DOH-13 PhD in Implantable Sensor Interface Integrated Circuit Design
Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term
Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an EI / IDA technology centre hosted at Tyndall National Institute. Its mission is to carry out industry-led world-class Analog, Mixed-Signal and RF integrated circuit research and to deliver trained people and IP to industry. MCCI is collaborating with 35 companies and many of the staff eventually transfer into the thriving microelectronics industry in Ireland. MCCI targets real-life applications with its research and currently has projects in diverse topics such as DNA detection for food safety, next generation optical communications, bio-sensing, imaging for security applications and early cancer detection. Please visit www.mcci.ie for more information.
Advanced medical diagnosis and treatment monitoring require miniature sensor systems that can be implanted in the body. Among the applications are monitoring cancer tumours and neural signals in the brain. Providing powering for these sensors is a challenge. While the size of batteries is reducing with new technologies such as solid state batteries they remain either too large or have only a limited capacity constraining the operating lifetime of the sensor. The main power consumer in wireless implantable systems is the communication link to transmit the sensor data. In this work low power, low area custom integrated circuits will designed to capture the sensor data and convert to digital with an Analogue to Digital converter (ADC). After the ADC data reduction and compression will be implemented to minimise the amount of data to be transmitted. These highly efficient ULTRA LOW POWER circuits will allow the implant systems to use less power and work for longer durations than ever before that will help improving patient and treatment outcomes.
The successful candidate with be based at MCCI in Tyndall National Institute, Cork. They will model, architect, design and test ultra-low power medical implantable circuits.
What’s on offer
You will have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Clinicians, medical systems architects, integrated circuit designers, magnetics and power systems experts as well as:
An annual student stipend of €19,000 applies for this successful candidate for this position. Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.
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