principal Researcher in IC Design for Sensor Interfaces

  • Cork

JM-01 Principal Researcher in IC Design for Sensor Interfaces

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Purpose of the Role

Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an EI / IDA technology centre hosted at the Tyndall National Institute Cork. Our mission is to provide industry-led world-class Analog, Mixed-Signal and RF integrated circuit research and to deliver trained people and IP to industry. MCCI is already collaborating with 35 companies and many of the staff eventually transfer into the thriving microelectronics industry in Ireland or abroad. MCCI targets real-life applications with its research and currently has projects in diverse topics such as DNA detection for food safety, next generation communications, bio-sensing, and imaging for medical applications and early cancer detection and many more. As microelectronic IC’s are manufactured in ever smaller geometries the performance of Analogue and Mixed-Signal circuits degrade while at the same time digital logic becomes more powerful, smaller, and lower power. Applications associated with sensing and digitizing the real world signals in the “Internet of Things” (IOT) is placing multiple challenges on the analog & mixed signal Integrated Circuits (IC’s) that are required to enable the next generation of medical, IoT and general Industrial applications.

Microelectronics Circuits Centre of Ireland (MCCI) invites applications for the position of Principal Researcher in IC Design for Sensor Interfaces. Reporting to the director of MCCI, this is an exciting opportunity for you to lead, define and implement applied research projects in IC designed sensor interfaces in a variety of fast-moving, industry relevant areas. You will collaborate with multi-disciplinary industry-aligned researchers with expertise in systems technology, wireless sensors, biochemical sensors, and low power system hardware and software design to execute industry defined applied research projects.

Key activities will include leading and growing a team of applied researchers in IC design, addressing the outstanding challenges in microelectronics sensor systems in order to deliver high performance ultra-low power, tiny sensor interface circuit solutions for applications ranging from smart medical devices to multi-sensor interfaces for the IoT. The role includes directing microelectronic analog and mixed signal architecture & design IP, device test and system hardware design, team building, project management, researcher supervision, holding critical reviews of student theses and publications. Also involved in the role is travel to project meetings at client / partner sites as applicable, and to international conferences, workshops, industry meetings and project proposal meetings.

The Role

You will be required to develop a research strategy and roadmap for IC design of sensor interface circuits that is informed or lead by Industry inputs. Leverage MCCI core funding by successfully achieving additional research funding enabling an expansion of your PhD research team. Lead and coordinate the integrated circuit (IC) research and system specification, design and deployment of a range of sensor systems incorporating the necessary communications, sensor interfacing and power supply conditioning necessary to enable smart medical and implantable devices and multi-sensor interfaces for other industry defined applications in IoT. You will have expertise in system specification, testing of IC chip and sensor solutions with activities ranging from microelectronic circuit design, communications protocols, test chip / proto-type performance characterization and system testing, sensor interfacing and power supply conditioning as applicable to medical, biomedical and general Med-Tech industry defined applications plus wider lateral industrial applications that can leverage the same technology research.

You will be a member of MCCI and lead a research team involved in the IC design, development, and assembly and testing of sensors and systems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Director of MCCI to engage with relevant stakeholders including representatives of Government departments, funding agencies, industry organisations, multinational, indigenous companies and clinical groups.
  • Provide microelectronic research vison and strategy for CMOS IC design of sensor interfaces and precision data conversion circuits enabling an upscaling PhD and post doc team and provide principle investigator leadership of the research team.
  • Have ambitious plans for your personal research as a Principle Investigator and that of the team and continually identify research challenges and opportunities within the team’s area of expertise
  • Drive innovation in sensor systems through collaborations with the relevant Tyndall Technology centres and application clusters, e.g. Photonics and Bio-Electronics
  • Provide a sustained and successful track-record in supervising PhD students to completion and achieve successful Tier1 publications and presentations of high impact conference, journal and influential position papers.
  • Ensure excellence in the quality and delivery of all research outputs.
  • Occasionally serve on prestigious workshop and conference organising committees, deliver invited talks and leverage a strong international network of collaborators.
  • Be committed to professional development of your own career and acts as a mentor and positive role model for post docs researchers and PhD students and foster an inclusive cooperative work environment encouraging teamwork.
  • Coordinate, manage and lead large scale research projects
  • Seek, Create or Lead EU/other consortium projects.
  • Establish and support research activities to sustain and grow the Precision Sensor research group within MCCI.
  • Partner with Tyndall’s Business Development, and Tyndall teams to engage with potential customers and collaborators to scope out new projects.
  • Be responsible for leading a portfolio of collaborative projects with strategic industry, clinical and/or academic partners for sensors and systems for medical and other applications.
  • Ensure compliance with Tyndall’s Quality Management and Health & Safety standards.
  • Additional duties as may be reasonably required within the scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • An Honours degree in a relevant discipline of science or engineering.
  • Typically 10+ years’ CMOS circuit design research or industrial IC design experience at research leadership.
  • Evidence of successful ownership and execution of innovative or high performance analog, mixed-signal, sensor interfacing CMOS circuit designs from architecture through to tape-out.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and guide collaborations across organisations, functions and research or development teams.
  • The successful candidate should have a significant tier-one publishing or conference presentation record or patents filed or granted
  • The successful candidate will have very good interpersonal, communications and organizational skills.
    Desirable Criteria
  • A PhD qualification in microelectronic design engineering with relevant research or industrial experience
  • Research or technology leadership in the development of ICs and/or precision instrumentation systems involving autonomous sensor systems.
  • Proven track record of successfully leading and supervising PhD researchers to completion.
  • Experience in preparation of competitive research proposals for national and international funding programmes.
  • Experience in design of electronics for compliance with medical device regulations.
  • Track record of customer or research client management and development.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • The appointment will be made on Grade 7 Admin B Scale €72,946 – €96,093 p.a. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with the public sector pay policy.

Multiple appointments may also be made at lower grade depending on candidate experience.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Mr John Morrissey, Executive Director Microelectronics Circuit Centre of Ireland (MCCI)

Closing date of applications is 2nd December, 2022.

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