PhD position; Millimeter wave CMOS circuit design

Updated: 29 days ago
Deadline: 23 Jul 2017


Department of Electrical Engineering

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Job description

Title: Millimeter wave CMOS circuit design for waveguide integrated amplifier arrays for 5G communication systems

Work environment
Eindhoven University of Technology ( ) is one of Europe’s top technological universities, situated at the heart of a most innovative high-tech region. Thanks to a wealth of collaborations with industry and academic institutes, our research has real-world impact. In 2015, TU/e was ranked 106th in the Times Higher Educational World University ranking and 49th in the Shanghai ARWU ranking (engineering). TU/e has around 3,000 employees and 2,300 PhD students (half of which international, representing about 70 nationalities).

The PhD candidate will work at the Department of Electrical Engineering ( ). Within the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e, research and education is done in the areas of Telecommunication, Signal processing, and energy transfer. This project is part of the prestigious Dutch VIDI personal grant of Dr. Rob Maaskant. The interdisciplinary PhD will be positioned in the Mixed-signal Microelectronics (MsM) group and will collaborate with the Electromagnetics (EM) group who coordinates the project. In both groups, the topic of 5G and beyond 5G communication systems is researched by a strong team of staff members and PhD students. Both groups are part of the Center for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe) and have access to extensive RF and millimeter wave measurement facilities, both for on-chip as well as for antenna characterization.

The project
In this PhD project you will perform research on spatially distributed millimeter-wave integrated circuits in advanced CMOS processes and on-chip electromagnetic wave structures for 5G and beyond 5G communication systems. The chip designs will be combined and measured in a 5G antenna demonstrator system that is currently being developed by a PhD student in the Electromagnetics group at Eindhoven University of Technology.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Research on the system integration of millimeter wave ICs and 3D-manufactured waveguides, making use of new contactless transitions between the waveguide and the ICs.
  • Research on new transceiver architectures with arrays of millimeter-wave amplifiers (PA’s and LNA’s) inside the waveguides.
  • Integration of the developed amplifiers into a millimeter wave highly sensitive receiver and/or high power transmitter system including an antenna system in cooperation with a PhD working in the Electromagnetics group.

  • Job requirements

    We are looking for candidates with a thorough interest in CMOS circuit & Electromagnetics co-integration on-chip at mm-wave frequencies, with:

    - Master degree in Electrical Engineering
    - Experience in CMOS integrated circuit design
    - Relevant courses on microwave engineering/millimeter wave technology
    - Knowledge and experience of relevant CAD tools (Cadence flow) and IC design methodologies supplemented ideally by EM design tools (e.g. CST, HFSS)
    - Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and in writing
    - Willingness to start as soon as possible (no later than January 2018)

    Conditions of employment

    We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university through a fixed-term appointment for a period of 4 years. The research in this project must be concluded with the attainment of a Ph.D. degree. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. A salary is offered starting at € 2222.-per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to € 2840.- per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities. 

    TU/e also offers you the opportunity for personal development by developing your social and communication skills. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the PROOF program  as an excellent addition to your scientific education.
    More information on employment conditions can be found here: employment conditions .

    Information and application

    Further information


    If you are interested in this PhD student position, please proceed via the ‘apply now’ button. You must upload the following documents (PDF format only):

    •   Cover letter, explaining your motivation for applying and how you meet the job requirements (1 A4 page maximum);
    •   A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including also a list of publications, awards and contact information of two referees;
    •   Copies of diplomas, including list of courses taken and grades obtained;
    •   Proof of English language skills (if you are not a native speaker);
    •   Any other information you deem relevant (e.g. PDF of a recent paper).

    Please bear in mind: you can only upload 5 PDF documents (up to 2 MB each).

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