PhD student position Electrical Engeneering: Electronics for THz receivers
The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.
Information about the project
The Group for Advanced Receiver Development (GARD) carries research in the field of Terahertz technology. GARD research activities include elements of low-temperature physics, superconducting electronics, material science and thin-film technology. This research has main applications in instrumentation for radio astronomy and environmental sciences. Being internationally recognized with its state-of-art Terahertz instrumentation, GARD was and is participating in major large-scale international projects, such as Herschel HIFI, ALMA and APEX.
The project is a collaboration between the Space Earth and Environment department and the mirowave electronics laboratory at the department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers. The Microwave Electronics Laboratory (MEL) at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience employs more than 40 people performing world-class research on high speed electronic components, circuits, and systems for a wide range of communication and sensing applications in the frequency range from 1 GHz to 500 GHz and beyond. A major part its research is targeting new semiconductor materials, devices, and circuits to enable higher capacity and improved energy efficiency in a wide range of future microwave and millimeter systems.
A novel technology for cyogenic low noise amplifier is to be investigated to eventually realise novel integrated receivers and MMIC circuits based on a unique combination of semiconductor and superconductor materials. This novel technology and device architecture will be studied theoretically and experimentally, both from fabricating and from device performance points of view.
The prospective PhD student is expected to:
- Study and model the temperature dependence of the material performance of the proposed technology for of Low Noise Amplification
- Design, fabricate and measure test devices employing new materials and new device approach;
- Analyze the findings and perform simulations, formulate conclusions, present and publish the results.
The major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies. As a PhD student, you are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in English and eventually in Swedish (within 2 years). The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of the employed time.
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.
We are looking for a person with a Master degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits (or equivalent) in electrical engineering, applied physics, or materials science. Grades above average are required; excellent grades are advantage.
The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.
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