PhD scholar within the discipline of antenna programs for wi-fi communication at NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

The B-CRATOS FET Open project aims to bring together novel wireless communication, neuroscience, bionics, artificial intelligence and sensor technology to create, for the first time, a battery-free wireless high-speed communication platform in the body for connectivity between the brain, machine and body. Groundbreaking technological components such as the wireless two-way microwave intra-body and batteryless RF backscatter communication, the wireless power supply technology, the bio-inspired sensors, the clever biomechatronic extremity are provided with a code and a revolutionary proof-of-concept interface between Brain and machine is created.

This technology will have profound effects on neuroprosthetics (restoring missing biological functions such as seeing, hearing, moving, sensing, recognizing by bypassing damaged circuits) and brain-computer interfaces (plasticity of the brain through machine learning, gaming, virtual reality) and Elektrozeutika (modulation of organ function by neural circuitry instead of pharmaceuticals), games (immersion) and virtual reality.

B-CRATOS will address major challenges in terms of power consumption, batteries and data transmission bandwidth through the breakthrough battery-free bidirectional wireless communication technology.

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

The PhD project aims to design and demonstrate wireless, battery-less, high-speed channel brain implant two-way communication, two-way stimulation / recording performance of the implants, and provide sufficient wireless energy transmission to record and stimulate the brain.

You report to the head of department.

Duties of the position

  • The PhD student is responsible for developing a design, a prototype and an experimental validation of the backscatter communication and energy transmission system in collaboration with the B-CRATOS project team.
  • The candidate is expected to be responsible for reporting the relevant research results to the project consortium, attending the project meetings, completing the PhD assignments, results and milestones according to the PhD research plan, and publishing the results in an peer-reviewed scientific article Magazines and conferences.

Required selection criteria

The main objective of the PhD position is to qualify for work in research positions. The prerequisite for qualification is that you have completed a master’s or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in MSc in Electrical Engineering with a focus on antenna design and simulation, antennas for implant devices for communication and wireless power transmission applications, design and simulation of wireless communication systems, RFID techniques, design and simulations of electronic circuits.

Good knowledge of circuit board design, manufacture, integration and assemblies are also required. Knowledge of programming microcontrollers, RFID chipsets, MATLAB and C ++ are also seen as an advantage.

The PhD student will work with a postdoc to advance the technical work of the project and examine the challenges related to antennas, wave propagation and simulations in CST MWS or HFSS.

The applicant should have a grade of B or better on the NTNU rating scale. If you don’t have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic background. If you are unable to meet these criteria, you may only be considered if you can show that you are particularly suitable for an education leading to a doctorate.

The appointment is made in accordance with the applicable regulations for civil servants and civil servants, as well as the national guidelines for appointment as doctoral candidate, post doctorate and research assistant.

Preferred selection criteria

Applicants who do not speak any Scandinavian language must demonstrate good written and spoken English. The following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate in English Proficiency (CPE). The minimum number of points is:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section below 5.5 (only academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE / CPE: Class B or A.

personal qualities

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

Doctoral students are paid in code 1017 and are usually paid gross of NOK 482,200 per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 2% is deducted from the salary as a contribution to the Norwegian pension fund.

The employment period is 4 years with 25% official work or 3 years without official work.

To be appointed to a PhD position, you must be admitted to the electronics and telecommunications PhD program within three months of employment and be participating in an organized PhD program during the period of employment.

The contract is to be placed in accordance with the applicable regulations for civil servants and civil servants as well as the legislation governing the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technology. Candidates who, after reviewing the application and the seizure, contradict the criteria of the latter law will be prohibited from being hired by NTNU. After the appointment, you have to assume that there may be changes in the work area.

This is a prerequisite for being able to be present and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and the supporting documents, which are to serve as the basis for the assessment, must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications will only be evaluated on the basis of the information available at the application deadline. You should make sure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria above.

The application must contain the following:

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

Joint work will be taken into account. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to collaborative work, include a brief description of your participation.

In assessing which candidate is best qualified, emphasis is placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to meeting the research quality assessment criteria set out in 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 gender, function, 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 health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day care centers are readily available. In addition, Trondheim has great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life, and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an NTNU employee, you must at all times adhere to the changes that evolve in the field and the organizational changes that will be adopted.

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

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Ilangko Balasingham, email:; Dr. Ali Khaleghi, email:

If you have any questions about the hiring process, please contact Signe Johanne Talukder, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your curriculum vitae, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. A Diploma Supplement is required for European Masters degrees outside of Norway. Chinese applicants must provide confirmation of the China Credentials Verification (CHSI) Master’s degree.

If you are invited for an interview, you must enclose certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. When applying, please refer to application number 2021/16435.

Application deadline: May 15, 2021

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Electronic Systems Department

The digitization of Norway is not possible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field and contribute with our expertise in areas from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowing about electronic systems is also critical to addressing major transportation, energy, environmental, and health challenges. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline May 15, 2021
employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
local community Trondheim
scope Full time
Duration Temporary
Place of employment Gløshaugen campus

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