Job offer in Ireland mmWave Filter and Radio System Design for 5G at Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Maynooth – Electronic Engineering

Maynooth University as a partner in the SFI CONNECT Centre for the Internet of Things is offering a 3‑Year PhD scholarship in the area of RF frontend design for high performance 5G radio systems. The SFI CONNECT Centre is Ireland’s national research centre for Future Networks and Communications and is a close collaboration between ten Irish academic institutions and over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. Maynooth University is leading a key research theme in the area of next generation high performance communication links for 5G and the Internet of Things.

The frequency bands above 10 GHz have been proposed as means of providing very high data rates to users in small cells – with particular interest in use cases 14, 30 and 77 GHz. In this project, we will be looking at some of the challenges of designing higher performance, higher power systems for the infrastructure to support widespread use of these bands. These topics include high-power amplifier nonlinearity, crosstalk, leaky passive filters, antenna coupling, low noise amplifier (LNA) saturation,  to name just a few. Our research is to look at improvements in RF design close to the antenna particularly filters, antennas and PAs, and to evaluate techniques where digital signal processing can be used to enhance RF performance and remain at a reasonable cost. Some of this work will be implemented in partnership with industry-leading companies and the opportunity for internships may be available.

Interested candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or a cognate discipline. The ideal candidate should be interested in radio and wireless telecommunications. They should have had some prior undergraduate experience in RF design, wireless systems and analog electronics. Applicants who hold research masters or work experience in a relevant area are particularly welcomed. This work is inherently multidisciplinary and the successful applicant will need to collaborate with computer scientists, engineers and with industry.

The expected start time for research postgraduates is in September 2017. We will consider candidates who are available later than this, but no later than starting in January 2018. If an applicant expects to be a late start, please state this clearly in your cover letter.

The standard scholarship is €18,500 per annum and all fees are included.

Applicants should email a detailed CV and a cover letter clearly stating the position you are applying for, and why you wish to undertake a research degree. Please include two references or referees. Please include MMWAVE in the subject of your email. Applicants from outside of the EU are welcome to apply for all positions, however please state clearly your visa requirements in your initial emails. Please clearly state your citizenship in your application.

For all queries please email: Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Applicants will only be contacted if selected for interview.

This research is conducted with the financial support of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under Grant Number 13/RC/2077 and has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the SFI Research Centres Programme.

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