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PhD in Mixed-Signal Design for the Internet of Things

IOC-10 PhD in Mixed-Signal Design for the Internet of Things

Contract type Full-time

Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) is an Enterprise Ireland / IDA technology centre hosted at Tyndall National Institute in collaboration with the University of Limerick. Its mission is to carry out industry-led world-class mixed-signal and RF integrated circuit research to deliver trained people and IP to industry. MCCI is already collaborating with 25 companies and many of our 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 next generation smart-phones, imaging for security applications and radiation-less early cancer detection. MCCI is carrying out innovative research in the areas of mmWave Radio Frequency, Frequency Synthesis, high speed optical transceivers, high performance data-converters and power management integrated circuits to enable new applications. 

As microelectronics chips are manufactured in ever smaller geometries the performance of Analogue and Mixed-Signal circuits degrade while at the same time digital logic becomes cheaper, smaller and lower power.  Applications associated with the Internet of Things is placing multiple challenges on the Intergrated Circuit Chips that are required to enable the next generation of IoT applications.

Please look at www.mcci.ie for more information.

PhD in Mixed-Signal Design for the Internet of Things Job Description:

MCCI is opening up a number of  PhD studentships in the area of Analogue Mixed-Signal Design for the Internet of Things. These will encompass areas such as Data Converters, Ultra Low Power Data Converters, Energy Harvesting, Power Management and RF IC design.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Carry out innovative research in Analogue Mixed-Signal IC Design, with a focus on taking advantage of deep-submicron CMOS technologies.
  • Participate on research projects under the direction of a project team leader to design and develop new architectures and circuits in areas such as Data Converters, Ultra Low Power Data Converters, Energy Harvesting, Power Management and RF IC design.
  • With guidance, carry out aspects of integrated circuit design which may include system level simulation, algorithm development, schematic design, layout and validation of manufactured silicon. 
  • Work on collaborative research projects with MCCI industry partners. 
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of senior MCCI research staff.

Essential Criteria

  • The minimum academic qualification is a first or upper second class honours degree (or an equivalent international degree) in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, physics or related relevant discipline.
  • The successful candidate will be highly innovative with a strong desire to create world-beating integrated circuits research for real-life applications.
  • The successful candidate will be highly analytical with good interpersonal and organizational skills.

Further information is available from Dr. Ivan O' Connell on email ivan.oconnell@tyndall.ie

Stipend - €18,000 per annum + Academic Fees

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and the application form

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

This position is subject to funding being available.

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