PhD Candidate Fellow Position in Analog Integrated Circuit Design

Trondheim, Norway
08 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS) for health care, maritime, and oil & gas applications seeks an outstanding and creative PhD Candidate. The PhD position is for up to 4 years with 25% work duties at IES and 75% to be devoted to research and research training.

CIUS is a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) (, appointed by the Norwegian Research Council where industry, healthcare providers, independent research organizations and academia will collaborate to develop next generations’ ultrasound solutions. Industrial partners include GE Vingmed Ultrasound, Kongsberg Maritime, Statoil, Archer - BTC (Bergen Technology Centre), Medistim, Aurotech Ultrasound, Phoenix Solutions, X-FAB, Sensorlink, Halfwave, and InPhase Solutions. Research partners include SINTEF, St. Olavs University Hospital, Central Norway Regional Health Authority (HMN - [Helse Midt-Norge]), the Nord-Trøndelag Hospital Trust (including Levanger Hospital), and Levanger and Verdal municipalities.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Job description

The available research position is related to the development of next-generation front-end ultrasound imaging electronics. Focus will be on low-noise, high-energy efficiency CMUT (capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducer) interface circuitry including modelling and implementation of efficient transmit and receive architectures for CMUT's. The designs will be taped-out in nanoscale CMOS technologies including advanced fully-depleted Silicon on Insulator (FDSOI) processes. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of people from different engineering fields, and in close collaboration with clinical and industry partners.

Research projects are available in both medical and industrial applications of ultrasound imaging.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. We seek highly motivated individuals holding a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in analog integrated circuit design or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant.

The candidate is expected to have good knowledge and experience in the design of analog integrated circuits. Candidates with prior knowledge and experience in ultrasound technology will be preferred.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test.

There will be a strong emphasis on the academic quality of the applicants. 

Candidates that are finishing their degree in 2019 are also welcome to apply.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate is expected to work independently but need excellent interpersonal skills to work successfully in interdisciplinary research teams.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with 25% required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU. 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. If necessary, we will adapt the workplace for people with disabilities. Increasing the number of women in academic positions is an important priority for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

 Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS) requires ITAR assessment. Export control will be performed as part of the qualification process.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Trond Ytterdal, e-mail:

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2018/5348 when applying.

Application deadline: 25.03.2019

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Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 25.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 159701

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