Postdoctor in Intra-Body Sensor Communications

Gløshaugen, Norway
05 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Electronic Systems

This fellowship is partly funded by the ongoing research project “Wireless In-body Sensor and Actuator Networks” awarded by the Research Council of Norway.

The Postdoc position is for maximum 2 years.

The position reports to Ilangko Balasingham and Snorre Aunet.

Job description

The goal of this project is to develop mixed-signal (analog / digital) scalable architectures for leadless pacemakers relying on multiple implants in the heart. Electrical activity in the heart should be measured and communicated wirelessly between implanted nodes as well as with off-body communications.

The primary objective are:

  1. explore possibilities of implementing different functionalities for future, um scale leadless pacemakers. Such functionalities are sensors and their interfaces, signal processing circuitry, energy harvesters, actuators and wireless communication. This will include finding constraints with respect to for example space, power- and energy requirements.
  2. Develop CMOS circuits based on measurements of heart activity such as digital signal processing circuitry and memory will be developed. Electronics controlling the pacing of the heart are also included in ciruitry that should be concidered. Core functionalities should be demonstrated and implemented in full custom integrated circuit designs. Its preferable to demonstrate functionality from laboratory measurements on prototyped ASICs.

Postdoc: Implantable nanoelectronics for leadless pacemakers.
The research project aims at developing micro/nanoscale electronics for leadless pacemakers that fit into an extremely small physically sized device, having sides in the range of of micro meters. Average power-consumption for the implants is likely to be in the nW range.

Prerequisites: PhD in electrical engineering with experience in full custom mixed signal integrated circuit design. This should include all stages of design, from specifications via simulations, chip layout, prototyping and test.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for further work in academic positions. Completed doctoral degree in electrical engineering, is a requirement for this position. This should include all stages of design, from specifications via simulations, chip layout, prototyping and test. Corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. 

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good written and spoken English language skills. The following tests can be used as documentation:

TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Other qualifications:

  • Theoretical and practical experience in analog integrated circuit design, including statistical simulations and chip layout.
  • Knowledge and experience in digital design in abstraction levels of the design hierarchy from transistor-level and up to high level design    using  HDLs.
  • Practical experience in engineering matter from design, development, and measurements. Hands-on integrated circuits and prototype design in nanoscale technologies.
  • Experience in using IC design tools from Cadence, or similar vendors. This should experience in the design of circuit building blocks on the transistor level, simulation and layout.
  • Programming skills.

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication skills
  • Good collaborative skills in cross-diciplinary groups
  • Self-motivation, initiative, and independent thought/working

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

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentlighetsloven), 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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Ilangko Balasingham, e-mail: or Professor Snorre Aunet, 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.

The application must contain information of educational background and prior training, exams, and work experience. In addition, we ask the applicant to submit a research statement (max 3 pages), detailing research interests and initial plans with regard to the Postdoc project descriptions above. The statement should also describe why the applicant is suited for the position, and how the project relates to previous education, research and competence. Publications and other work that the applicant wishes to be taken into account must be enclosed (including a brief description of the contribution if not obvious). Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Please include names and contact information for 3 references.

Starting date no later than July 1, 2019

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 2018/45864 when applying.

Application deadline: 24.03.2019

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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 24.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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