Postdoctoral Researcher (Magnetic Thin Films and Laminates) in Integrated Magnetics Group

Tyndall National Institute
February 29, 2024
Offerd Salary:€42,781-€49,177
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RS-06 Postdoctoral Researcher (Magnetic Thin Films and Laminates) in Integrated Magnetics Group

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Are you interested in an opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting cutting-edge integrated magnetics research for integrated voltage regulator (IVR) technology at a world leading research centre?

The Integrated Magnetics Group in Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork, Ireland welcomes you. Established in 2004, the Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems, specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits, and systems. It hosts over 600 researchers, engineers, students and support staff. It has a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide. Tyndall performs breakthrough research in photonics, electronics, micro/nano technology and smart systems to deliver innovative solutions spanning from atoms to systems in application sectors of Communications, Energy, Health and MedTech, Agri-tech and the Environment.

Integrated Magnetics Group

Tyndall's Integrated Magnetics Group is widely recognised as a World Leader in the area of Integrated Magnetic Passives for Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) technology. With over 100 person years of research effort in this field, the group has created a multi-disciplinary skill set for Power Magnetics research which makes it unique within the global Power Electronics research landscape. Over a period of 20 years, Tyndall's Integrated Magnetics group has demonstrated World-beating results in the area of Integrated Magnetics for On- Silicon and PCB-embedded applications. The group has developed innovative solutions in all aspects of Power Magnetics research, including design, material & process development, micro-nano-fabrication, materials and electrical characterization, packaging, and reliability. The group's research has had a very strong commercial impact with R&D partnerships, technology transfer and licensing with some of the world's leading companies in magnetic components, silicon foundries, wafer-level assembly, SoC and electronics systems design.

The Integrated Magnetics Group is part of Tyndall's MicroNano Systems (MNS) Centre. The group is equally engaged in academic research and industry- sponsored contract research programmes. Consequently, the key objective of the group is to undertake cutting-edge research that will deliver high impact – by generating intellectual property (IP) such as patents, invention disclosures and licenses; by publishing journal articles, white papers, technological position papers and by making public presentations at flagship conferences around the world.

Role description

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in our holistic approach to integrated magnetic device development suitable for emerging PSiP and PwrSoC platforms – from materials deposition to device design and fabrication to device characterization. The researcher will lead the activities around thin magnetic film deposition and characterization inside Tyndall's state-of-the- art clean-room facility. In addition, the researcher will support the team in design and fabrication of magnetics-on-silicon devices such as on-chip solenoid and stripline inductors.

This position offers excellent and timely career growth possibility. It offers great opportunities to influence the entire end-to-end design/development cycle of integrated magnetics and to become an internationally recognizable expert owing to our widespread collaboration with World-leading industry partners in semiconductor equipment maker, magnetic component and packaging suppliers, etc.

The candidate is expected to be ambitious, creative, self-motivated, and to enhance the efficient and stimulating atmosphere within the multi-disciplinary Integrated Magnetics group and elsewhere within Tyndall.

Key Responsibilities

  • To deposit thin magnetic films and multi-layered magnetic laminates inside Tyndall's state-of-the-art clean-room facility.
  • To characterize (magnetic, structural, and high-frequency) the deposited thin films and laminates.
  • To support the team in design and fabrication of magnetics-on-silicon devices such as on-chip solenoid and stripline inductors.
  • To author or co-author peer-reviewed publications of international standing and to generate Intellectual Property (IP) such as patents and invention disclosures on the research output.
  • To ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • To ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Electrical, Electronics, Materials Science, Physics, or related discipline
  • Experience in fabrication of soft magnetic thin films and composite materials.
  • Experience in micro-nano fabrication techniques such as film deposition, lithography, and etching.
  • Experience in characterization of magnetic materials, especially at high- frequencies.
  • Sound understanding of electromagnetic devices and their operations.
  • Track record of publications in journals, conferences or patents and IP material.
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Highly self-motivated and ability to take initiatives.
  • Good communication, writing, organization, and interpersonal skills.
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Experience in the modelling high frequency magnetic devices like inductors, transformers in Maxwell-3D and/or HFSS
  • Experience in high-frequency permeability measurement and data analysis.
  • Experience in sputtering techniques.
  • Experience in clean-room environment.
  • Tyndall National institute has a proactive entrepreneurial culture and we welcome applications from candidates who possess entrepreneurial and creative skills/experience, including the creation of technology start-ups.

    Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €42,781-€49,177pa. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

    Closing date of applications is 29th February, 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.

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    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, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

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

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