We offer a PhD position where you will be exposed to the state of the art in
millimeter-wave antennas and electronics, have the opportunity to contribute
to large international projects, as well as projects with Swedish industry.
This position is a great opportunity for you to learn both the scientific
knowledge and practical skills in key enabling technologies of digital
transformation - an area of great importance for industry and society.
Information about the research
The exploration of millimeter (radio) waves is expected to play a
key role in the next-generation wireless applications and the digital
transformation of society in general. New advanced applications will include
immersive communication, holographic telepresence and augmented reality /
virtual reality, personalized medicine, autonomous driving, environment
surveillance, etc. The ultimate goal is an open wireless connectivity and
service platform that can support digital inclusiveness and accessibility
worldwide and be evolved with reduced energy consumption and lower ecological
This PhD project is among several research projects of the continuation
competence centers ChaseOn and GHz that are hosted by the Department of
Electrical Engineering (E2) and the Department of Microtechnology and
Nanoscience (MC2). These centers represent today's largest academic-
industrial consortium in Sweden and one of the largest consortia in Europe in
the field of antenna, microwave, and THz technologies. Industrial partners of
this project are Ericsson, SAAB, Kongsberg, UMS and Gapwaves.
The PhD position is placed at the Antenna Group, part of the Department of
Electrical Engineering (E2) at Chalmers. The Antenna Group is well known in
Sweden and internationally for its scientific contributions to antenna systems
for telecommunications, radars, satellites, astronomy and space sciences, as
well as disruptive antenna technologies which we have developed for new
applications, such as the fifth/sixth generation of cellular networks
(5G/6G), having resulted in successful spin-off companies Gapwaves and
Bluetest. To enhance the common knowledge and innovations, we explore various
ways of multi-disciplinary collaboration and direct interaction with
industries, including joint research projects, joint PhD supervision, and
training networks. In particular, we offer international PhD courses where we
extend the fundamentals in antennas to the cross-disciplinary fields, covering
electronic devices, integrated circuits, signal processing, and digital
communication. We also offer training and access to a new world-class
experimental infrastructure, the Millimeter wave -THz antenna chamber, at
Chalmers, and the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing. Furthermore,
we stimulate commercial exploitation of the results developed in research
projects through collaborations with the participating industries and offer
support of Chalmers innovation office for spin-off/start-up activities. At
present, the Antenna Group has about 20 members from all over the world. The
research and learning environment is international and English is the working
language. A vast majority of our graduates successfully continue their
professional careers in Swedish industry.
In this PhD project, you will perform cutting-edge research on millimeter-
wave phased-array antennas with co-integrated electronic circuits for wireless
communication and sensing systems, such as “advanced” 5G and 6G, massive
multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, automotive radars, and
environment surveillance systems.
The focus of the PhD project is millimeter-wave antenna integration methods
for efficient coupling of electromagnetic energy between free space and the
sensors/transmitters which are embedded in compact and multi-functional
systems on-chip, in-package, or in heterogeneously-integrated modules. A
particular research challenge is a joint electromagnetic-circuits modelling
approach that is needed for the accurate analysis of such antenna systems with
a large number of tightly integrated active antenna elements. Another
challenge is realization of distributed spatio-temporal frequency filtering
properties in the array antenna system to cope with interference between
different sensors/transmitters. Your research will include fundamental
theoretical studies, numerical simulations, and experimental validation of the
proposed antenna-circuit synthesis techniques and integration methods. You are
expected to publish papers of high quality and collaborate with other PhD
students and senior researchers in the multi-disciplinary team, covering
expertise in antennas, electromagnetics, electronics, and mechanics. In
particular, you will closely collaborate with another PhD student at MC2,
approaching the related challenges from the side of electronics with the
complementary research on the active device characterization, thermal
management and cooling concepts.
The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level
or performing other duties corresponding to 10 percent of working hours.
To qualify as a PhD student, you must have, or expect to receive soon, a
master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits
in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Technical Physics or similar.
Knowledge of electromagnetic fields, microwave and antenna engineering is
required. You also need to enjoy working in a team and have the ability to
present scientific results in English, both in writing and orally.
Advantageous merits: previous design experience in the area of microwave and
antenna engineering, previous teaching experience, programming skills (Matlab
and Python) and knowledge of mathematical analysis.
Full-time temporary employment. PhD students in Sweden have status of
employees and have salary, while at the same time have the benefits of
students such as reduced transportation costs, subsidized housing etc. The
duration of the PhD student contract is full-time four years, plus `X', where
`X' is typically 5-6 months, depending on the departmental duties and
We offer Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the
coastal city of Gothenburg.
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.
We encourage personal health and well-being by organizing
group/division/department social events, providing annual wellness allowance
to employees, and offering support from the international staff mobility
office to newcomers from abroad, including help with the search for affordable
If Swedish is not your native language and you are interested in learning it,
Chalmers offers Swedish courses that are free for PhD students. Although the
knowledge of Swedish is not mandatory for teaching and research, many PhD
students decide to follow these courses.
Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with
equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for
excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all
activities at Chalmers.
The application should be marked with Ref 20220030 and written in English. The
application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as
CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and
positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.
Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family
name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g.
education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus
• Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other
certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.
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Application deadline: 6 March 2022.
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Professor Marianna Ivashina, Electrical engineering,
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