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The Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall Institute UCC invites applications for an exciting position as Research Assistant with responsibility for managing its new advanced photonic packaging training programme.

The training programme is an important activity within the group, and is organised under the PIXAPP Photonic Packaging Pilot Line. The Pilot Line consists of a world-class packaging infrastructure distributed between key European research institutes and companies, addressing a wide range of advanced photonic packaging requirements which are capable of scaling to large volumes. The Pilot Line is a major initiative funded by the European Commission to develop a unique capability in Europe to support the emerging needs of European industry. Application markets to be addressed by the Pilot Line include telecommunications, medical devices, point-of-care biosensors, and the internet of things.

The Pilot Line’s unique industry-focused training programme provides course attendees with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and a comprehensive set of dedicated lectures and technical mentoring. The training programme is delivered by international experts, ensuring attendees gain a deep understanding of PIC technologies and critical PIC manufacturing processes. A number of training courses will be scheduled to run each year, with approximately 10 users attending each course. Each course is scheduled to run for one week, and covers all aspects of photonic packaging, from optical fiber and micro optic packaging, to flipchip electrical integration and package thermal management. The Training Engineer will support the Director of the Pilot Line to prepare the training course, both course syllabus and training materials. They will also supervise the course and support course attendees. They will also provide continuous support to the experts giving the technical training.


  • Support the Pilot Line team at Tyndall to prepare the training course syllabus.
  • Support the Pilot Line team at Tyndall to prepare the training materials, including hardware such as packaging materials (optical fibers, micro lenses, electronic components, etc) and training course handouts.
  • Support course attendees during training.
  • Preparation of reports on the outcome of training and collecting attendee feedback to help optimise future courses.
  • Help advertise the training course to a wide international audience, including the preparation of advertising and promotional material.
  • Support the training experts who deliver the hands-on training course.


  • Degree specialising in photonics or electronics.
  • Postgraduate degree in one or more of the following; photonics, electronics, quality, manufacturing.
  • The ideal candidate should have experience in photonic or electronic packaging technologies, and should ideally have industrial experience, especially from the electronic or medical device sector.
  • Experience packaging and testing photonic and/or microelectronic devices.
  • Experience writing technical papers and reports.
  • Experience in project and quality management in a technical/industrial environment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work within a technical project team.
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage multiple project activities and meet project timelines.
  • Demonstrated experience in project and quality management would be highly desirable.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Peter O’ Brien, email

Appointment will be made on the IUA Research Assistant Scale €21,459 – €33,930.

To apply, please click here to download and complete the application form and return, together with your cv and motivation letter to . Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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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Research Assistant – Training

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1 – 2 years

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Peter O’Brien, peter.obrien,

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