PhD; Dual-band 77/140 GHz Launcher-in-Package (LiP) for mm-wave Automotive Radar

PhD; Dual-band 77/140 GHz Launcher-in-Package (LiP) for mm-wave Automotive Radar

Published Deadline Location
4 Dec 27 Apr Eindhoven

Job description

We are pleased to announce an open PhD position within our Electromagnetics (EM) Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) of the Eindhoven University of Technology. This position is embedded in a new National project Mi-Rays in which 3 PhD students will join forces to develop technology for future automotive radars.  The work will be carried out in close cooperation with NXP, one of the global market leaders in automotive safety. Future radar sensors will use multiple frequency bands to further enhance the angular and range resolution as to improve the imaging capabilities to further improve safety and to allow level-5 autonomous driving. Radar sensing systems operate at millimeter-wave frequencies and use beamforming phased-arrays and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) concepts with silicon-based RF integrated circuits (RFICs). Using separate solutions for each frequency band would result in high costs, bulky solutions, and would create potential co-existence issues. A solution for these issues could be the use of shared apertures, which provide multi-band functionality by combining 77 GHz and 140 GHz radar sensing using the same hardware. To realize shared apertures, a low-loss and low-cost dual-band transition between the RFIC and the dual-band antenna needs to be developed.

In this PhD project you will extend state-of-the-art to realize a multi-band launcher-in-package (LiP) from RFIC to radiator implemented in low-cost packaging technologies, for example by using Multi-Layer Waveguide (MLW) transmission lines. An illustration of a possible implementation of the concept is provided in Fig. 1.  In this way, a dual-band RFIC can be connected to a single dual-band radiating aperture. The launcher can also provide additional frequency filtering properties to improve the out-of-band properties. We target a loss below 1 dB for the LiP structure. Figure 1: Conceptual picture of a multi-band Launcher-in-Package (LiP)derschriftThe Department Electrical Engineering (EE) of the TU/e, The Department of Electrical Engineering is one of the nine departments of the Eindhoven University of Technology and provides BSc and MSc programs in Electrical Engineering. The department has nine research groups and three centers. The department has approximately 450 employees and 1200 BSc and MSc students.

The Electromagnetics (EM) group has a strong background in research on integrated antenna systems for applications ranging from wireless communications to radio astronomy. The group has state-of-the-art experimental antenna measurement facilities and has developed two novel facilities (anechoic and reverberation chamber) for measuring mm-wave integrated antennas up to 150 GHz.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


Candidates for the PhD position should have a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in microwaves and antennas, an interest in combining theory and experiment and well-developed analytic skills. Experience with modelling tools (e.g. CST, HFSS) is recommended.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V36.7115


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Make sure to apply no later than 27 Apr 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).