EngD position in the Integrated Circuits group of the EE department

Updated: 23 days ago
Deadline: 15 Nov 2023


Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

Irène Curie Fellowship



Electrical Engineering

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Job description

EngD Program at TU/e

The post-master designer’s program is a prestigious two-year salaried program in technological design, leading to an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree. It develops the trainee's capabilities to work within a professional engineering context in an application- and system-design-oriented setting.

For more information, please check https://www.tue.nl/en/education/graduate-school/pdeng-at-tue/

Description of the HiCONNECTS project

The project is a large consortium of academic and research institutes and industrial partners trying to address the heterogeneous integration for connectivity and sustainability (HiCONNECTS). The high-level objective of HiCONNECTS is to support significant societal and industrial challenges by developing heterogeneous integration (HI) core technology solutions for energy-efficient and high-performance wireless/wired cloud and edge computing as well as automotive radar to solve two of the leading state-of-the-art roadblocks: the transmission of Internet of Things (IoT) data over the IT network and sensing of objects to enable Highly Automated Driving (HAD).

Today, high latency, limited bandwidth, and high energy consumption per bit of information of current wireless/cloud platforms cannot satisfy the IoT applications that require real-time response. Furthermore, a lack of resolution, classification, segmentation, localization, and mapping of current radars is insufficient for Level 4 and 5 HAD. The second and directly linked objective is to use these HI components to develop solutions in societal and economically important areas, with a significant focus on RF technologies (Wi-Fi, 5G/6G, and radar) and IT data growth infrastructure (networking cards and switches) for the advancement of vertical sectors such as connected vehicles, smart cities, and connected industry.

HiCONNECTS’ s scope includes designing and manufacturing high-performance Radio Frequency (RF), energy-efficient cloud and edge Information Technology (IT) components and systems, and manufacturing technology enhancements. HiCONNECTS’ s scope includes Heterogeneous integration’ pilot lines at multiple partners, manufacturing partners, and critical applications demonstrators in Europe for the automotive, public safety, and life science and health industries, where efficient high-speed transmission of data is essential and relevant for society and the economic growth. The heterogeneous Integration equipment and modules manufacturers, RTOs, and academia are grouped within this envelope.

Tasks for the EngD in the project

Ferdinand Braun Institute (FBH), with RTOs, academia, equipment manufacturers, IC, and packaging manufacturers, will establish and lead a pilot line that integrates high-speed electronics and photonics with broadband interconnect technology into a seamless module using heterogeneous integration (HI) technologies. The focus of pilot line 1 lies on high-speed wide bandwidth electronics development. The foreseen data throughput, as described above, necessitates instantaneous bandwidths well beyond 100 GHz. Direct-modulated laser and modulator photonic chips are flip-chip mounted to electronic driver amplifiers forming high data rate optoelectronic transmitting components. There is a push toward developing co-design methodologies for driver-modulator systems, which requires a rethink of the system architecture. This project will explore and develop a co-design methodology to facilitate a novel architecture for the electronic driver and optical modulator system. TU/e will employ a SiGe BiCMOS electronics technology, which will pave the way to the hetero-integration of InP electronic and photonic components. This HI approach will be followed beyond HiCONNECTS activities.

Job requirements

Applicants must have or expect to receive a Master of Science degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related discipline. The selection of candidates is based on advanced-level courses, thesis work, and the interview process. During the interview process, emphasis will be placed on the educational qualifications and the ability for creative thinking, teamwork competencies, and personal motivation. Although not mandatory, experience in microelectronics design, electromagnetics, and design tools such as MATLAB and ADS-Momentum will be advantageous.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an international setting with a close relationship to industry. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for two years.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale TOIO  (€2,618).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • To support you during your EngD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan, and you will have free access to a personal development program for EngD trainees.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program and excellent on-campus children’s daycare and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs, and an excellent technical infrastructure.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science and technology. Some of the expertise and activities within the Electrical Engineering department of the University include optical signal generation, transmission, hybrid wireless-optical communication systems for millimeter wave and low-Terahertz applications, broadband energy-efficient optical transceivers for datacoms and monolithic or heterogeneous electronic photonic integration.


If you think you are a good fit for this profile and are excited to work on exciting challenges, or would you like to know more about this project, please contact Prof.dr. Marion K. Matters-Kammerer (m.matters[at]tue.nl) or Piyush Kaul (p.kaul[at]tue.nl).

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact HRServices.Flux[at]tue.nl.

Are you inspired and would like to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit our career page  and www.tue.nl/en/education/graduate-school/ .


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button.
The application should include:

  • Cover letter describing your motivation and qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae and references
  • Grade list with a list of courses taken during your Master’s study
  • The result of an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

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