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Head of Electronics Theory Group

Tyndall National Institute

  • Cork
  • Not disclosed
  • Contract
  • Updated 22/11/2012
  • Professor Eoin O'Reilly
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Ref EOR-23 - Head of Electronics Theory Group (ETG) at Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork is the leader of a dynamic group of research staff, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students with backgrounds in chemistry, physics and engineering.


Job Ref EOR-23 - Head of Electronics Theory Group

The Head of Electronics Theory Group (ETG) at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is the leader of a dynamic group of research staff, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students with backgrounds in chemistry, physics and engineering. The group applies the methods of computational physics and chemistry to a range of topics in electronics, biomedical technology and renewable energy.

The group is part of the Theory, Modelling & Design Centre at Tyndall, which also includes groups in the areas of Materials Theory, Photonics Theory and Circuits and Systems. The ETG group undertakes research across a range of areas. In Electronics Theory, the group develops and applies technology computer aided design (TCAD) tools to advanced problems in microelectronics and nanotechnologies. Computational methods from electronics, chemistry and physics are applied to the design and analysis of ICT and biomedical devices and manufacturing. Increasingly the applications in electronics have focused on sub-5nm transistors and technologically relevant interfaces. With scaling down to nanometre-thin layers, it also becomes increasingly important to be able to process a wide range of thin films in a controlled way and to understand the interfaces that dominate their properties. The group applies atomic-scale simulation to find out more about properties, processing and growth of such ultra-thin films, aiming to use computational chemistry and materials science to invent new materials and processes, which in turn will be part of future technological advances. Other activities include the use of molecular dynamics to investigate biomolecule interactions on functionalized surfaces and structures. The overall research aims to contribute both to the fundamental understanding of material systems and their application, and to develop computational methods for treating advanced problems in engineering and science.

Applications are invited from suitably experienced persons holding a minimum of a PhD in an area of direct relevance to the topics described above and who possess an established international research track record in the relevant field.


Responsibilities - Reporting to the Head of Centre, the successful candidate will:

• Establish and maintain a sustained research activity in the relevant field, via the operation of a vibrant research group containing both postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, funded via a range of external national and international funding sources as appropriate.

• Lead, manage and develop a highly experienced team of professional research staff.

• Publish regularly in high-quality journals, so as to maintain and enhance the high level of research outputs from the group and Centre.

• Provide a key management and mentoring function to members of the group.

• Develop close links with new and existing key industry partners and deliver the required stakeholder impacts.

• Assist the Head of Centre with the determination and implementation of Tyndall strategy as it pertains to activities of the group.

• Ensure high quality of output from the group research activities, including student supervision and teaching.

• Be responsible for technical, financial and administrative management of all group activities. 

• Ensure, in conjunction with the other groups PIs, the group’s financial sustainability by securing substantial funding on an ongoing basis to cover operational research costs of the group.

• Additional responsibilities as may be agreed with the Head of Centre from time to time.


Required Skills

• A PhD in a relevant discipline and at least 10-15 years experience in research areas relevant to electronic structure theory applied to material science and technology design

• A strong track record of significant research achievement at the highest level including a record of published work in quality journals and other appropriate research outputs.

• Appropriate international recognition/esteem in terms of awards, invited lectures etc.

• A significant number of peer reviewed publications in high ranking journals.

• Experience in international research management and strong project management skills.

• A record of generating significant research funding from national, international, and industry sources.

• Experience of successful supervision of doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and research staff.

• A demonstrated capacity to develop further their internationally recognised research profile.

• Experience of working extensively with industry on collaborative projects or through directly funded industry projects.

• Strong leadership, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills.

• Knowledge transfer and commercialisation experience is highly desirable.

• Experience of outreach and promotion of their work to a wider audience is highly desirable.

Please apply via the Apply button below selecting reference number EOR-23 and following the instructions to complete the associated application form, attaching your cv and motivation letter. 

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting the Head of Centre Prof Eoin O’Reilly on +353 (0)21 490 4413.

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

Tyndall National Institute/UCC is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Ref: EOR-23
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