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PhD: Millimetre-Wave Antenna-Electronics for Beyond-5G Wireless Communications

The development of the 5th generation (5G) mobile communication is well underway with the sub-6GHz part already being rolled out in many countries. The roll- …

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


The development of the 5th generation (5G) mobile communication is well underway with the sub-6GHz part already being rolled out in many countries. The roll-out of 5G millimetre-wave (mm-wave) technology is expected around the year 2025, which will bring unprecedented speeds for wireless communication services. New application services will arise using this technology. One example is car sharing services that use self-driving cars that communicate with each other to optimise traffic flow and avoid accidents. This application also has the potential to lower CO2 emissions and free up much needed space in cities that is now occupied by mostly unused, parked cars. However, with mm-wave communications still being in its infancy, research in this area will be needed for decades to come to unleash the potential this technology can bring to society.

At this point, mm-wave communications technology is not yet very energy efficient itself. Here, improved semiconductor technologies are needed, for example, that allow the use of more efficient amplifier architectures. Moreover, better interconnect technologies are needed to minimise the loss between amplifiers and antennas. To achieve this, the antennas need to be integrated in the package of the integrated circuit (IC) or even on the IC itself. This close integration of antennas and amplifiers gives rise to co-designing both components rather than splitting the development into two parts and possibly outsourcing one of the tasks to an external company. By co-designing antennas and amplifiers new possibilities to improve the performance of the mm-wave front-end arise. For example, instead of designing both components for the usual 50 Ohm reference impedance, direct matching schemes can be employed that allows both components to operate at or close to their ideal working point.

This PhD position targets the co-design of mm-wave antennas and amplifiers. The goal is to investigate the potential this new design approach can have for future beyond-5G wireless communications. The development of a proof-of-concept demonstrator using the technology of our collaboration partners is explicitly targeted.


Applicants shall

  • Have, or expect to receive, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in the area of microwave engineering;
  • Have good subject knowledge with experience in either antenna design or amplifier design (e.g. gained through an internship or thesis);
  • Have a creative and critical thinking attitude, an intrinsic motivation and an ability to cooperate with internal and external partners;
  • Be comfortable to work independently and an interest in research training.

Previous experience in using scientific and engineering software packages such as Matlab, CST, ADS, etc. are advantageous.


  • 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 after one year.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary between € 2395,00 and € 3061,00 (on a fulltime basis), depending on experience and knowledge. The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
  • Benefits 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.
  • 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.

Additional information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact dr. U. Johannsen, u.johannsen[at]tue.nl.

For information about terms of employment, please contact HR: hrservices.flux@tue.nl

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


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Brief description of your MSc thesis.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.