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Researcher - Energy Harvesting

Reference:SR-13 Location: Cork City
Qualification:DoctorateExperience:1-2 Years
Job Type:Full-TimeSalary: See description
May be suitable for: Researcher

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher.

Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position under supervision of Prof. Saibal Roy (email: in the Micro-nano-systems center, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland. The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team, which has a focus on the development of integrated magnetics.

Title – ‘Energy harvesting using novel MEMS electromagnetic transducers’

Project:The rapid growth in the field of wireless sensor networks has highlighted the issue of powering remote sensor nodes. The requirement to change batteries, or recharge other power sources, places an unwanted additional maintenance and cost burden on such wireless networks. In certain applications where environmental vibrations are present, there is the opportunity to harvest the kinetic energy of these vibrations and use this to power the remote sensor node.The focus of the project will be on design, modelling and development of vibration based electromagnetic micropower generators and developing the associated power management circuit. The project will also include development and characterization of full device and their integration.


The research of this particular position will involve elements of the following;

• Review of state of the art (publications in journals, conferences and patents)

• Mechanical and electromagnetic modelling (FEA) of MEMS structures

• Device batch fabrication using MEMS technologies on FR4/Silicon

• Electrical characterization of fabricated power generators

• Development of required power management circuit using off-the-shelf components


· PhD degree in Physics/EE/Materials Science/Mechanical Engineering or similar, in the area of vibration energy harvesting would be ideal.

· Experience in Electromagnetic and Mechanical modelling (FEA) using MATLAB, Maxwell’s Ansoft, COMSOL etc

· Experience with MEMS fabrication techniques

· Experience in electrical characterization of MEMS devices

· Knowledge in power management for Vibrational energy harvesters

· Independent approach to carry the project work forward

· Ability to partially supervise/assist PhD student/s

Please apply via, selecting reference number SR-13 and following the instructions to complete the associated application form, attaching your cv and motivation letter.

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

Tyndall National Institute is an Equal Opportunities Employer.