Opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Photonics Packaging

The Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall Institute invites applications for an exciting position as a Postdoctoral Researcher. The position takes responsibility for optical design and packaging activities in the new pilot line funded under the Disruptive Technology innovation Fund (DTIF programme). A large part of the research will involve the design and development of advanced packaging processes for micro optic and fiber optic components. This will include design activities using software simulation tools such as Zemax and Lumerical and development of packaging processes using Tyndall’s packaging equipment. The position will also require the person to write technical reports about their research and to present their research to a variety of stakeholders, including the wider research community and key funding agencies such as Enterprise Ireland.

The project involves strong collaboration with industry partners to develop packaging processes that can be scaled to volume and used for a wide range of industry applications, such as optical communications, medical devices and sensing. Candidates who can demonstrate practical experience of working with photonic devices and optical components are preferred.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design of micro optical components using software tools such as Zemax and Lumerical.
  • Fiber and micro optical packaging of photonic devices in the packaging laboratory.
  • Testing of photonic devices to measure packaged device performance.
  • Preparation and presentation of technical reports.
  • Managing projects within an ISO controlled environment.
  • Participate in education and public engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with 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 in physics or engineering.
  • Experience in photonics.
  • Experience in optical design and testing.
  • Excellent communication and technical report writing skills.
  • Experience presenting your research to a technical audience.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in the fabrication and packaging of photonic devices.
  • Experience in optical design (eg. Zemax) would be highly desirable.
  • Industry experience or working with industry would be highly desirable.

Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €38,630-€45,942 pa. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Peter O’Brien at peter.obrien@tyndall.ie.

Application Instructions

Step 1 – Click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference POB-42.

Step 2 – Return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

University College Cork, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the 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

Researchers in Optical Design and Biophotonics

The Biophotonics Group at IPIC, led by Prof. Stefan Andersson-Engels, is looking for two motivated and highly driven researchers with passion for Optical Design.

Successful candidates will join recently secured industry projects with Rockley Photonics and Raydiant Oximetry partners.

The two vacancies relate to projects on an optical measurement of health parameters based on photon-time-of-flight measurements (Rockley Photonics) and fetal monitoring during labor based on pulse oximetry (Raydiant Oximetry).

The present roles are devoted mostly for the projects and working with an industry partner, but will be fully integrated in the biophotonics team at Tyndall.

Successful candidates are expected to be creative, self-motivated, and should help create an efficient and friendly atmosphere within the diverse Biophotonics team and beyond to all teams at IPIC and Tyndall. These positions will offer great opportunities for learning and to become internationally visible as the successful candidates will be part of building a new center for biophotonics with a potential to become a key player in the field.

PhD positions with PIADS Centre for Doctoral Training

IPIC @ Tyndall National Institute

We have prestigious PIADS PhD positions available. The successful candidates will join a vibrant and well-established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) hosted by IPIC (the Irish Photonics Integration Centre) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), and in partnership with Queens University Belfast and the University of Glasgow.

See our PIADS CDT pages here for further details on the programme or contact the PIADS programme manager monika.zygowska@tyndall.ie

Open Call for Sparkle Fellowship Training Programme

Are you interested in becoming a Future Photonics Research Leader? Register your interest to join the MSCA and SFI COFUND Sparkle Fellowship Training Programme today! Joining the programme will help you to refine your research skills and present you with opportunities to build on skills highly desired in the academic and industrial world; project management, communication, prototype development and tech transfer.

Have an idea you want to develop and see it grow to a commercialized product? By joining Sparkle you will have the academic freedom and opportunity to leverage the expertise of the team and numerous industry partners to help see this through.

Click HERE to find out more details on the application process.

Application deadline is September 15th, 2022.

PhD Studentship in Responsive Photonic Arrays

IPIC @ Tyndall National Institute

Over the past decade there has been enormous interest in the development of mechanochromic photonics crystals as visual sensors. There are typically three ways to produce colour; pigmentation, emission or structural colour. Mechanchromic structures explit structural colour resulting from the interference of light. A general term of structues that can be used to manipulate colour in this way is photonic crystals. The reflected or transmitted colour depends on the materials and structure. The structures can be as simple of planar thin films or as complex as the features in the blue morpho butterfly wings or 3D opal crystals. Many structures are inspired by those occurring in nature. Mechanochromic structures use materials which swell in response to a stimulus (liquid, gas, chemical) or which can be stretched or compressed with a resulting changing in the observed colour. The extent of the extent of the colour change, the sensitivity to the stimulus and the response time are all critical parameters that must be considered depending on the specific application. Often the structures
fabricated to date are relatively simple, such as multi-planar layers or a grating on a surface, and the range of colour tuning is quite limited.

The innovation in this project is that we will investigate structures that can be fabricated via direct laser writing using two photon polymerization.

This project is in collaboration with Prof. Larisa Florea in the School of Chemistry. As it is a collaborative project it will offer lots of opportunity for discussion with the material scientists so that we can understand and balance what is possible from a materials perspective with what is required from a photonics perspective to achieve the optimal sensor response. Our contribution to the project is in the structure design, materials characterization, optical characterization of the laser printed structures and simulation of experimental results to understand the material changes and how the sensors can be further optimized. The project is also in collaboration with Dr. Radislav Potyrailo, General Electric Research, USA.

Objectives and methodology
The objective of the objective of this project will be to develop solution based chemical sensors

For further details please see:


Sparkle – Training Europe’s Future Photonics Research Leaders

Sparkle is an innovative Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions training and career development programme that offers 27 x two-year fellowships between Dec 2019 and Feb 2021.

Fellows will be based in Ireland at one of the following  Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway or Cork Institute of Technology

Interested? Details at www.ipic.ie/sparkle/

Tyndall, IPIC, MCCI & IERC Summer Internships 2022

IPIC @ Tyndall National Institute

**Applications closed**

This internship will allow you to work with renowned researchers at Tyndall National Institute, IPIC the SFI Centre for Photonics, MCCI and IERC.

Interns will be given access to world-class research environments, and also the opportunity to learn from award-winning scientists and researchers who are at the cutting edge of deep-tech research.

To support you during the programme and to give you a truly immersive experience, interns will be partnered up with a senior researcher that’s relevant to their chosen research area. They will receive a generous bursary while undertaking a 12-week research project complemented by a workshop series and learn about research commercialisation, communication and more.

The internship programme has been designed in a flexible manner for blended working that accommodates online remote learning as well as supervised lab access for each intern.

To be considered for an internship, students need to be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a Republic of Ireland based university or institute of technology from all STEM fields.

25 summer bursaries for the 2022 programme are available.

View the programme’s Data Protection Notice here.

Discover more about the research areas the programme will offer at the Open Evening event which will be announced soon.

Postdoc Researcher-High speed components & Photonic Integrated Circuits

IPIC @ Tyndall National Institute

The Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork invite applications for a postdoctoral position aimed at the research and development of high speed components (modulators, lasers and detectors) and Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for a new generation of communication systems.