Post-Doctoral / Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher (DPD Systems) - Department of Electronic Engineering

Maynooth (IE)
06 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
06 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a 2-year Post-Doctoral research position in the field of predistortion for high efficiency power amplifiers for 5G and mmWave systems in the Department of Electronic Engineering, Maynooth University. Digital predistortion techniques are widely used and we are interested in applying those techniques to advanced power amplifier architectures such as Doherty and out-phasing amplifiers. We are particularly interested in applicants who are interested in the challenge of linearising power amplifiers working in the mmWave frequency ranges (14-86 GHz). We are interested in candidates with expertise in digital, linear or hybrid strategies for these power amplifiers.

The successful applicant will be joining the research group led by Prof. Ronan Farrell and Dr. John Dooley. The work will be undertaken in the context of the SFI CONNECT Centre for the Internet of Things and the successful applicant will need to play a key role in the development of relationships with our industrial partners as well as help drive the research agenda.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the activities of the research institute, help set and deliver on a research agenda, support collaboration on our projects and mentor and assist the research projects of students where possible.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in the design of linearization techniques for high performance 4G and 5G power amplifiers for infrastructure applications (1 to 20 Watts). The candidate should be able to explore new methodologies and have the experimental skills to validate those methodologies in our RF laboratories. The candidate should be capable of independent research with a structured approach to reporting and achieving goals. The candidate will be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate researchers, particularly to newly recruited PhD students. The group has a strong experimental background, so the ideal candidate should be able contribute with their technical skills in the design, execute and analysis of experiments.

Applicants would benefit from having obtained a PhD in a relevant discipline, however relevant industrial experience is both an acceptable alternative and highly desirable.

Essential Skills:

  • Experience with system level design, including signal and noise budgeting;
  • Experience in the area of modern power amplifier design and linearization strategies (analog and digital approaches)
  • Strong experimental skills, particularly in taking high frequency measurements with equipment such as VNAs and spectrum analyzers.
  • Excellent communication skills and fluent in English.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience of ADS or equivalent RF modelling software;
  • Experience of Labview.