Prestigious PhD Student Position in Beyond-5G mm-Wave Integrated Circuit-Antenna Modules
Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering

Prestigious PhD Student Position in Beyond-5G mm-Wave Integrated Circuit-Antenna Modules

At the department of Electrical Engineering research and education are performed in the areas of Communication and Antenna systems, Systems and Control, Computer vision, Signal processing and Biomedical engineering, and Electric Power Engineering. Our knowledge is of use everywhere where there is advanced technology with integrated electronics. We work with challenges for a sustainable future in society of today, for example in the growing demands concerning efficient systems for communications and electrification. 

We offer a dynamic and international work environment with about 200 employees from more than 20 countries, and with extensive national and international research collaborations with academia, industry and society. 

The department provides about 100 courses, of which most are included in the Master’s Programs ”Biomedical Engineering”, “Electric Power Engineering”, ”Systems, Control and Mechatronics” and ”Communication Engineering”.


Information about the research
The European Innovative Training Network ‘MyWave’ on Efficient millimeter-Wave Communications for beyond 5G wireless communications offers 15 prestigious, fully funded PhD student positions in the area of mm-wave integrated circuits, antennas, and signal processing, starting in the autumn of 2019. The MyWave consortium consists of 8 leading European R&D laboratories from universities, industries, and technology institutes in the domain of wireless infrastructure which are located in The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Germany. Each PhD student will be enrolled in a doctoral programme and is jointly supervised by supervisors from the academic and industry sector. Each PhD student will do a secondment (i.e. training) of 18 months abroad at one of the industrial partners.

Our society is on the brink of a new age with the development of new visionary concepts such as internet of things, smart cities, autonomous driving and smart industries. This stimulates the use of the mm-wave frequencies up to 100 GHz to support much higher data rates and to increase the capacity of mobile wireless communication systems to enable future beyond-5G infrastructure. This requires new system concepts such as Distributed Massive Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (DM-MIMO) in which instead of a single base-station, the cell is covered by multiple remote antenna stations, all connected to a central unit. To overcome existing limitations, such as poor power efficiency and poor signal quality, MyWave will focus on an innovative antenna system concept utilizing both silicon and III-V semiconductor technologies, and advanced signal processing concepts.

The area of this PhD project is the co-optimization and design of antenna-circuit modules integrating contactless interconnects. The goal of this project is to synthesize a new multifunctional ‘material’ consisting of conducting, non-conducting, and semi-conducting materials using a recently introduced method referred to as Deep Integration. The passive linear parts of the material are modelled as spatially distributed inductors (permeability), capacitors (permittivity), and resistors (conductivity). This design space is however restricted to both the Back-End-of-Line (BEoL) of an Integrated Circuit (IC) and its package. The active layer of the IC embeds a grid of transistors that couples the field in a contactless quasi-optical manner from BEoL to the Antenna-in-Package (AiP). This multi-material system is then jointly optimized to achieve high energy efficiency. Note that no standard interface reference impedances will be used, resulting in a compact globally optimal antenna-amplifier module.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, in English. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 10-20 percent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of four years + X, where X depends on the amount of teaching and department duties, and can vary from 0 to maximum 1 year.

Applicants should have, or expect to receive, a Master of Science degree or equivalent in a relevant electrical engineering or applied physics discipline (e.g. IC analysis/design, EM analysis/design), and typically should not have more than four years of research experience. In addition to the formal qualifications, selection is also based on the performance of the candidates in other works (e.g. thesis and advanced level courses), as well as through interviews and assignments. Besides good subject knowledge, emphasis will be on creative thinking, motivation, ability to cooperate, initiative to work independently and personal suitability for research training. Previous experience in the area of electronics, IC design, microwave components & antennas, as well as proficiency in using scientific and engineering software packages such as ADS, Cadence, Momentum, CST, HFSS, Matlab, etc. are meritorious.

According to EU regulations, a candidate student who has stayed in Sweden for more than 12 months in the last 3 years cannot apply to the PhD positions at Chalmers. 

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg. 
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190398 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself 
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 15th of Septmeber 2019

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Rob Maaskant, Antenna Group, Chalmers, 

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