Postdoctoral Researcher/ Scientist in RF Front-End Components and Antenna Subsystems

Cork, Munster, Ireland
Full Time
Packaging & Integration

Postdoctoral Researcher/ Scientist in RF Front-End Components and Antenna Subsystems

Contract: Full-time/Fixed Term

The Advanced RF Technologies (ART) Group at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) and University College Cork, Cork, Ireland invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher/Scientist in RF Front-End Components and Antenna Subsystems. We are looking for highly-motivated and ambitious researchers with strong background in RF circuit design, electromagnetics, wave-propagation and antennas to work on cutting edge research in RF front-end-antenna sub-systems for 6G communications and Internet-of-Space (IOS). This will encompass research in a number of areas including:

  • RF/mm-wave design of RF components and systems
  • Acoustic wave-resonator-based filters
  • Waveguide RF filters, passives and antenna systems
  • MMIC RF circuits and active components
  • Additive manufacturing technologies for 3D Printed RF systems

The post holder will be the lead researcher in one or more of the aforementioned research areas and will be responsible of certain project tasks and deliverables. Furthermore, the post holder is expected to be involved in proposals development, lab and equipment management. The post offers a superb opportunity for an ambitious researcher to develop an independent research portfolio in areas of interest of the group and transition to an independent researcher that will later on lead his/her own team.

The successful candidate will become a member of a vibrant and diverse community of academics, research professionals and students at TNI and UCC and will have access to world-class RF characterization and manufacturing facilities at TNI. Furthermore, the role will provide career development opportunities and training for fellowships and proposal preparations. Further information on our community and infrastructure can be found in the following websites: Advanced RF Technology Group: University College Cork:, Tyndall National Institute: . Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Key responsibilities

  • Carry out innovative research in RF components/systems design and advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Perform modelling and analysis of the limitations of existing solutions aiming to identify key challenges and propose innovative concepts.
  • Perform full-wave electromagnetic analysis of 3D RF components, waveguides, antennas
  • Carry out circuit design of RF passive/active components
  • Define process manufacturing requirements and design high-performing RF components based on manufacturing and material constraints.
  • Develop tuning/reconfigurability concepts.
  • Develop layouts, masks and technical drawings as required for the manufacturing and packaging of RF components and systems.
  • Perform characterization using network analysers, probe station and antenna characterization equipment.
  • Carry out research independently and manage research projects.
  • Management of research labs and experimental testing equipment
  • Preparation of technical reports, power point presentations, scientific papers
  • Support preparation of new proposals and projects.
  • Assist BS/MS and PhD students and the teaching activities of the group.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system and ensure the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD degree in Electronic/Electrical engineering or relevant discipline.
  • Proficient in using RF circuit and EM design tools, e.g. ADS (or similar), HFSS (or similar).
  • Proficient in RF components characterization and antenna testing using network analyser, probe station, spectrum analyser, anechoic chamber or equivalent
  • Strong publication record in IEEE journal and conference publications in areas relevant to this role, e.g. RF circuits, components/systems, antennas, waveguide, electromagnetic propagation
  • High analytical skills with good interpersonal and organizational skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of creative skills/creativity
  • Experience in design and testing of power amplifiers (PAs) and low noise amplifiers (LNAs)
  • Experience in 3D printing techniques for RF components
  • Experience in MMIC design/ IC design using PDKs and tape-out experience.
  • Experience in using PCB manufacturing equipment, CNC machining, laser cutters, 3D printers
  • Experience in MS/PhD students advising and teaching.

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.

The candidate will be given an initial 12 months contract with scope for long term extension subject to performance and availability of funds.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €43,908-€50,302 pa and Senior Post-Doctoral Researchers €51,677 -€56,203 pa.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal inquiries can be made in confidence to Prof. Dimitra Psychogiou at [email protected]

Closing date of application is 15th 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.

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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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