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PhD Research Fellow In “Antenna system for wireless communication and power transfer for brain implants"

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Computer science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/05/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim


About the position

The B-CRATOS FET Open project aims to merge novel wireless communication, neuroscience, bionics, artificial intelligence and sensing to create for the first time a battery-free high-speed wireless in-body communication platform for Brain-Machine-Body connectivity. Groundbreaking technological components such as wireless two-way microwave intra-body and battery-free RF backscatter communication, wireless powering technology, bio-inspired sensing, dexterous biomechatronic extremity will be codesigned and a proof-of-concept, revolutionary untethered brain-machine interface will be created.

This technology will have a profound impact in the fields of neuroprosthetics (restoration of missing biological functions such as vision, audition, movement, sensation, cognition through the bypassing damaged circuits), brain-Computer Interfaces (brain plasticity through machine learning, gaming, virtual reality), and electroceuticals (modulation of organ function through neural circuits instead of pharmaceuticals), gaming (immersion), and virtual reality.

B-CRATOS will overcome the main challenges relating to power consumption, batteries, and data transmission bandwidth through breakthrough battery-free bidirectional wireless communication technology.

PhD: Antenna system for wireless communication and wireless power transfer for brain implants

The PhD project is to design and demonstrate high channel, high-speed, wireless battery-free brain implant two-way communication, two-way stimulation/record performance of the implants and provide sufficient wireless power transfer to record and stimulate the brain.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The PhD candidate is responsible of developing a design, prototype and experimental validation of the backscatter communication and power transfer system in collaboration with the B-CRATOS project team. 
  • It is expected that the candidate is responsible for reporting the relevant research results to the project consortium, attending the project meetings, completing the PhD tasks, deliverables, and milestones according to the PhD research plan, and publishing the results in the peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in MSc in electrical engineering with emphasis on antennas design and simulation, antennas for implant devices for communication and wireless power transfer application, wireless communication system design and simulation, RFID techniques, electronic circuit design and simulations.

Good knowledge in PCB design, manufacturing, integration, assemblies is also the requirements. Also, knowledge in microcontroller programming, RFID chipsets, MATLAB, and C++ are considered as an advantage.

The PhD student will be working with a postdoc to progress the engineering related works of the project, in addition, to investigate the challenges related to antennas, wave propagation and simulations in CST MWS or HFSS.

The applicant should have a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable 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, post doctor and research assistant.


Preferred selection criteria

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.

Personal characteristics

  • Self motivated, independent and team player.
  • Honest and trustable.
  • Social and pleasant to work with.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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% duty work or 3 years without duty work.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Electronics and Telecommunications  within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas (BSc and MSc degree transcripts)
  • Research plan or project proposal (max 3 pages)
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Ilangko Balasingham, email: Ilangko.balasingham@ntnu.no;  Dr. Ali Khaleghi, email: ali.khaleghi@ntnu.no  

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Signe Johanne Talukder, email: signe.talukder@ntnu.no.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/16435 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.05.2021


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