Prestigious PhD Vacancy (#PhD4) in mm-wave electromagnetic Compatibility and Coexistence. Department of Electrical Engineering, Center for Wireless Technology (CWTe), Electric Energy Systems Group (EES).
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The European Project 'InnoStar' focusses on the development of millimetre-wave technologies and methodologies for future wireless communications (6G) and radar sensing applications. We offer several 4-year fully funded PhD positions. The InnoStar consortium consists of leading R&D laboratories from universities, industries, and technology institutes located in The Netherlands, Sweden, Canada and Germany.
The project InnoStar will close the research and development gap on millimetre-wave
(mmWave) technology and methodologies for operating at >100 GHz up to 300 GHz - much higher than today's state-of-the-art - and for sophisticated, high-performance applications at lower frequencies. By advancing fundamental technologies in semiconductors, antennas and system design, InnoStar will enable numerous critical next-generation applications in wireless communication (e.g., 5G/6G), automotive safety (e.g., autonomous driving, radar sensors), medical devices (e.g., wearable sensors, implanted devices), to support a sustainable society and the EU's industrial leadership. InnoStar will target innovations in new types of antennas, IC modules and systems to overcome today's limitations at frequencies >100 GHz and high-performance applications at lower frequencies. InnoStar has assembled a highly sophisticated project consortium with partners from Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden, including world leaders in mmWave technology, NXP, Infineon, Ericsson, to achieve this goal. Through the proposed demonstrations and innovations, InnoStar will enable each partner to improve their subject matter expertise and reach sustainable market growth. This will promote and enhance Europe's global leadership and sovereignty in large technology markets.
Description PhD position on mm-wave electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Your goal will be to develop techniques, including guidelines and measurement protocols, for in-package Electromagnetic Interferences (EMI) prediction, validation and testing at mmWave frequencies (above 100 GHz). EMI occur when unwanted conducted or radiated emissions leads to a degradation, or a loss of function, of a product. These propagates through an intricated network of parasitic interactions. Mm-waves have very short wavelengths and create a lot of challenges for design and test because of the mechanical precision required for making accurate measurements.
You will not only improve existing measurement methods: you will also develop new and adapt measurement uncertainty models at mm-waves. You will realize novel EMI diagnosis for propagation of spurious signals and interference. Furthermore, you will also be involved in the first ever development of co-existence and interference OTA testing methods at 100+ GHz uncoordinated bands.
Besides research you will also contribute to education within the department. Apart from supervising BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is usually limited to around 5% of your contract time.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
- Applicants should have, or expect to receive, a Master of Science degree or equivalent in a relevant electrical engineering or applied physics discipline.
- 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 electromagnetic theory and measurement techniques is required.
- Proficiency in using scientific and engineering software packages such as Python, MatLab, ADS, CST etc. are advantageous.
- A research-oriented attitude.
- Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with industrial partners of InnoStar.
- Fluent in spoken and written English.
Conditions of employment
- A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
- A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
- To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
- To support you during your PhD 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 PhD students (PROOF program).
- A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
- Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
- Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called '30% facility', which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
- A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.