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PhD: Reconfigurable Active RF front-end circuits/component for for 5G Communications: Filters, PAs, LNAs

DP-4 PhD: Reconfigurable Active RF front-end circuits/components for 5G Communications: Filters, PAs, LNAs

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Advanced RF Technologies (ART) Group and the Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) at the University College Cork (UCC) and Tyndall National Institute (TNI) are offering fully-funded PhD positions for well-qualified and highly-motivated individuals with strong interest in Microwave/RF Circuit Design of high-frequency active RF components including but not limited: highly-reconfigurable active filters, power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers and RF co-designed active/passive components. The successful candidates will be involved in cutting edge research for the next generation of 5G/6G wireless communication systems where highly-miniaturized reconfigurable RF front-end circuits are highly desirable. The proposed research will set the grounds for adaptive RF front-ends/transceivers with low size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C), multi-functional and full-duplex capabilities.

The successful candidates will become a member of a diverse and vibrant community of students, research professionals and academics at TNI and UCC and will have access to world-class RF characterization, antenna measurement and manufacturing facilities at TNI, UCC and the Microelectronics Centre Circuits Ireland (MCCI). Further information on our community and infrastructure can be found in the following websites: Advanced RF Technology Group:, Microelectronics Centre Circuits Ireland:, University College Cork:, Tyndall National Institute:

Key responsibilities

  • The PhD student will work under the supervision of Prof. Psychogiou and will be a member of a research team comprising MS and PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and research professionals.
  • 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 active and passive RF components, manufacturing/assembly and RF characterization.
  • Progress reports, literature reviews and participation in conferences are to be expected.
  • Participation in academic curriculum development or instruction is to be expected.

Essential Criteria

  • First or upper second-class honors degree (or equivalent international degree) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, physics or related relevant discipline.
  • The candidate must have taken classes in: Electronic circuits, Electromagnetics, Microwave engineering, RF circuits, RF design, RF passive/active components
  • 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 circuits/components.
  • Master or bachelor’s thesis or independent research study in areas relevant to the position
  • Experience using PDKs ( e.g., for MMIC or CMOS or relevant)
  • Experience using RF probe station and non-linear RF characterization
  • 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 or graduation (whatever comes first) and full coverage of academic fees/tuition (approx. €5,500/year). Full coverage of travel expenses to IEEE conferences in Europe/overseas to present the outcomes of the project. Fully-funded training opportunities.

Informal inquiries should be sent in confidence to

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference DP-4

Step 2 - Return the: 1) completed Application form, together with 2) your CV, 3) Detailed degree transcripts, 4) cover letter and 5) three contact addresses for references to to careers@tyndall.ieApplications will require all items from 1-5 to be considered for this role.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted. 

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.

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.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.