The Adaptive Micronano wave systems group of EPFL, Switzerland has a vacant PhD position in wave antennas for the academic year 2011. The group for Adaptive MicroNano Wave Systems was created thanks to the Professorship program from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and is associated with the Laboratory of Electromagnetics and Acoustics (LEMA) and the Nanoelectronic Devices Group (Nanolab) at EPFL.

Thesis Title: Reconfigurable millimeter wave antennas based on micro‐fabricated actuators

Description of the PhD Position

This project, funded by European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), concerns the design of dynamically reconfigurable millimeter wave devices and antennas, which is becoming a prime need in space-related applications. The different technologies that can be used to implement a given electromagnetic reconfiguration concept (e.g. semiconductors, RF-MEMS, liquid crystals, etc) come with different advantages and disadvantages, but always present significant –and often prohibitive–loss and complexity due the implementation of reconfiguration capabilities in the device, which will constitute a major limitation to the future deployment of reconfigurable systems in space. In this context, we propose to conduct a PhD thesis related to the analysis, design, and implementation of mechanically-reconfigurable millimeter wave devices using microfabricated actuators. This PhD thesis work will comprise both theoretical microwave/antennas and more practical issues related to the implementation and measurement of the designed devices.

Candidate Requirements

The position is open to outstanding candidates with a background in antennas and/or microwave (knowledge in microfabrication is also welcomed but secondary). European citizenship (not necessarily from an ESA member state) or from an ESA associated country (e.g. Canada) is required by the funding program. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent infrastructure and a dynamic working environment.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are encouraged to send as soon as possible a complete CV, including grades and references, and a motivation letter to Prof. Perruisseau-Carrier ( Upon a first positive feedback candidates should apply to the EPFL Microsystems and Microelectronics (EDMI) doctoral school, where they must be accepted to be subsequently hired for the project.

Please note, application deadline to the PhD Position in Wave Antennas, EPFL, Switzerland is 15 September, 2011.

Please mention on your application while applying for this scholarship.

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