Vacancy: PhD and postdoc researchers IC and system design

(10-04-2017) PhD and post-doc positions on high-speed, mixed-signal and mm-wave IC and system design for 5G, high-capacity wireless and wired communications applications

The Design group of the Ghent University-imec IDLab research group is currently looking for several new PhD and post-doc researchers. The Design team is internationally recognized as a leading research group on high-speed and high-frequency integrated circuits for next-generation communications systems. At this moment, the Design group is for example active in seven European projects and in direct research contracts with world-leading industry partners. Besides these high-profile projects, the Design group is also a core partner in the ERC Atto project of Prof. Piet Demeester. These roadmaps form the perfect basis for high-level and industry-relevant research in an environment with expert peers and top-notch test and measurement equipment.

The main research lines focus on wired (fiber-optic, radio-over-fiber, copper), wireless (RF, 5G, mmWave) and instrumentation for which custom CMOS or SiGe BiCMOS chips are developed and integrated in system demonstrators.

To strengthen our design team, we are looking for various research profiles covering all key functions in high-speed high-frequency communication systems:

  1. Analog and mixed-signal circuit design for broadband driver and receiver circuits
  2. Analog and mixed-signal circuit design for broadband equalizer circuits
  3. Clock-and-data-recovery for burst-mode and multi-level modulation formats
  4. Real-time digital signal processing for broadband applications on FPGA and ASIC
  5. System-level design for mmWave radio-over-fiber and Atto cells

Typical research projects in the Design group involve multiple researchers with different specialties working as a team. Hence, a good team spirit, a good knowledge of English and effective communication skills (such as presenting and reporting) are of major importance for a successful collaboration. We offer you a challenging position in an advanced design and lab environment, a monthly salary or a PhD scholarship, and the possibility to follow various advanced training courses in Belgium or abroad. Work experience (academic or industrial) and publications are certainly a plus.

About the employer

Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions in the Low Countries, ranked 62 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (http://www.shanghairanking.com/). On a daily basis, over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students implement its motto "Dare to Think". Ghent University's mission statement is characterized by qualitative education, internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility. 

The IDLab research group is also a core group of imec. Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan.

All of these particular traits make IDLab a top-class research employer.

Contact person: Prof. Johan Bauwelinck

Contact details: johan.bauwelinck@ugent.be

Working language: English

Place:  Ghent, Belgium

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