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PhD position on microwave and quantum integrated circuits/systems for space

Gent Zwijnaarde | More than two weeks ago

The IDLab Design group is looking for a strong research profile on microwave and quantum integrated circuits/systems for space applications. 

Ghent University – imec IDLab Research Group

Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions Europe. On a daily basis, over 15,000 staff members and 49,000 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.

What you will do

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 twelve European projects, one ESA project and in direct research contracts with world-leading industry partners. These collaborations 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), wireless (5G, mmWave) and instrumentation for which custom CMOS or SiGe BiCMOS chips are developed and integrated in system demonstrators. 

To extend our team, this vacancy is looking for a strong research profile on microwave and quantum integrated circuits/systems for space applications. 

The position is based on an EU Marie Curie project MWP4SPACE (Microwave Photonics Technologies for Space Communication and Sensing Applications), which offers 15 PhD positions. The MWP4SPACE Doctoral Network will train the next generation of specialists in integrated microwave electronic/photonic devices and systems in the framework of satellite and space applications. They will gain skills to integrate compact radio frequency (RF) circuits, and cutting-edge knowledge of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design, fabrication, packaging, validation, and qualification, both at the device and system levels.

What we do for you

The selected candidates will be employed with a fulltime contract. The salary follows the Marie Curie-Skłodowska DN funding Scheme that offers a highly completive salary. On top of the regular compensation, an extra allowance will be available to cover mobility expenses. The living allowance will be subject to a country correction coefficient, according to the hosting country. Applicants may also be eligible for a family allowance. Therefore, the exact gross salary will be confirmed upon appointment.
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. 

Who you are

You need to hold (or will obtain in near future) a relevant master’s degree e.g., Master of Science in Electrical  Engineering or Electronics Engineering or Photonics Researchers must have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

 Additional experience considered as a plus:

  •  Work experience (academic or industrial) or publications 
  •  Experimental characterization of high-speed, high-frequency components and (sub-) systems
  •  Nanophotonics or quantum communication systems

 Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing.

 Ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.

 Ability to tackle complex problems.


Send your application or any questions concerning this vacancy to Prof. Xin (Scott) Yin xin.yin@ugent.be or xin.yin@imec.be 
Applications should include a CV, a personal motivation letter, and contact information of three reference persons. After screening, selected candidates will be invited for an online interview as a first contact in a multi-stage selection process. Applications remain welcome until the position is filled. 

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