Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall National Institute

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Wireless Power Transfer Systems



BOF-98 Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Wireless Power Transfer Systems

Contract: Full Time approximately 6 month - Specified Purpose

Having recently secured funding from Science Foundations National Challenge Fund to develop a number of industrial research contracts in the research domain of Human motion Analytics in the application domains of sports science, health and Industrial Applications for worker safety and ergonomics, the Wireless Sensor Network Group (WSN) in conjunction with Tyndall's Wireless Communications Lab at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is currently recruiting for a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher In Wireless power transfer

The RENAISSANCE project will develop in-situ wireless charging/powering technology of Internet of Things (IoT) devices based on the concept of magnetic coupling, requiring no removal of IoT devices/sensors from their nominal positions. In doing so, the proposed solution will reduce the need for battery production, reduce e-waste and reduce the use of associated resources.

The developed technology will enable a new class of wireless charging/powering solutions that work over distances of several meters (compared to centimetres at present) corresponding to the size of a typical room/office environment. The proposed technology works by treating an enclosed space, such as room, office, or factory floor as a natural resonator with devices to be charged/powered placed inside. Initially, the proposed technology will focus on indoor case scenarios, as informed through our Societal Impact Partner. These scenarios include office buildings such as the meeting rooms and learning studios of the future. However, through discussions, ideas exchange and workshops with all relevant stakeholders, we will also examine the possibility of extending the proposed concept to outdoor case scenarios, such as stall holders and facilitation of their ongoing projects, such as urban beekeeping. Possible monetization paths of project outcomes through the establishment of a start-up and licensing will also be explored.

This is an initial 6-month (Specified Purpose) contract with scope for extension subject to performance and funding secured.

Reporting to the WSN Head of Group or their nominee, this is an exciting opportunity to help define and implement wireless power transfer systems for the Internet of Things.

The successful candidate will lead an applied research agenda in Rectenna design and wireless power transfer systems as part of the WSN Group which is comprised of engineers, researchers and postgraduate students with various levels of experience and qualifications.

Specific activities for this position will include rectenna design and simulation, project management, research proposal writing, student supervision, travel to international conferences/workshops/industry meetings, proposal project meetings and dissemination of the group's activities in high impact journal and conference publications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the WSN Head of Group, the Team Leader of the RF and Antenna Design team and relevant project managers as required, the candidate will be responsible for defining leading and implementing the day to day applied research and technical project management of research projects related to wireless power transfer systems, electromagnetic (EM) simulation, RF and microwave circuit modelling, design and characterisation.
  • The successful candidate will have expertise in the specification, design, simulation of antenna and wireless power transfer systems for the Internet of Things
  • Ensure the timely delivery of relevant technical project deliverables to the Project Team
  • Develop and exploit Intellectual property developed in the context wireless power transfer
  • Enhance Tyndall's position internationally as a world leader in wireless system design
  • Work with Tyndall's academic and industry partners (existing and planned) to identify their wireless system needs (technologies and applications)
  • 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.
  • Be part of the supervisory team for multiple Postgraduate students
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • Essential Criteria

  • Minimum requirement of a PhD in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or relevant experience in the area of Biomechanics/human motion analytics, with typically 10 years Post-Doc/industrial research experience in RF/Microwave circuit design required.
  • A specific track record in Energy Harvesting Systems, Wireless Power Transfer systems and Rectenna design is required to be demonstrated through research proposal development and a significant publication track record in the area
  • Key skills required include HFSS and CST EM simulation, RF/Microwave Circuits/RF MEMS design and experience with design software such as ADS, COMSOL, INTELLISUIT, ALTIUM Designer etc.
  • Demonstrated experience with RF-Electronic Fabrication equipment (Advanced Materials/Substrates Silicon-based for RF Applications, Deposition of Materials, Inkjet Printers, 3D-printers)
  • Experience with RF System Design Battery-less medical Devices using energy harvesting).
  • Embedded Design skills (PCB design, STM32 microcontroller, C, MATLAB, … )
  • A publication portfolio associated with research outputs in the area of RF design, Wireless Power Transfer, Rectenna Simulation, Characterisation and Test in high impact relevant conferences and journals
  • A prove track record in securing funding for research
  • Proven Excellent Project Management skills are a key requirement including, research proposal writing, work package and deliverable definition, project management, scheduling capability, report writing, documentation and communication skills for interaction with internal and external partners are essential.
  • Appointment may be made on the IUA Postdoctoral Researcher Scale € 49,790 -€ 54,154 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

    Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Brendan O'Flynn: [email protected].

    Closing date of applications is 3rd April, 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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    Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Wireless Power Transfer Systems


    Tyndall National Institute




    March 28, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 03, 2024

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