Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Integrated Circut Design, SocHub, SMASH)/ Tutkijatohtori (IC-suunnittelu, SocHub, SMASH)

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The Unit of Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication, Tampere University opens a postdoctoral researcher position in integrated circuit (IC) design for the Academy of Finland funded SMASH project, to conduct research towards wireless transceiver technologies for 5G-Advanced/6G communication systems. The research area covers analog/digital/RF/mixed-signal integrated circuit design and signal processing. The researcher will work in collaboration with the SoC Hub, a strategic ecosystem created by Tampere University together with a consortium of local businesses to boost research and education on system-on-chip (SoC) design. The position will thus give an excellent opportunity to network and collaborate with local industry in addition to providing high-quality training and research support. Tampere is a well-recognized IC design hotspot in Europe and is geared up to grow further in the coming years.

SMASH project

SMASH (Switch-Mode Analog Integrated Circuits for beyond-5G Radio Transceivers) is an ambitious project funded by Academy of Finland with an aim to perform groundbreaking scientific research, advancing the analog circuit design methodology by representing analog information with time-based parameters of pulse waveform and processing it with switch/digital components. The project will demonstrate the results through applied research that significantly advances the performance of radio receivers, thereby enabling low-cost fixed wireless broadband coverage in rural areas with speeds up to 100 Gbps, 10X the state-of-the-art cable technology. 

Job description

We are now looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to perform high-quality scientific research in the field of integrated circuit design and signal processing, and disseminate the results in leading scientific journals and conferences in the area. This involves building system models and an appropriate evaluation framework using computational software, development of new circuit techniques and architectures to push the performance boundary of communication hardware, prototyping of radio transceiver subsystems with a nanometer-scale CMOS technology, and post-fabrication evaluation of the ICs. You may also have the opportunity to collaborate with the preparation of research grant proposals and patent applications. Participation in teaching courses at the department of Electrical Engineering is possible and encouraged.

We look for

A highly motivated and driven individual with a passion to pursue scientific research in the field of IC design and signal processing. A potential candidate holds a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline (electrical engineering, signal processing, computer engineering or similar). An ideal candidate is independent, open-minded and enthusiastic to learn new skills, and is thorough in his/her work. The interest and skills of the candidate may be on any area related to IC design including digital, analog, RF or mixed-signal circuits and systems, and DSP algorithm/hardware design. A ideal candidate has academic excellence demonstrated through high-quality publications.  Prior industrial experience in a related field is an advantage, but not a necessity. 

Experience or knowledge in at least some of the following skills is desired.

  • Strong knowledge on the fundamentals of analog/RF circuit design and simulation
  • Strong knowledge on digital circuits/system design and efficient DSP hardware
  • Good skills and hands-on experience with analog circuit design flow and simulation tools/methods like Cadence Virtuoso/Spectre, DRC/LVS/PEX, or similar tools.
  • Hands-on design with a nanometer-scale CMOS technology is a plus, not a necessity
  • Good skills and hands-on with digital ASIC design flow and simulation tools/methods including programing with HDLs like VHDL/Verilog, simulation with ModelSim or similar, synthesis and place-and-route with Cadence Innovus or Synopsys tools, RTL-to-GDSII
  • Knowledge in one of the relevant areas like signal processing, and modeling/design of communication transceivers or data converter circuits is a plus
  • Good modeling skills/insights and hands-on with modeling/scientific/general programing languages like MATLAB or Python
  • Some hands-on with scripting languages like TCL/bash is a plus

Good oral and written communication skills in English are expected.

We offer

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of 2-4 years. The starting of the employment is desired in autumn 2022, but it can be negotiated. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees. The salary will be based on University Salary System that applies to teaching and research staff.  According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a postdoctoral researcher is placed on levels 5-6 of the job requirements scale, depending on the career stage. A typical starting salary for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is about 3500 € per month. The salary increases based on experience. 

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University

We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active, and truly international research community. We value interdisciplinarity, as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue novel research findings. We are strongly committed to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education.

Finland is the happiest place to live and Finns have repeatedly rated Tampere as the most attractive city in Finland to live in. Tampere is the traditional center of the Finnish industry. Today, the city is best known for its high-tech sector, with companies such as Nokia, Intel, Huawei, and Saab having research/development facilities here. Tampere is also the most popular city in Finland for higher education. More information about living and working in Tampere.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. Apply with the following documents in English and in pdf format:

  • A CV, including list of publications
  • A free-form motivation letter including names of two referees
  • Transcripts and degree certificates of previous studies 
  • Reference letters may be included as additional documents

The closing date for applications has been extended to 31 August, 2022 (at 23.59 EEST). However, we may start processing the applications as soon as they arrive; hence send them in as soon as you can, without waiting for the closing date. 

More information

Please contact Assistant Professor Vishnu Unnikrishnan in case of any questions or for more information (

The SoC Hub 

SoC Hub is a new strategic opening of the Unit of Computing Sciences (CS) and the Unit of Electrical Engineering (EE) at Tampere University. The ecosystem brings together academic research and business activities with an aim of enhancing the international competitiveness of companies. By joining forces, the ecosystem participants will make the first world-class co-developed Finnish System-on-Chip platform. The initiative will also boost research and education on system-on-chip design. The initiative has already taped out its first complex SoC chip and aims to produce at least one large SoC IC every year. More on SoC Hub here.

Unit of Electrical Engineering

The Unit of Electrical Engineering unit at Tampere University is an expertise hub of some 150 faculty and staff members. Our education and research activities build on a profound understanding of electrical and electromagnetic phenomena, and their modelling and applications. The unit produces around 15 Ph.D. and 100 M.Sc. graduates every year on average. More information here.


Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää:

Informaatioteknologian ja viestinnän tiedekunta yhteistyössä SoC Hubin kanssa etsii tutkijatohtoria. 


Etsimme tutkijatohtoria integroitujen virtapiirien suunnittelun alueelle (integrated circuit IC design, SMASH-projekti). 

Tavoitteena on tehdä korkealaatuista tieteellistä tutkimusta IC-suunnittelun ja signaalinkäsittelyn alalla sekä julkaista tutkimustuloksia johtavissa lehdissä ja tieteellisissä konferensseissa.


Tutkijatohtorin tehtävään valittavalta edellytetään soveltuvaa tohtorintutkintoa ja kykyä korkealaatuisen tutkimustyön tekemiseen. Yksikön opetukseen osallistuminen on mahdollista ja toivottavaa. Varaudu todistamaan ansiosi pyydettäessä.

Katso tarkemmat, tehtäväkohtaiset edellytykset englanninkieliseltä ilmoitukselta.


Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Katso tarkemmat ohjeet englanninkielisestä ilmoitukselta. Hakuaikaa tehtävään on jatkettu 31.8.2022 klo 23.59


Tenure track -tutkija Vishnu Unnikrishnan, (

Application period starts: 2022-06-30 13:45Application period ends: 2022-08-31 23:59