Ref.: Tecnun

Deadline: 30/04/19 (included)

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PhD position on “Design and optimization of a UHF RFID temperature sensor for IoT applications”

RFID sensors are becoming more and more popular in IoT applications in which low-cost and long-range small sensors are desired. Tecnun has been working in the design of analog RFID front-ends for sensing applications for more that 10 years and currently we are looking for a PhD student to make our analog ASIC design team grow.

Specifically, at this moment we are planning a new evolution for our tags, in the context of a publicly funded 3-year project in collaboration with Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In this project we will focus on the following aspects:

• Adapt our tags for automatic testing and characterization of the device.
• Integration of UHF and LF RFID transducer in a single chip.
• Reduction of PVT variation effect in the system reference modules: Bandgap reference and current source.
• Development of a low-power and low-voltage configurable CMOS temperature sensor.
• Migration and optimization of the current designs to a new CMOS fabrication technologies compatible with microcontroller IPs.

The Phd student be focused on the last two objectives of the project but will be involved all the aspects of the design process in close collaboration with the design and team and the project partners being possible a research stay in Canarias.

We offer a challenging project in the dynamic environment of the University of Navarra, one of the best Spanish universities according to QS ranking ( The research will be performed in the Engineering Campus, named Tecnun, located in San Sebastian. The PhD advisors will be Dr. Andoni Beriain and Dr. Roc Berenguer, both Telecommunication Engineers with a solid background in the design and implementation of adhoc communication circuits and ASIC designs, especially in the passive RFID sensor field.

By doing your PhD with us:

• You will complete your formation in an applied research project with great potential in collaboration with reference companies and research centers.
• You will acquire skills in ASIC design which are really demanded in the job market.
• You will publish you research results in international journals and conferences.
• You will obtain a PhD in a top-class university.
• You will live in San Sebastian, a top European touristic location famous for having one of the best beaches in the world and an outstanding gastronomy.


Telecommunications Engineering or Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering.

Degree completed by: 2014 or after (excluding the final project).
Languages: Good knowledge of English.

Software: EDA tools.

• A candidate used to the specification driven problem solving, ready to apply those methodologies in the design phases of the project.
• A solid knowledge in electronic design is required: The candidate must be familiar with electronic elements such as current sources, amplifiers, ADCs, voltage references…
• Experience in Cadence IC design flow is required.
• Basic knowledge of data transmission/reception is desired: The candidate should be familiar with concepts as SNR, BER, attenuation, Transmitted power, magnetic coupling…


2 year Fellowship with Social Security + contract for the third year.
15.050.- (euros per year).

Training: The candidate will receive training in analog ASIC design using EDA tools.


Please submit the following documents via email:

  • Cover letter.
  • Current curriculum vitae with photograph.
  • Academic transcript, which should include grade point average.


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