PhD Students in Integrated Circuit Design - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action SMArT

Updated: 7 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Nov 2020

The Electronic Circuit Design group at the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Aalto University, Finland, is currently seeking to hire two

PhD Students in Integrated Circuit Design - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action SMArT | Aalto University

‍These two Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will join the European Union funded SMArT project aimed at developing advanced technology for beyond-5G communication transceivers under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action International Training Networks (MSCA ITN) grant. The project is coordinated by Aalto University, in tight collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs, Belgium, and Tampere University, Finland. The ESRs will be employed by Aalto University and be enrolled in the doctoral degree program at the University. The ESRs will spend around 18 months at the Nokia Bell Labs research facility in Belgium during the course of the project. SMArT project offers an excellent research and training program, where ESRs will get an opportunity to join a network of researchers in the three participating organizations.

Project Background

Access to internet is a basic human right that allows everyone to create, access, utilize, and share information and knowledge, which empowers individuals and improves the quality of life. The significantly lower rate of the wired broadband deployment in rural areas compared to urban areas due to the low economic viability for the operators is causing a very large broadband divide, that leads to a knowledge-divide between urban and rural areas. A promising solution is to devise extensions to the 5G LTE technology to provide ultra fast fixed wireless broadband access to rural area, which can be done with a central 5G base station communicating wirelessly to a home outdoor modem, leading to lower investment as the mobile operators can re-use the 5G base station infrastructure instead of laying underground cables over the rural terrain.

The transceiver design for a regular mobile user equipment in 5G systems is already very challenging due to techniques like Massive MIMO and Beamforming that are integral part of the 5G standard. When this is combined with the ultra-wide bandwidth specification required to achieve the desired data rate as well as the constraints imposed by the power budget of the home outdoor modem, the design of transceiver circuits for the proposed system becomes extremely challenging. Complete CMOS integration of such systems, which is beneficial for power and cost reduction, is hindered by the limitations of voltage/current-domain signal representation strategy in conventional analog/mixed-mode circuit design, that does not fully exploit the benefits of technology scaling and the superior time resolution offered by modern nanometer-scale CMOS processes. SMArT project aims to bring a paradigm shift in analog design by maximally utilizing time-based signal representation techniques to solve the challenges of beyond-5G transceiver design. SMArT will develop the necessary theoretical foundation, ground-breaking architectural innovations, and circuit techniques in this regard. The scope is limited to transmitter due to the limited resources.

One of the ESRs will develop advanced wideband digital-intensive transmitter architectures by investigating and applying time-domain signal representation/processing techniques. The second ESR will investigate suitable switch-mode power amplifier topologies and circuit techniques in tight collaboration with the ESR working on transmitter architecture development and a third ESR (recruited through a separate call) investigating suitable digital pre-distortion technologies.

Research group
The Electronic Circuit Design (ECD) unit ( ) of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering ( ) at the School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland, is recognized as one of the best in Europe. Close to thirty years of our research in the area of RF, analog, and digital integrated circuits have produced outstanding outcomes, and we have a strong network of collaborators and funding sources in both industry and academia. The ECD group has three professors (Jussi Ryynänen, Kari Halonen, and Martin Andraud), three senior researchers, and about 20 doctoral candidates and research assistants working with state-of-the-art research facilities. Researchers of the unit have received several awards in highly recognized international conferences, and we publish around 10-20 papers annually.

Candidate profile
You have or are about to obtain a Master of Science or equivalent degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields. High average grade as well as excellent grades in courses on electronics are appreciated. You are highly motivated to pursue scientific research in the field of integrated circuit design. Some relevant industry design experience after Master’s degree is a plus, but not necessary. Your background and interests can be in any field of integrated circuit design.

How to apply
Please read the detailed project description, application instructions and submit your application through our recruiting system, link: . We will fill in the positions after the application deadline 8.11.2020. The start date is as soon as possible.

More information
If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Dr. Vishnu Unnikrishnan,  or Professor Jussi Ryynanen, 

About Aalto University
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has been ranked the 9th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2018) and one of the world’s top technology challenger universities (THE 2017), for its outside-the-box thinking on research collaboration, funding and innovation. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 4000 employees of whome close to 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, capital area of Finland.

We believe that people from diverse backgrounds can together reach the best results. Diversity is part of who we are: for example, over 40% of our academic faculty comes from outside Finland. We warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds, especially minorities, to apply, as we want to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. We are committed to equal and transparent recruitment procedures.

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

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