Senior Power Electronics Researcher in Integrated Magnetics Group

Cork, Munster, Ireland
Full Time
Wafer Scale & Chip Technologies

Senior Power Electronics Researcher 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 Magnetics for Power Supply in Package (PwrSiP) and Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) technology used for integrated low-voltage power management of processors, artificial intelligence (AI) engines, and high-performance SoCs. 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 Micro Nano 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 multidisciplinary approach to integrated magnetic device development suitable for emerging PSiP and PwrSoC platforms – from magnetic material specification to device design and fabrication to electrical characterization.

The researcher will lead electronic design and simulation activities for integrated magnetic devices by using industry-standard FEM-based simulation tools such as ANSYS Maxwell-3D, HFSS, COMSOL, Cadence-Clarity. The candidate will also spearhead the electrical test of integrated magnetic devices in Tyndall’s recently commissioned state-of-the-art power electronics test laboratory. The researcher will proactively collaborate with other team members in fabricating devices using Tyndall’s micro-nano systems (MNS) wafer fabrication facilities.

This position offers excellent career growth potential. It offers great opportunities to influence the entire end-to-end design/development cycle of integrated magnetics and to become an internationally recognized expert in this field in collaboration with world-leading research groups and companies in this emerging space.

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

Key Responsibilities

  • To undertake research and development of next-generation magnetic components (design, simulation, and test) for integrated power management of processors, AI engines, and high-performance SoCs.
  • To collaborate with colleagues with expertise in magnetic materials & fabrication and in power circuits/system design, assembly, and test.
  • Project management of both research and industry funded projects, and development of new funding opportunities.
  • To develop and support a team of engineers and researchers including graduate students.
  • To author and 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 participate in education and public outreach engagement activities, as required.
  • To ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall’s Quality Management System and 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, or related discipline.
  • Typically, 6+ years of practical experience and deep understanding of power electronic components, circuits, and systems, ideally in low-voltage applications, such as 1.8 V IVR.
  • Experience in PCB design.
  • Expertise in test and characterization of power electronic components and circuits using electrical test equipment such as signal generators, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers and impedance analyzers.
  • Expertise in design, modelling and simulation of magnetic components (using Maxwell-3D/HFSS), and in simulation of power circuits (using Cadence/SPICE).
  • Ability to contribute strongly to high performing, cross-functional teams (including Principal Investigators, researchers, engineers, and graduate students)
  • Proven track record of research through industrial product development and/or excellent publications in journals/patents, and tier-1 conferences.
  • Highly self-motivated and ability to take initiatives.
  • Good communication, writing, organization, and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Track record of team leadership.
  • Experience in assembly/packaging of power electronics circuit.
  • Experience in at least one of the following: technology transfer via creation of a start-up or generation of invention disclosures (and/or patents) or dissemination of technology transfer to industry.

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 Admin(III)Grade 6 Scale (B) €56,079 - €66,954 per annum.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries may be made, in-confidence, to [email protected]

Closing date of applications is 28th June, 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.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

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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