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Postdoc - Integrated Circuits - Designed by the Public

Postdoc - Integrated Circuits - Designed by the Public

Position
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department(s)
Electrical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
10/02/2022
Reference number
V36.5435

Job description

Are you eager to stimulate the general public to design an integrated circuit?  This is a unique opportunity in which we would like to use a “citizen science” approach to increase the visibility of the electronics field within society.  In this approach, we want to give the general public the opportunity to design an IC themselves, after which we take care of the prototype fabrication and characterization of the (e.g. 100) most interesting circuits. We want to use the results of this approach to generate an open access collection of design and characterization data that can be used to train machine learning algorithms for designing electronic circuits. Other researchers and organizations will not only be able to use this collection, but will also be invited to expand on it.

This position you will combine your passion for circuit design with your entrepreneurial spirit.  Along with your highly developed organizational skills, you will interface with the press and other social media channels to promote this initiative.  The vacancy is part of the research program in the “Integrated Circuits (IC)” group in the field of design methods for (high-frequency and mixed-signal) electronics for, among other things, future wireless systems.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is an internationally oriented research university, specialized in engineering, science and technology.  TU/e is known for its major scientific impact and development of technological innovations. Our university is at the heart of society: TU/e focuses on complex societal challenges by specifically targeting three Strategic Areas with education and research: Energy, Health, and Smart Mobility.

The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) is one of the most successful departments in the Netherlands in the field of research in collaboration with industry. The department currently has approximately 1200 Bachelor and Master students and more than 300 PhD students.

Responsibilities

You are responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of the “visibility” project:

  • Determining the details and boundary conditions for the “citizen science” challenge;
  • Designing and building the infrastructure (databases, measurement setups) for the evaluation, selection and characterization of the submitted designs, in close collaboration with the staff of the IC group;
  • The invitation to the public, in close collaboration with the university's communications department;
  • Collecting, evaluating and selecting the most suitable designs for prototype fabrication, in close collaboration with IC group staff members;
  • Announcing the selected designers and designs;
  • (Automatic) characterization of the realized prototypes;
  • Publishing the design and characterization databases.

Job requirements

In this postdoc position you will be the key scientist in the "Visibility" project in which we want to use a "citizen science" approach to increase the visibility of the electronics field within society.

  • A PhD degree in Electrical Engineering;
  • Experience and interest in RF and mixed-signal circuit design;
  • Experience in setting up a lab;
  • Affinity with machine learning methods;
  • Strong communication skills – you will interface with the outside world (e.g. press, social media);
  • Excellent mastering of the English language (both written and verbal), Dutch is a plus.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university.
  • A full-time employment for two years, preferably starting as soon as possible.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross salary between € 2846,-  and € 4490,- per month is offered, depending on knowledge and experience (based on salary scale 10 of CAO Dutch Universities).
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the ‘30% facility’, which reduces your tax liability for a period of 5 years.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, excellent on-campus children day care, and sports facilities.

Information and application

For more information about the content of the position, please contact prof.dr.ir. Peter Baltus, email p.g.m.baltus[at]tue.nl.

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact Mrs. Linda van den Boomen, HR advisor, email l.j.c.v.d.boomen[at]tue.nl.

Application

If interested, please use 'Apply now'-button on this page. You should upload the following:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including English proficiency level, nationality, VISA requirements, date of birth as well as programming skills, experience overview, publication list (if any), and key achievements in research project(s));
  • contact information of two academic references;
  • copies of diplomas with course grades.

Candidates will be selected based on graduation mark and proficiency at university including consideration of the reputation of the university, relevant experience and skills, writing skills and publications, work experience as well as performance in interviews.

Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary please combine files.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.