Doctoral Candidate (Ph.D student) to Design and Develop MMIC's for Radio Front-ends and Phased-arrays

Aalto University - Department of Micro and Nanosciences

The Department of Micro and Nanosciences at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is looking for a Doctoral Candidate to join the research unit of Electronic Circuit Design. The unit is a leading research laboratory in the field of integrated circuit design in Finland and is recognized as one of the best in Europe. The research of analog, RF and digital integrated circuits has been carried out at the Electronic Circuit Design Unit since late 80's. The Electronic Circuit Design Group of the department has two professors (Kari Halonen and Jussi Ryynänen), 3 senior researchers and about 10 doctoral candidates. Researchers of the laboratory have received several awards in highly recognized international conferences. More information about ECD unit's research:

Job Description
We are looking for a Doctoral Candidate to carry research work that includes the design and measurements of millimeter-wave silicon (SiGe, CMOS) radio front-end blocks, such as low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, mixers, frequency multipliers, oscillators, and/or phase-shifters. The Doctoral Candidate will consider the effect of the performance limitations of individual RF-blocks on the overall performance of the front-end and the entire system. Topic of the doctoral thesis may be tailored to meet applicant’s research interests and experience.

The Electronic Circuit Design group has all the necessary equipment and software for designing microchips and has access to MilliLab (ESA External Laboratory on Millimeter-Wave Technology) millimeter-wave measurement facilities and equipment. Some of the design software includes Cadence IC tools, Advanced Design System from Keysight (ADS, Momentum) and HFSS 3D-electromagnetic field simulator from Ansoft. We collaborate with the leading institutions in the field: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (California), Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid-State Physics (Germany), California Institute of Technology (California), and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland).

Salary and Contract Terms
The position will be initially filled for 1 year, with a possible extensions max to 4 years altogether. The expected starting salary for Doctoral Candidate is 2400 €/month, and it will increase with performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The preferable starting time is early 2017 but can be also flexible.

How to Apply
Apply through the link “Apply for this job” below and include the following attachments:

  • Cover letter describing research interests and motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Study transcript of the Master´s degree with grades
  • Certificate of MSc degree
  • List of publications (if any) or representative paper (e.g. thesis)
  • Names and contact information of references

More Information
Home page of the research group For additional information please contact Professor Kari Halonen, or Doctoral Candidate Dristy Parveg Tel: +358 50 432 9434.
Questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Secretary Akseli Kohtamaki. E-mail addresses:

About Aalto University, Campus and Finland
The Department of Micro and Nanosciences of the School of Electrical Engineering is located at Aalto University Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. As a living and work environment, Finland consistent ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland:

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