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PhD student on Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing systems – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2022

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PhD position is available in Multi-mode high-resolution automotive radar with dense analog to information converter arrays (Mi-RAYS) at Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Deadline to Apply: Expired
Position: PhD student
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years

Department of Electrical Engineering

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands

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Qualification Details

In this PhD position, you will be one of the three key researchers in the mi-Rays project. To fit into the team, a set of key requirements is needed:

  • A MSc degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience and interest in RF, mixed-signal circuit design, data converters and signal processing;
  • Excellence in analog electronics analysis and design
  • Affinity with machine learning methods
  • Strong communication skills – you will interface and mutually relay on other members of the team and you will interface with many people from the academia and industry.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language (both written and verbal), Dutch is a plus

Responsibilities/Job Description

You are responsible for developing and implementing key architectural and circuits related aspects of a wireless receiver being developed with the project “Multi-mode high-resolution automotive radar with dense analog to information converter arrays (Mi-RAYS)”. This project defines three trajectories: a) the interface between the IC and the antennas; b) the power-efficient transmitter; c) information driven Data Converter architectures for MIMO radars.  There are already PhD-students working on the first two trajectories, while for the third trajectory we have the present vacancy and we actively search for suitable candidates, who are eager to assume responsibilities for answering key research questions like:

  • Can we justify acquiring radar data at such high rates (hundreds to thousands of Gbits/s) when the important – actionable – information rate is small?
  • How can we optimize the conversion function of a whole MIMO ADC array to the information it is supposed to generate, exploiting the richness of information available in the scene of observation?
  • How can we optimize the conversion function in the radar without compromising functional safety needs to monitor the whole scene continuously for threats?
  • How can we optimize the power efficiency and energy per conversion bit?
  • How can we combine the MIMO and beamforming arrays and accommodate range doppler processing that allows obtaining information about the scene of observation?
  • How can we use modern AI functions (e.g. task-adaptive compressed sensing to derive domain optimized conversion and associated use of conversion resources (sampling rate, SNR, etc.) tailored for the information residing in the scene of observation?

The PhD research needs to be concluded in 4 years. A possible work plan with milestones can be:

  • Year 1: requirement analysis, proposal and first proof of principle with simulations: AI algorithms that control hardware (MIMO) ADC, taking into account the application driven constraints (automotive radar).
  • Year 2: initial test chip and demo (relaxed requirements, lower speeds; mainly test interaction between AI and ADC)
  • Year 3 -4: final test chip and proof of concept (optimized requirements, high-speed operation)
  • Year 4: PhD thesis and defense.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: V36.5701

Application Procedure

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including English proficiency level, nationality, VISA requirements, date of birth as well as programming skills, experience overview, publication list (if any), and key achievements in research project(s));
  • contact information of two academic references;
  • copies of diplomas with course grades;
  • copy of the master thesis work (or equivalent self-written paper).

We look forward to your application and will screen your application as soon as possible.The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

Candidates will be selected based on graduation mark and proficiency at university including consideration of the reputation of the university, relevant experience and skills, writing skills and publications, work experience as well as performance in interviews.

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary please combine files.

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About the Department/Section/Group

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is an internationally oriented research university, specialized in engineering, science and technology.  TU/e is known for its major scientific impact and development of technological innovations. Our university is at the heart of society: TU/e focuses on complex societal challenges by specifically targeting three Strategic Areas with education and research: Energy, Health, and Smart Mobility.

The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) is one of the most successful departments in the Netherlands in the field of research in collaboration with industry. The department currently has approximately 1200 Bachelor and Master students and more than 300 PhD students.

About the Employer: Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands

Note or Other details

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

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Contact details

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contactdr.ir. Georgi Radulov, g.radulov[at]tue.nl or dr.ir. Ruud van Sloun, r.j.g.v.sloun[at]tue.nl.

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact Mrs Linda van den Boomen,HR advisor, l.j.c.v.d.boomen[at]tue.nl

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!

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