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/Job opportunities/Low noise, low power, and area efficient power management for ingestible sensors

Low noise, low power, and area efficient power management for ingestible sensors

Master projects/internships - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Design and layout of analog power management blocks for sensor readout IC.

​The gastrointestinal (GI) tract, part of the digestive system, is crucial in our health and plays a central role in many diseases. Although it is difficult to assess total GI disease burden in the general population, it is certain that gastrointestinal symptoms can have a substantial impact on an individual’s quality of life and can highly disrupt daily life activities and employment. 


The impact of GI diseases is only expected to grow due to our lifestyle choices and existing wearables have limited abilities to measure the related effects, which is where ingestible electronic devices come into the picture. An ingestible device usually consists of an electrochemical sensor, readout circuit, and data processing system.

​Most existing ingestible devices are currently battery-powered, and the batteries take up roughly 30%-40% of the volume of the device, leaving narrow space for the sensor and its readout system. The nature of this application dictates the design of a system that is low power, low noise, and area efficient.


The goal of this internship is the design, verification, and layout of analog power management blocks (BGR, Current generation, LDO etc.). These blocks are responsible for powering up and biasing the Analog Front End (AFE) of the sensor readout IC, and must be suitable for the strict requirements posed by the ingestible device.


Type of project: Internship


Duration: 6 months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Science, Master of Science

Required background: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Christina Avdikou (

Imec allowance will be provided for students studying at a non-Belgian university.