PostDoctoral Researcher
Posted : 19 January 2022
Closes : 28 February 2022
Location : University College Cork

Position Summary

The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics ( is an SFI funded Research Centre that brings together researchers from University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Maynooth University (MU) and Tyndall National Institute. It creates a critical mass of more than 400 researchers from Ireland’s leading ICT clusters to carry out research on a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application domain areas. One such application is in the space of electronic design automation and more specifically verification of complex circuits. This is a major topic of concern for many microelectronic design companies.

The SFI Insight Centre is opening up a postdoctoral position to work with one of our Industry partners co-funded collaborative research projects in the area of Mixed-Signal Verification. Latest advances in Electronic Design Automation flows as well as custom methodologies will be used to design a framework for efficient verification of mixed-signal circuits. The scope of this project is to research state of the art analysis and verification techniques used in the space of analog and mixed signal IC design and the role artificial intelligence and machine learning can play in this analysis.

Salary: €39,130 – €46,442

Post Duration: 12 months

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

    The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;
    • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
    • To work with our industry partner on an assigned co-funded collaborative research project.
    • To maintain and adhere to excellent project and research data management, data protection practices and IP (Intellectual Property) protection protocols and procedures. To ensure compliance with all associated polices and procedures re same.
    • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, Centre, School or College in order to develop research skills and
    • To gain experience in grant writing.
    • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
    • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
    • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
    • To engage in education and public engagement activities with regard to research outcomes where appropriate and relevant.
    • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
    • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
    • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
    • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.

    • PhD degree in Microelectronics, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related discipline, with a strong background in Mixed Signal Design and Verification.
    • Appropriate research experience.
    • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment
    • Strong knowledge of CMOS EDA design tools with an emphasis on digital/mixed-signal verification.
    • Strong mathematical ability and knowledge of statistics.
    • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
    • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
    • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
    • Ability to work well within a team.
    • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

    For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see

    Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Emanuel Popovici, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Insight Centre for Data Analytics Tel: + 353 (0)21 4902027; Email:

    Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title.

    Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on February 28th, 2022.