PhD position in Efficient Broadband RF Power Amplifiers/Transmitters

Updated: 10 months ago
Deadline: 01 Feb 2020

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About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD position in Efficient Broadband RF Power Amplifiers/Transmitters for 5G communications, small satellite missions and autonomous systems.

PhD fellowship in Efficient Broadband RF Power Amplifiers/Transmitters is available at the NTNU IES. The successful candidate will be offered up to a 4-year position with 25% work assignments for the Department. The workplace will be Trondheim.

The position reports to head of department.


Main duties and responsibilities

The PhD-position within the high efficiency RF power amplifier research area is linked to the strategic strengthening of several areas of research like 5G communications, massive mimo, small satellite missions and autonomous systems at IE faculty at NTNU. The position will focus on efficiency enhancement of broadband RF/Microwave power amplifiers (PAs) using Power Envelope Tracking (PET) in combination with linearization methods (gate tracking and digital predistortion). The position will also be linked to an ongoing research cooperation on “high efficiency PAs” with University of Colorado at Boulder.


Qualification requirements

We seek a highly motivated individual who has strong background in electrical engineering or other relevant disciplines. The candidate must document experience/knowledge in at least one of the following fields: RF/Microwave Power Amplifier design, RF/Microwave transmitter analysis and design, high efficiency RF PA architectures and/or digital predistortion of RF/Microwave Power Amplifiers. The candidate must be able to work well in a team and quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Electrical Engineering or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

Applicants should provide evidence of good written and spoken English language skills. The following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are: TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test), IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted), CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

The research of this project has civilian objectives. However, equipment restricted by export licenses and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) is being used in this research area and with cooperating partners. Applicants that are citizens of Norway, NATO countries, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, or Sweden are eligible.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.


Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should

  • be creative, independent, and self-motivated
  • possess good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement


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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is up to 4 years with required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Electronics and Telecommunications (https://www.ntnu.no/studier/phet ).

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.


General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life (http://trondheim.com/ ). Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Morten Olavsbråten, morten.olavsbraten@ntnu.no

About the application:

The application must contain:

  • CV with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience
  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas (from both bachelor and master’s degrees)
  • Application letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills and qualifications
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree
  • Brief research statement (max. 2 pages) for the position
  • Proof of fluency in the English language (if applicable)
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF).

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2019/37462 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.02.2020

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