Principal Scientist  - Integrated Magnetics for Power Supply-on-Chip (PwrSoC)

Tyndall National Institute
July 12, 2024
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MH-42 Principal Scientist - Integrated Magnetics for Power Supply-on-Chip (PwrSoC)

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term

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 – we are globally leading in our core research areas of:

  • Smart sensors and systems
  • Optical communication systems
  • Mixed signal and analog circuit design
  • Microelectronic and photonic integration
  • Semiconductor wafer fabrication
  • Nano materials and device processing
  • Tyndall National Institute, at University College Cork, has achieved world- wide recognition for the impact of its research on Integrated Magnetics-on- Silicon and its global thought-leadership in the emerging area of Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) for efficient power management in portable electronics and high performance computing applications. This has been recently recognised with international awards from both IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and EARTO (the European Association for Research and Technology Organisations).

    Traditionally, magnetic components tend to be very bulky but for switch mode power conversion, the value of the inductance required is reduced by using a high switching frequency (20 – 200 MHz). This miniaturisation allows for inductors and transformers to disappear onto silicon (MagIC) which utilises thin-film magnetic materials to deliver magnetics-on-silicon devices that can operate efficiently at high frequencies. MagIC technology can dramatically reduce energy usage of microprocessors and other system on chip (SOC) platforms thereby extending battery life in portable electronics by up to 50%.

    Funding for the research has been provided by Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and EU programmes. Tyndall has also successfully engaged with a number of global companies in the licensing and transfer of the technology.

    We now wish to hire a Principal Scientist to expand the activities of our Integrated Magnetics research programme. Your role will include management and delivery of magnetic materials R&D and materials process optimisation using both existing and novel materials. A major part of the research will focus on the development of improved nanostructured/amorphous magnetic materials with reduced high frequency losses. You will also have the opportunity to manage a dynamic team of young researchers with expertise in various aspects of magnetics materials development and their applications in power delivery. The role will also include consideration of test and characterisation of materials and devices as well as associated circuits, system integration and applications.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and sustain a growing research team in integrated magnetics technology, components, circuits and applications generating world- leading, high impact, research outputs that will deliver highly trained graduate students, innovative technology platforms, commercialisable intellectual property and key publications and presentations in leading journals and international conferences.
  • Provide leadership, management, coaching, mentoring and career development for an experienced team of professional research staff, and postgraduate students.
  • Secure sustainable funding from both industry and public organisations, at national and European level, in order to grow the team and to ensure its long-term sustainability.
  • Lead the definition and implementation of the Team's strategic research agenda and roadmap in line with Tyndall's strategic research plans and in conjunction with Tyndall senior management.
  • Attract and recruit world-class research staff and post-graduate students in order to grow the team.
  • Manage liaison with other Tyndall teams including Tyndall Fab, Business Development, Test and Characterisation, Packaging and Failure Analysis.
  • Lead, define, manage and deliver project tasks, deliverables including reports, process documentation, intellectual property capture (both know- how and patents), technical publications and presentations for both internal and external customers.
  • Build high impact, collaborative relationships with world-leading researchers, in Tyndall and in both national and international academia and industry.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in provision of technical support including a willingness to work flexible hours maybe required.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • 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

  • PhD Qualified, in Engineering, Science, Physics or related discipline.
  • Typically 10+ years of hands-on experience in a commercial or R&D wafer fabrication facility in one or more of the following process technologies: Semiconductor fabrication, MEMS, Magnetic materials synthesis, Magnetic component fabrication, Component design, test and characterisation, System integration and packaging
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theory and application of integrated materials, technologies, devices and applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive high-performing, cross-functional teams (including researchers, engineers and graduate students) to collaboratively develop novel technologies, processes and devices.
  • Demonstrated success in acquiring research funding from competitive National, International and/or Industry sources.
  • Track record of successful project completion and a focus on delivery of projects on schedule and within budget
  • Track record of publications in journals, conferences and/or patents.
  • Excellent communication and people skills including successful negotiation with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Proven ability in report writing, process documentation, operating procedures, publications and presentations.
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Demonstrated knowledge of idea-generation and problem solving techniques.
  • Experience of technology transfer, IP and patent processes.
  • 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.

    Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Mike Hayes at [email protected]

    Appointment may be made on the Admin I Grade7 (Admin Scale B (new entrants) salary scale €85,864- €105,823 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

    Closing date of applications for this role is 12th July, 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.

    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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