Postgraduate research

Please only respond to specific advertised doctoral opportunities and do not send speculative general applications. All positions will be advertised here as they become available

Currently available postgraduate research opportunities in Nimbus are listed below. These opportunities are open to both EU and non-EU students. However, as some funding agencies do not provide funding for payment of full non-EU academic fees, full fee payment may not be available in all cases for non-EU students. This is noted where relevant. Please contact the Nimbus Head of Academic Studies if you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities or if you would like further information.

We have an exciting mix of Postgraduate projects ongoing at the moment. Read about our Masters and PhD projects.

Below are a sample of Nimbus PhD research projects which are currently underway:

(Please note that the PhD opportunities listed below have all been filled)

PhD Opportunity – Position Filled

Reliability of Wireless Sensor Networks for Marine Renewable Energy Platforms

The SFI-funded Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) involves researchers in University College Cork, NUI Galway, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, NUI Maynooth  and Cork Institute of Technology, along with 47 companies, into a national effort to further the development of marine renewable energy. MaREI will apply fundamental science to problems of major importance to the marine renewable industry and other stakeholders in the context of Irish and European energy needs.

As part of its participation the MaREI Centre, The Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology offers a PhD research opportunity in the area of marine wireless sensor networks and, in particular, reliable data collection for marine renewable energy platforms. For further details click here.


PhD Opportunity – Position Filled

Reliability of Implanted MEMS Energy Harvesters

The three-year research project “MANpower”, funded by the EU-FP7 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP) Programme, is scheduled to start in Autumn 2013. The project, co-ordinated by Tyndall National Institute and involving partners from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, has the objective of developing a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) energy harvester for supplying power to implantable cardiac stimulation devices. This novel harvester will collect low frequency mechanical energy from cardiac movement and convert it to electrical energy. The project is also addressing associated topics of energy management and storage, system integration and packaging, and biocompatibility. The Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology is leading the MANpower workpackage on reliability and is offering two PhD opportunities in this state-of-the-art microsystems project.

PhD Opportunity (click links below for details): Positions Filled

Design for Reliability of a MEMS Cardiac Vibrational Energy Transducer

Design for Reliability of an Implanted Cardiac Energy Harvester

Applicants for a master’s degree should have a minimum of an honours Level 8 degree while applicants for a PhD degree should have a first-class honours or upper second-honours degree with a consistent high level of academic performance. For those with workplace or other professional experience, CIT operates a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process which may allow experiential and workplace learning to be recognised as honours degree-equivalent for academic purposes.