PhD Students or Post-Doc in Analog and RF IC Design for Application in IoT


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The “Integrated and Wireless Systems” Business Unit, based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland is looking for 

PhD Students or Post-Doc in Analog and RF IC Design for Application in IoT in the Following Topics:

  • Analog IC design for high-accuracy, low-power clock generation and multiplication
  • Ultra-low-power radios for miniature Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) - Smart Dust
  • Analog IC design for nano electro-mechanical/chemical sensing devices

Your mission

Join our innovative team of IC designers in the role of a PhD or Post-doc position in Analog and RF IC Design for IoT. Collaborate with leading universities such as EPFL or ETH Zurich in the context of the Swisschips initiative to pioneer cutting-edge technologies that will shape the future of the Internet of Things. Contribute to our group's overarching goal of transferring these transformative technologies to industry partners while pushing the boundaries of innovation and state-of-the-art analog and RF IC design. 


The SwissChips initiative, launched by CSEM, EPFL, and ETH Zurich, offers an exceptional opportunity for PhD and PostDoc researchers to contribute to Switzerland's leading-edge in semiconductor research.This program focuses on innovative IC design across several domains such as SoCs for Autonomous IoT Devices, 6G Communications, and Space Electronics, among others. By fostering a robust ecosystem for semiconductor, microelectronics, and IC design, and developing strong synergies among research institutions, SwissChips will provide access to cutting-edge technologies for Swiss academic institutions. This effort, running from 2024 to 2026, is designed to position Switzerland at the forefront of the semiconductor industry's evolution, ensuring broad access to the developed infrastructure and technologies for scientific advancement across all domains.

Your responsibilities

  • Thesis Development: collaborate closely with a partnering university to define and develop a cutting-edge thesis focused on one of the above themes.
  • Innovation and Research: conduct in-depth research to advance the state-of-the-art in analog and RF CMOS IC design, exploring novel approaches and solutions.
  • Industry Technology Transfer: Work on projects with the primary goal of transferring developed technologies and innovations to the industry, bridging the gap between academia and practical applications.
  • Continuous Learning: stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in ultra low-power IC design for IoT, attending relevant conferences, workshops, and seminars to enhance knowledge and skills in the field.
  • Publication: disseminate research findings by publishing in top-tier academic journals and presenting work at prestigious conferences, contributing to the field's knowledge and recognition.


Your profile


  • MSc degree in EE (electronics, microelectronics): possess a foundational understanding of IC design and RF principles, with the potential to learn and apply these concepts effectively.
  • Simulation Tools: Experience with IC design simulation tools, showcasing an ability to work with relevant software for design and analysis.
  • Research Aptitude: demonstrated research experience through coursework or prior projects and show eagerness to engage in research activities and a willingness to learn and contribute to ongoing projects.
  • Programming Skills: basic proficiency in programming languages like Python or MATLAB for basic data analysis and simulations.
  • Academic Excellence: strong academic record, with a history of outstanding performance in relevant coursework.

Interpersonal skills

  • An innate curiosity and eagerness to explore, learn, and discover
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new challenges and technologies in the dynamic field of RF IC design
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team, collaborating with both experienced and young IC designers.
  • Fluency in English with excellent knowledge of French, while German also being valued

CSEM mission and values

Our mission is the development and transfer of innovative technologies to the Swiss industry. Our objective is to make an impact on our customers and on society at large in the fields of precision manufacturing, digital technologies and sustainable energy. Our strength is the excellence of our people, about 550 passionate specialists dedicated to innovation and technology transfer. We believe that strong values support the successful development of our organization as well as the harmonious and balanced development of all our employees.

We are

  • A unique place between research and industry at the cutting edge of new technologies
  • An innovative, non-profit, and employee-driven company
  • A dynamic, multidisciplinary, and multicultural environment
  • A solar team focused on enabling solutions to energy challenges for a sustainable world

Working@CSEM means

  • being part of a passionate community
  • incredible flexibility, attractive working conditions, and great opportunities of development
  • benefit from a management style based on trust & feedback and that favors a work-life balance

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity.

We look forward to receiving your complete application file via (CV, cover letter, certificates & diplomas) our job page.

Preference will be given to professionals applying directly.