DOH-13 PhD in Implantable Sensor Interface IC Design with TYNDALL NATIONAL INSTITUTE

DOH-13 PhD in Implantable Sensor Interface IC Design

Contract: full-time/term

Microelectronic Circuits Center Ireland (MCCIlisten)) is an EI/IDA Technology Center housed at Tyndall National Institute. Its mission is to conduct world-class research in analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits and to provide trained people and intellectual property to industry. MCCI works with 35 companies and many staff eventually transfer into Ireland’s thriving microelectronics industry. MCCI targets real-world applications with its research and currently has projects in various topics such as DNA detection for food safety, next-generation optical communications, biosensing, imaging for security applications, and early detection cancer. Please visit for more information.

The project

Advanced medical diagnosis and treatment monitoring require miniature sensor systems that can be implanted in the body. Applications include monitoring cancerous tumors and neural signals in the brain. Powering these sensors is a challenge. While batteries are decreasing in size with new technologies such as solid state batteries, they either remain too large or have only a limited capacity limiting the life of the sensor. The primary power consumer in wireless implantable systems is the communication link to transmit sensor data. In this work, custom low-power, low-area integrated circuits will be designed to capture sensor data and convert it to digital with an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). After the ADC, data reduction and compression will be implemented to minimize the amount of data to be transmitted. These highly efficient ULTRA LOW POWER circuits will allow implant systems to use less power and operate longer than ever before, helping to improve patient and treatment outcomes.

The role

The successful candidate will be based at MCCI at Tyndall National Institute, Cork. They will model, design, engineer and test ultra-low-power medical implantable circuits.

What is offered

You will have the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team composed of clinicians, medical systems architects, integrated circuit designers, magnetics and power systems experts as well as:

  • Work as a member of a very valuable research team in a world-class technology center that has a very young, dynamic, dynamic and self-directed work environment that focuses on high-impact research results that are strongly aligned with industry partners.
  • Excellent career development and highly visible advancement for the semiconductor industry through direct contact or IEEE publications.
  • Collaborate with the medical device industry on advanced implantable sensors
  • Opportunity to attend and publish work at leading conferences such as the IEEE Solid-State Circuits conferences and the IEEE BioCAS conference.
  • Attend training courses and workshops, use the latest CAD design tools in the industry
  • Opportunity to publish in major IEEE journals.
  • Excellent working conditions including 23 days of annual leave

Main responsibilities

  • Engage with the multidisciplinary team to understand sensor signals and application.
  • Propose innovative sensor interface circuits to meet the requirements,
  • With guidance, implement the solution on an IC. This involves system level simulation, algorithm development, schematic design, layout and validation of fabricated silicon.
  • Engage in the dissemination of research findings, as directed and with support from senior MCCI research staff.

Essential criteria

  • The minimum academic qualification is a first or second class honors degree (or equivalent international degree) in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, physics or a relevant related discipline.
  • The successful candidate will be highly analytical with good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Experience in analog, mixed-signal or RF circuit design.

Desirable criteria

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Physics or related relevant discipline.
  • Experience with digital design and verification using Verilog or VHDL.
  • Experience in CMOS integrated circuit design
  • Good mathematical ability and knowledge of statistics.
  • Previous use of mathematical modeling tools such as MATLAB or Python.
  • Laboratory measurement experience
  • Knowledge of integrated circuit design tools such as Cadence/Mentor.

An annual student allowance of 18,500 applies to this successful candidate for this position. Annual university fees will be paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Any questions relating to this post can be directed to Dr Daniel O’Hare via email [email protected]

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Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency in accordance with UCC regulations ( Certificates must be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and must be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances, the jury may consider a previous degree in English (for example, a master’s thesis written in English) as proof of English proficiency.

Please note that a Garda check and/or an international police check may be part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may commit to making additional nomination(s) from this competition after the conclusion of the process.

Currently, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork is an Equal Opportunity Employer.