PhD candidate Digital Design Strategies for Ultra-Low Power Communication Devices

The vacancy is part of the "ZERO, Energy-Autonomous Systems for IoT" programme jointly funded by NWO and industrial partners. The programme addresses the challenge of running Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices on energy harvested from their environment ...

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The vacancy is part of the "ZERO, Energy-Autonomous Systems for IoT" programme jointly funded by NWO and industrial partners. The programme addresses the challenge of running Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices on energy harvested from their environment. The PhD candidate will contribute to sub-project "Ultra-Low Power Transponder" that will develop techniques for devices that can for example be mounted on bicycles with the goal of signaling their presence to other traffic participants and avoid collisions in this way.

The PhD candidate will work in the Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems (CAES) Group of the Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty of the University of Twente, The Netherlands in close collaboration with the company Dialog Semiconductor.

RESEARCH TOPIC

The PhD candidate is supposed to investigate design strategies for digital circuitry that can meet the low-power requirements of mentioned IoT devices. Assuming the use of CMOS technology, it is believed that this will a combination of mature and yet experimental design techniques including dynamically lowering supply voltages to levels currently considered unsafe. The resulting systems should still operate reliably by the use of special strategies to be developed in this project. The abstraction levels involved can range from individual transistors in standard cells to the communication between large IP blocks.

Functie-eisen

Candidates for this position should have an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering by preference with a specialization in both digital and analog IC design. Next to excellent study results, they are expected to have a strong drive to perform research and strong communication skills, especially in speaking and writing English.

Next to performing research, Ph.D. students are supposed to spend a limited part of their time (max. 20%) on teaching activities.

Candidates for this position should have an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering by preference with a specialization in both digital and analog IC design. Next to excellent study results, they are expected to have a strong drive to perform research and strong communication skills, especially in speaking and writing English.

Next to performing research, Ph.D. students are supposed to spend a limited part of their time (max. 20%) on teaching activities.

Inquiries can be addressed to Dr.ir. S.H. Gerez (s.h.gerez@utwente.nl), assistant professor in the CAES Group or Dr.ir. A.B.J. Kokkeler (a.b.j.kokkeler@utwente.nl), associate professor and interim leader of the CAES Group.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

We offer a 4-year full-time position as a PhD candidate appointed at the University of Twente (UT), with a qualifier after 1 year. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary ranges from € 2.222,- in the first year to € 2.840,- in the fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits.

Bedrijfsomschrijving

We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science comprises three disciplines that craft Information and Communication Technology. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary on campus research institutes.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

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