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PhD fellowships:RF/Electromagnetic Design of Multi-Functional RF Front-End Components

DP-01 PhD fellowships: RF/Electromagnetic Design of Filters, Tunable RF Active/Passive Components, 3D Printed Antenna Front-Ends

Contract: Full Time/ Fixed Term (4 years)

The Advanced RF Technologies (ART) Group at the University College Cork and Tyndall National Institute is offering multiple fully-funded PhD positions for well-qualified and highly-motivated individuals with strong interest in Microwave and Electromagnetic Design of RF Components and Antennas. The successful candidates will be involved in cutting edge research for the 5G/6G wireless and satellite communication systems. The proposed research will set the grounds for adaptive RF front-end and antenna technologies with low size, weight, and power and cost (SWAP-C), multi-functional and full-duplex capabilities. Candidates with interest and/or strong background in one or more of the listed areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Adaptive RF filters and filter synthesis methods
  • Reconfigurable acoustic-wave-resonator based filters (SAW/BAW/AlN)
  • RF co-designed multi-functional passive and active front-end components: power amplifiers and filters, low-noise amplifiers and filters
  • Non-reciprocal RF components: circulators, isolators
  • Waveguide-based microwave and millimeter-wave RF components
  • Additively-manufactured (3D printed) and antenna systems

The successful candidate will become a member of a diverse and vibrant community of students, research professionals and academics and will have access to world-class RF characterization, antenna measurement and manufacturing facilities at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland.

Key responsibilities

The PhD student will work under the supervision of Prof. Psychogiou in one of the above research areas. The successful candidate is expected to carry out independent and innovative research that will lead to high-impact publications (e.g, IEEE journals and conferences). The position will involve RF design and electromagnetic analysis of planar and 3D RF components, manufacturing and RF characterization. Progress reports, literature reviews and participation in conferences are to be expected.   

Essential Criteria

  • First or upper second-class honors degree (or equivalent international degree) in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, physics or related relevant discipline.
  • The candidate must have taken classes in some or all of the following subjects: electronic circuits, electromagnetics, wave propagation, waveguide components, microwave engineering, microwave/RF design, antennas. 
  • Experience with one or more RF/Electromagnetic CAD design tools, e.g, ADS Keysight, CADENCE AWR, ANSYS HFSS, CST or equivalent.
  • The candidate must have high analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in English alongside with good scientific writing and communication skills.

Desired Criteria

  • Master degree/Diploma (5-year degree) in electrical/electronic engineering with an emphasis in RF/Microwave design and or Electromagnetics
  • Master thesis or independent research study/thesis in areas relevant to the position
  • Experience with Solidworks, PDKs (MMIC or CMOS) or 3D printing
  • IEEE conference/journal publications

What we offer: A fully-funded PhD position that includes a stipend of €18,500/year for up to four years and full coverage of academic fees. Full coverage of travel expenses to IEEE conferences to present the outcomes of the project to IEEE conferences in Europe and overseas.

Informal inquiries should be sent to

Closing date for applications is 30 November, 2020

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference DP-01.

Step 2 - Return the completed Application form, together with your CV, detailed transcripts, motivation letter and three reference contacts to

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.