University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Integrated Circuits for Space Probes, Norway

Publish Date: Dec 22, 2015

Deadline: Jan 31, 2016

University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Integrated Circuits for Space Probes

A position as Postdoctoral Research fellow (position code 1352) Is available at the Nanoelectronics Group, Department of Informatics. The fellowship is for a period of up to 2,5 years. Starting date no later than 01-June-2016.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Project description

The position is part of the interdisciplinary 4DSpace strategic research initiative, an initiative at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo, involving the Departments of Physics, Informatics, and Mathematics. The 4DSpace initiative is working towards integrated multi-point, multi-scale studies of ionospheric turbulence with new generation sounding rockets and satellites, and cutting edge numerical and analytical models. The center is active with in-situ measurements (such as the ICI-rocket series, CubeSTAR, or European Space Agency projects), ground-based observations, and development of instruments as well as miniaturized payloads and sub-payloads for rockets and satellites. The modeling of plasma instabilities and turbulence is carried out with fluid as well as particle-in-cell numerical codes. For more information on the 4DSpace initiative, see

The particular project of this position announcement is concerned with developing application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) with the aim of fully integrating the electronics that controls sub-probes of sounding rockets that are released into the ionosphere while the rocket is in flight in a System-on-Chip (SoC). Thus miniaturized, a rocket can carry and eject a small swarm of these probes and gather data in a volume around the rocket. The electronics of such probes comprise various sensor interfaces (controlling sensor power and biasing, amplification and analog to digital conversion (ADC)), on-board data processing (e.g. synthesizing a small micro-controller), wireless communication with the sounding rocket, etc. Particular challenges for the ASIC design will be radiation hardness, a large range of operation temperature, and low power. For this position the emphasis will be on the CMOS integrated sensor interface for a range of sensors, such as Langmuir probes (measuring electron/ion density), and electric field sensors.

The candidate will work closely together with experts from all of the involved departments and is expected to be able to acquire the necessary crossdisciplinary knowledge for the project.

Non-integrated solutions with discrete electronic components have already been developed and will serve as a starting point for the project. Rocket launches are scheduled for summer 2016 and tentatively early 2017 and late 2018.

Requirements and qualifications

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in microelectronics or similar subjects with experience in ASIC design in CMOS technology. Prior experience with sensor interfaces in particular, but also radiation hard design, wireless communication, low power design, layout synthesis and other relevant areas for the specific project context will be an advantage. If you will finish your PhD degree before March 30th 2016 you are also allowed to apply. Add the transcripts of the status of your studies now and you will be asked to supply your final degree's documentation later.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:

A good command of English is required and non-native speakers need to document their proficiency:


Pay grade: 60 - 65 (NOK 510 100 - 560 700 per year)

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Summary of academic specialization and statement of research interests (at most 1 page)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to five papers or other relevant academic works that the applicant would like to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications with documents missing will not be considered further.

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

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