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PhD position in ASIC Design for NMR Spectroscopy

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Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The department of Electrical Engineering (ISY) is central to the engineering education at the Institute of Technology, one of four faculties at Linköping University, and this regards both basic and applied knowledge. The research is based on industrial needs, and ranges from basic research to direct application in collaboration projects.

We are looking for a PhD student in Integrated Circuits and Systems.

Your work assignments
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the most powerful and versatile analytical methods to probe the molecular information of materials which makes it a robust and widespread analytical instrument for modern organic chemistry, biology, medicine, and industry. However, the strong requirement of homogeneous magnetic fields to perform highly resolved spectroscopy experiments led to bulky and expensive NMR spectroscopy systems based on superconducting magnet technology. To tackle this issue, shrinking the NMR equipment to a portable scale by miniaturizing the magnet and excitation coil and moving from the modular and complex electronics into a CMOS ASIC can be a solution to provide a portable and affordable equipment for rapid and low-cost experiments. The objective of this project is to overcome the challenges associated with the miniaturized NMR spectroscopy to have a sensitive and portable sensor platform for in-situ probing. The hired Ph.D. student is expected to create state-of-the-art technical platform for design of low power analog/RF front-end with special focus on NMR spectroscopy. The project is expected to generate highly innovative circuits and systems solutions to be designed in advanced CMOS and possibly other semiconductor technologies, measured, verified, demonstrated, and published in top international journals and conferences in the field.

As a PhD student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your workplace
Your work will be performed at the Division of Integrated Circuits and Systems at department of Electrical Engineering in Linköping University. The group has more than 40 years of experience in design of advanced integrated circuits, and in close collaboration with major semiconductor companies and academic research organizations worldwide. Read more

Your qualifications
You have graduated at Master’s level in Electronics Engineering or completed courses with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses in Electronics Engineering. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way.

You are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate documented strong background knowledge and skills in design of analog and radio frequency integrated circuits in advanced CMOS technologies, as well as good background knowledge in analog/digital signal processing systems.
  • Have good knowledge and practical skills in circuit design, simulations, and layout using professional computer aided design tools, as well as good knowledge in measurement of integrated circuits.
  • Have good knowledge and skills in 3D electromagnetic simulations.
  • Strong communication skills and good knowledge in English is a requirement. Good knowledge in Swedish is not a formal requirement, but it will be considered as an merit.

Terms of employment
When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University

The employment has a duration of four years full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date
By agreement.

Salary and employment benefits
The salary of PhD students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression. More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives
Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than February 15, 2023.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Required documents to be included with the application:
1. A complete, well-organized curriculum vitae (CV) in a single PDF file, including the following information:

  • Candidate’s full name, address, email, phone number, and other related personal information.
  • Bachelor and M.Sc. education, particularly documented background knowledge in analog and RF integrated circuits, and signal processing.
  • Skills and experience in IC design and CAD tools for circuit simulations and chip layout.
  • Possible related work/research experiences.
  • Skills in communication and documentation in English (and possibly in Swedish).
  • List of possible publications.
  • Contact information for at least two reference persons.
  • Other relevant information.

2. A half-page letter of intent, summarizing the applicant’s interest, motivation, and background knowledge.

3. Attached copies (in PDF) of the Bachelor and M.Sc. degrees and the official transcripts of academic records.

4. Copies of possible publications and recommendation letters.

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

We look forward to receiving your application!
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Contact persons

Alireza Saberkari
Associate professor
+ 46 13 286761

Atila Alvandpour
+46 13 285818

Lina Florvik
HR partner
+46 13 281925

Job details

PhD position in ASIC Design for NMR Spectroscopy
Linköping University Linköping, Sweden
Application deadline
2023-02-15 23:59:59
Job type
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