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The Barkhausen Institute performs research on the latest hardware, software and communication technologies and demonstrates their application in tomorrow's society. Our goal is to build a flexible and trustworthy IoT platform based on reliable electronics and secure communication methods.

The RF Design Enablement group researches and develops dependable IoT systems with focus on three key research topics such as joint radar-communication system, antenna-system design with meta-surface and physical layer security. We focus our research on designing building blocks, while identifying critical hardware parameters for next-generation hardware systems and applications. To help pursue our research agenda, we are looking for a

Research Associate - RF Circuits & Systems (m/f/d)


Your responsibilities will include

  • Comparison and optimization of hardware system architectures for Joint (integrated) communication and sensing applications
  • Complete transceiver chain simulations for different use-cases and validation of specific use-cases in Lab environment with mmWave equipments
  • Design and implement specific analog/RF transceiver blocks for the above applications at state-of-the-art IC processes (e.g. 22nm FDSOI)

We expect the following

  • Above-average Diploma/MSc or PhD (preferred) degrees in areas related to our research focus (Electrical/Computer Engineering) from renowned universities
  • Good communication and writing skills in English
  • An integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills
  • Technical knowledge about how RF/analog circuits and components work
  • Prior experience with electrical-design-automation (EDA) tools (e.g. Cadence)
  • Basic knowledge of wireless communications theory
  • Preferably with prior IC design and tapeout experience

What we provide

  • An open and creative team of enthusiastic scientists
  • Agile working hours and workflows
  • Cross-disciplinary projects
  • Work on future technologies
  • Flat hierarchies for your ideas and flexible teams

If you have passion for new technologies and the desire to develop the connected world of tomorrow with us, we are looking for you.

Life and science are compatible at our institute. We offer a range of recognized family-friendly measures, such as part-time work, mobile working and flexible working hours that take family needs into account. 

Application Procedure

Your application should include: motivation letter, CV, copy of university degree certificate, short summary of Master/PhD thesis. Applications from women are particularly welcome. Complete applications should be submitted by e-mail as a single PDF document to careers@barkhauseninstitut.org. Please reference RFCS-2021 in the subject line. Informal inquiries can also be submitted to the same address.

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