EngD design Analog to Digital Converters integrated using flexible electronics

EngD design Analog to Digital Converters integrated using flexible electronics

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12 Feb 25 Apr Eindhoven

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Job description

Are you inspired by designing integrated circuits? 
Are you fascinated by new technologies to build electronics?
Are you our next EngD trainee in flexible electronics?
Are you eager to work on designing circuits that nobody tried before?
Are you passionate about having your design being fabricated and working as you wanted?

Job Description

When you think about chips and electronics you probably have in mind small black boxes of plastic soldered on a green, rigid plastic board. In the last 20 years, thanks to new processes to build transistors based on special materials, it has become possible to build transistors and electronics on a thin and flexible sheet of plastic, or even paper.

The advantages are many: imagine if you want to pick up signals from your muscles, or from the brain: having a flexible sheet of electronics on your body is far more comfortable than a thick and rigid piece of plastic.

This can enable new wearables for e.g. controlling prosthesis, picking up contraction signals from the skin, or Ultrasound patches able to make an echography without the intervention of an expert operator, or soft displays for new form-factor smart phones.

The main challenge of this EngD position is to design circuits that implement advanced mixed-signal functions, such as Data Converters, using flexible electronics. Flexible electronics is much more variable than Si CMOS, and thus design needs to compensate for this variability.

The circuits will be fabricated at Pragmatic Semiconductor, which is our partner for this project (https://www.pragmaticsemi.com/). You will also strive to apply the circuit designed to a specific application, which will be defined in detail together with Pragmatic. Examples include indeed picking up signals from the muscles or from the brain, to control prosthesis. You will be part of a team working on flexible and printed electronics in the Emerging Technologies lab ( https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/integrated-circuits/emerging-technologies ) of the Integrated Circuits group.
Details on the EngD program can be found at: 2-year post master technology: Engineering Doctorate (EngD) (tue.nl)


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Electrical Engineering.
  • Specific knowledge and practical experience in Integrated Circuits design.
  • Knowledge of EDA tools for the simulation and design of Integrated Circuits.
  • A design oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with the industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an international setting with a close relationship to industry. 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 two years.
  • 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 TOIO  (€2,618).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • To support you during your EngD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for EngD trainees.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.


  • Technical and laboratory
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V36.7252


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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