Vacancy for PhD student in the Integrated Circuits (IC) group, dept. EE (V36.3753)

Vacancy for PhD student in the Integrated Circuits (IC) group, dept. EE

Faculteit Electrical Engineering


Vacancy for PhD student in the Integrated Circuits (IC) group, dept. EE

Millimeter-wave front-end circuits for 79-81 GHz automotive radar

Work environment
Eindhoven University of Technology ( is one of Europe’s top technological universities, situated at the heart of a most innovative high-tech region. Thanks to a wealth of collaborations with industry and academic institutes, TU/e’s research has real-world impact. In 2018, TU/e was ranked 1st in the CWTS Leiden ranking on collaboration with industry and 99th in the QS ranking. TU/e has around 3,000 employees and 2,300 PhD students (half of which international, representing about 70 nationalities).

Within the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department, the Integrated Circuits (IC) group focuses on analog and mixed-signal circuit design for front ends, including (sub-) millimetre wave circuits as well as AD and DA conversion for communication and sensing. The EE department strives for societal relevance through an emphasis on the fields of smart sustainable systems, the connected world, and care and cure.

Project description

The PhD position is part of the project “Smart Mobility”. This project is embedded into the Eindhoven Engine and is in cooperation with NXP.

In the “Smart Mobility” project we work on IC design of innovative automotive radar systems. Automotive radar is an enabler of fully autonomous driving with large societal impact for reduction of accidents, vehicle emissions and energy savings. Although today’s radars offer high levels of distance and speed resolution, level 4-5 of autonomous driving will require an even further step in localization performance, angular resolution in azimuth and elevation, ability for object classification, and inherent detection reliability against interference from radars of multiple road users.


In this PhD project you will

  • Research and compare different millimeter-wave front-end architectures suitable for novel digital modulation schemes for advanced car-radar receivers.
  • Research, implement, measure and evaluate prototype chips of critical blocks in advanced nm CMOS enhanced for demanding automotive applications.
  • Implement demonstrators in collaboration with our industrial partner.
  • Cooperate with the project team at the interface to the A/D converter and the digital part of the system.
  • Publish your work in top conferences and journals in the field of electronics and radar.
  • Report regularly about your work in project team meetings at the university and at NXP.


We encourage applications of candidates that recognize themselves to a significant part in the following profile:

  • MSc degree in electrical engineering, telecommunications or applied physics
  • Specialization in millimeter wave / analog IC design
  • Solid knowledge of RF/microwave and millimeter-wave engineering
  • You are familiar with RF transceiver architectures
  • You work independently but have keen interest and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary research environment
  • You are curious to widen your horizon, you are innovative and have a drive for excellence
  • English proficiency (both verbal and written)


We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university through a fixed-term appointment for a period of 4 years. The research in this project must be concluded with the attainment of a Ph.D. degree. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. A salary is offered starting at € 2325.- per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to € 2972.- per month (gross) in the last year. 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.

TU/e also offers you the opportunity for personal development by developing your social and communication skills. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the PROOF program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.

More information on employment conditions can be found here:

Informatie en sollicitatie


•For more information about the project and any informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Marion Matters (m.matters[at]

•For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Mrs. Tanja van Waterschoot, t.a.m.v.waterschoot[at]

•More information on employment conditions can be found at  

•Start date: as soon as possible


If you are interested in this position you can apply by using the 'Apply now'-button'. Please send us:

  • Cover letter, including a personal motivation describing why you want the job, 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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