PDEng Position in Ultra-Low-Power Baseband Processing with Adequate Computing (V36.2618)

PDEng Position in Ultra-Low-Power Baseband Processing with Adequate Computing

Post-master Design Engineer (PDEng trainee)
Department of Electrical Engineering
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Job description

Are you ready for a two-year training program while at the same time receiving a salary? Do you like to work in the world-famous semiconductor company NXP, which has an international, multidisciplinary team of professional experts, for the next two years? Would you like to apply your innovative, creative ideas in VLSI chip development used for next-generation wireless sensor networks and smart phones? Then you should consider starting as a PDEng trainee at Eindhoven University of Technology, TU/e, www.tue.nl, in the Netherlands and gain a head start on your fellow Master students!

Job description Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng)
During the traineeship you follow an individual program, consisting of courses, workshops, assessments, and industrial projects, deepening the theoretical knowledge gained during your university studies. You will apply all knowledge gained in a large-scale in-company multidisciplinary design project. The project for this traineeship is conducted in collaboration between the Electronic Systems group (www.es.ele.tue.nl) in the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e and NXP semiconductors (www.nxp.com). You build up a valuable network in the ICT business community and can count on professional supervision from both the university and NXP. Your individual training scheme is customized to your personal and professional skills, as well as the demands of the industrial project.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, www.tue.nl), founded in 1956, is a world-leading research university specializing in engineering science & technology. The Department of Electrical Engineering is responsible for research and education in Electrical Engineering. The TU/e is the world’s best-performing research university in terms of research cooperation with industry (#1 since 2009).

PDEng position in the QoS-Adequate Baseband Radio Processing (QoS-AB) project
A variety of self-sustaining systems based on intelligent sensor nodes is emerging in different application domains. Smart sensor devices connect to each other and are accessible from anywhere, forming an Internet-of-Things (IoT). The design of robust and energy efficient intelligent sensors is critical for IoT applications. QoS-AB will provide ultra-low-power wireless communication solutions that are configurable for different IoT application domains with different Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements. Ultra-low-power baseband processors for the IEEE 802.15.4 and WiFi standards will be developed with adequate computing paradigms. 

In this project, the Electronic Systems group of Eindhoven University of Technology collaborates with NXP for the chip development. We have one opening for a PDEng position. The PDEng student will participate in both the front-end and back-end design of the chip and system development. The student will be supervised by Prof. dr. Twan Basten, Prof. dr. José Pineda de Gyvez, Dr. Hailong Jiao, and Dr. Majid Nabi Najafabadi.

Electronic Systems group at the TU/e
The Electronic Systems (ES) group (www.es.ele.tue.nl) comprises three full professors, two part-time full professors, two associate professors, six assistant professors, about 40 PhD candidates and postdocs, and several technical and support staff. The group has excellent infrastructure that includes individual computers, servers, state-of-the-art FPGA and GPU farms, sensor- and ad-hoc networking equipment, and a comprehensive range of electronic-design software. The group is member of Europractice and CMP, having access to advanced CMOS technologies down to 28nm. The group is authorized user of ARM DesignStart design suite, and has acquired the ARM Cortex-M0 processor IP from ARM. 

The ES group is world-renowned for its design automation and embedded systems research. It is our ambition to provide a scientific basis for design trajectories of digital electronic circuits, embedded and cyber-physical systems. The ES group excels in the area of digital VLSI circuit and system design. A variety of state-of-the-art chips have been developed by our ES group together with our industrial partners, such as NXP Semiconductors and IMEC-Holst Centre.

Job requirements

We look for excellent candidates who meet the following requirements.

  • A master degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a similar relevant programme.
  • Knowledge of VLSI circuit design and familiarity with state-of-the-art EDA tools for digital circuit design (such as Cadence NCSim, RTL Compiler, and SoC Encounter, or equivalent).
  • Experience with digital communication is considered as a plus.
  • Preferably familiarity with Matlab and script languages (such as Perl or Python).
  • Preferably good programming skills in C.
  • Good communication skills. Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Highly motivated, team player.

You should be eager to demonstrate your research with working prototypes.

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging traineeship at a respected university through a fixed-term appointment for 2 years. During the traineeship you follow an individual program, consisting of courses, workshops, assessments, and industrial projects (in collaboration with NXP, www.nxp.com), deepening the theoretical knowledge gained during your university studies. The traineeship is intended to lead to a PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) degree (see https://www.tue.nl/en/education/tue-graduate-school/pdeng-programs/) in the DEES-ICT program. We offer a salary starting at Euro 1789 per month (gross). Moreover, an 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.

Information and application

For more information about the advertised positions, please contact dr. Hailong Jiao (h.jiao@tue.nl), dr. Majid Nabi Najafabadi (M.Nabi@tue.nl), prof. dr. José Pineda de Gyvez (J.Pineda.de.Gyvez@tue.nl) or prof. dr. Twan Basten (A.A.Basten@tue.nl)

Selection procedure
 If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following (only pdf files are accepted):

  • Cover letter, including availability (starting date), and statement of interests.
  • Curriculum vitae, including full education and employment histories, publication record, proof of proficiency in English, and the names of at least three references that can be contacted.
  • Scans of certificates showing BSc, MSc, and other courses followed, with grades and rankings.
  • Up to two selected publications (e.g. MSc thesis, conference paper) in English of which you are the first or main author.

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