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PhD fellowship: Multi-configurable RF Components & Antenna Subsystems

PhD position
University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
Electrical engineering

The Advanced RF Technologies (ART) Group at Tyndall National Institute (TNI) and University College Cork is offering a fully-funded PhD position for well-qualified and highly-motivated individuals with strong interest in Electromagnetic Analysis and RF design of Microwave/Millimeter-Wave RF components (filters, couplers) and Antenna Sub-systems. The successful candidates will be involved in an interdisciplinary and ambitious project that investigates novel high-frequency tuning mechanisms using new types of materials that can be re-shaped/actuated/reconfigured with the purpose of realizing multi-configurable 3D RF/antenna systems. The project will explore key concepts that enable ultra-wide tuning range, multiple levels of reconfigurability as for example center frequency, bandwidth and radiation characteristics (e.g, gain, beam direction, polarization) as well as operability to millimeter-wave frequencies (> 30 GHz). The research addresses the needs of the next generation of communications (5G+/6G) where high data-rates, low latency and dynamic spectrum access will be facilitated by highly-reconfigurable RF hardware that can adapt to on-demand user and spectral needs.

The successful candidates will become a member of a diverse and vibrant community of students, research professionals and academics at TNI and UCC and will have access to world-class RF characterization, antenna measurement and manufacturing facilities at TNI and UCC. Further information on our community and infrastructure can be found in the following websites: Advanced RF Technology Group:, Microelectronics Centre Circuits Ireland:, University College Cork:, Tyndall National Institute:

Key responsibilities

The PhD student will work under the supervision of Prof. Psychogiou and will be a member of a research team comprising MS and PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and research professionals. The successful candidate is expected to carry out independent and innovative research that will lead to high-impact publications (e.g, IEEE journals and conferences). The position will involve RF design and electromagnetic analysis of RF passive components, filters, antenna beamforming networks and antenna arrays, manufacturing/assembly and RF characterization. Progress reports, literature reviews and participation in conferences are to be expected. Participation in academic curriculum development or instruction is to be expected.

Essential Criteria

  • First or upper second-class honors degree (or equivalent international degree) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, physics or related relevant discipline.
  • The candidate must have taken classes in: Electronic circuits, Electromagnetics, Microwave engineering, RF circuits and Antennas
  • Experience with one or more RF/Electromagnetic CAD design tools, e.g, ADS Keysight, CADENCE AWR, ANSYS HFSS, CST or equivalent.
  • The candidate must have high analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in English alongside with good scientific writing and communication skills.

Desired Criteria

  • Master degree/Diploma (5-year degree) in Electrical/Electronic engineering with an emphasis in RF/Microwave design and/or Antennas.
  • Master or bachelor’s thesis or independent research study in areas relevant to the position
  • Experience using network analyzers, RF probe station and antenna testing
  • IEEE conference/journal publications

What we offer: A fully-funded PhD position that includes a stipend of €18,500/year for up to four years or graduation (whatever comes first) and full coverage of academic fees/tuition (approx. €5,500/year). Full coverage of travel expenses to IEEE conferences in Europe/overseas to present the outcomes of the project. Fully-funded training opportunities.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference DP-6

Step 2 - Return the: 1) completed Application form, together with 2) your CV, 3) Detailed degree transcripts (BS, MS only), 4) cover letter and 5) three contact addresses for references to  Applications will require all items from 1-5 to be considered for this role.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application.

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.

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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