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2020 Summer Jobs at the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

Aalto University / A summer worker at the department of electronics and nanoengineering / photo: Linda Koskinen

The Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE) conducts research and arranges related courses in the field of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology featuring an international team of over 150 Researchers and Research Assistants. The Department is part of the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto ELEC) with world-class research facilities and instruments.

The ELE Department is now looking for students for several

SUMMER JOB POSITION

You can apply for one or several of the open positions. Please mark the tasks codes of the positions you are interested in.

Circuit architectures for smart sensor interfaces based on machine-learning [Code: CAML]
Two complementary jobs are available here (please mention the job of interest in your application): 1. investigating an integrated sensor interface, using a time-based approach, and 2. Build an embedded machine-learning hardware to adapt this interface. Both jobs require ideally a knowledge in CAD design tools for Integrated Circuits, and/or modeling tools such as MATLAB.Possible to extend the work as a master thesis. Contact: Prof. Martin Andraud

Renewable hydrogen production by solar photoelectrochemical water splitting: fabrication and characterization of semiconductor and catalytic materials [MQS1]
Position open for a master student in the fields Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or Chemical Engineering.  The position will provide hands-on experience in a laboratory and in a cleanroom environment and knowledge of research methods and protocols. Possible to extend the work as a master thesis. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

Plasmonic nanoparticles fabrication and optical characterization, for energy applications [MQS2] 
Position open for a master student in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or Chemical Engineering.The position includes hands-on work in laser laboratories and in a cleanroom environment, and/or modeling and simulations, and can be extended into a master's thesis. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

Theoretical and/or experimental work on novel materials for carbon dioxide catalysis [MQS3] 
Position open for a master student in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or Chemical Engineering.The position includes hands-on work in nanofabrication laboratories and in a cleanroom environment, and/or modeling and simulations, and can be extended into a master's thesis. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

2D materials for printed thermoelectrics [MQS4]The position consists of experimental hands-on work on developing printable ink formulations containing 2D nanomaterials, as well as testing and optimizing their performance for inkjet printing. The work can be extended into a thesis work. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

Control electronics for a stand-alone energy harvester [MQS5] 
The position provides experience on designing electronics for internet-of-things applications in addition to hands-on electronics development.The work can be extended into a thesis work. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

Experimental quantum illumination [MQS6] 
The task for this summer project is to assist in the experimental realization of the quantum illumination setup. The aim is to study how the measurement sensitivity of the system depends on various factors, such as background noise, distance of the object from the receiver, etc. Possible to extend the work as a master thesis. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

Role of entanglement in quantum computational speedup [MQS7]
The task for the offered summer project is to track and visualize the time-evolution of quantum entanglement during the running of various quantum algorithms to explore the connection between entanglement and quantum speedup. As for example the current cryptography methods are threatened by quantum computing, and new quantum-safe methods are currently under development, understanding better the limits of the quantum computational speedup has profound implications for cyber-safety, among other applications. Possible to extend the work as a master thesis. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

Genetic design of quantum algorithms for problems related to post-quantum cryptography [MQS8]
The task for the offered summer project is to take part in the automated development of quantum algorithms for problems related to PQC. Genetic optimization will be used to generate new quantum algorithms. We will then study the efficiency of the quantum algorithms thus discovered. This work may have important implications for the safety of the proposed PQC methods. Possible to extend the work as a master thesis..Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

Simulation of semiconductor-based materials for renewable hydrogen production by non-equilibrium Greens Function method [MQS9]
The task for this position is to further develop an existing quantum kinetic computer model of the semiconductor electrode of a photoelectrochemical cell and to use that model to design prototype electrodes. Knowledge of semiconductor physics, quantum mechanics and MATLAB/python are considered an advantage. Suitable for students who wish to continue to a master's thesis. Contact: Prof. Ilkka Tittonen

 Intelligent propagation environments for future 5G and 6G wireless communications [META1]The student will contribute to work on the European project on artificial intelligence aided networks for 5G long term evolution. We will work on design and test of intelligent (computer-controlled) walls which will optimize propagation channels for telecommunication signals in dynamic environments. This position suits for enthusiastic students who want to get deep understanding and first-hand experience in design of artificial surfaces with engineered reflection properties and studies of wave propagation in the present of anomalously reflecting walls. The work will include theoretical analysis of the problem together with simulations in CST / HFSS / COMSOL. Suitable for continuation as a MSc project. Further information: Prof. Sergei Tretyakov

Time-varying metasurfaces for full control of electromagnetic waves [META2]
The work is related to conceptual exploration of active, time-varying metasurfaces (thin composite sheets) for full control of electromagnetic waves. The summer trainee joins our group and contributes to design active metasurface for nonreciprocal transformations of transmitted and reflected waves. The topic suits for a student, who is interested in fundamental physics and has basic understanding of circuit theory and transmission-line theory. The work will include theoretical analysis of non-stationary transmission lines and transient analysis of electrical circuits. Knowledge of Matlab Simulink will be beneficial. Suitable for continuation as a MSc project. Further information: Prof. Sergei Tretyakov

Wireless power transfer systems medical implant applications [META3]
This project aims to develop wireless power transfer (WPT) system for charging of medical implant devices. In the proposed new system, novel coil designs will be developed, and the main objective of the new design is to minimize the electric field generated by the coil in order to reduce the tissue heating. The candidate will support the project team in simulating different electromagnetic structures and analyzing the field distribution. If you have fundamental knowledge in electromagnetics and if you are excited about learning new scientific advancements, this will be an ideal opportunity for you.  The experience with finite-element simulation tools (e.g. COMSOL, HFSS, or CST) will be advantageous for this position. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research group with an excellent environment for developing the project (http://meta.aalto.fi/ ). Further information: Prof. Sergei Tretyakov, Dr. Prasad Jayathurathnage.

 Millimeter-wave antennas (2 positions) [MMWANT]
Join our research group to develop future beam-steerable millimeter-wave antennas or advanced mobile antennas. We offer you challenging and interesting tasks, which we tailor according to your interests, skills and level of studies. Your tasks could include antenna design and characterization using an electromagnetic simulator, antenna prototyping and measurements. You will have a possibility to carry out a special assignment or write a candidate thesis. We look for excellent students on any level of studies. Further information: Dr. Juha Ala-Laurinaho, Dr. Anu Lehtovuori and Prof. Ville Viikari

RF-powered devices [LPIoT]
Join our group to develop IoT applications of the future! The general goal of this project is to develop parts and components for very low-power wireless transponders. For instance, the work may include selected antenna and microwave circuit design tasks based on the simulator tools (e.g, CST Studio Suite and/or NI AWR), the design of the transponders with very low-power microcontrollers, manufacturing and measurement of the components, and/or automatization of the measurement systems, for example, with LabView programming language. The details of the work will be agreed together with the employee depending on the phase of the studies and interests. There is also a chance to carry out a Bachelor thesis or special assignment. We look for excellent students on any level of the studies. Further information: Univ. Lect. Jari Holopainen and Prof. Ville Viikari.

Light-matter interactions in optical devices [2D-Light]
Hybrid light-matter states can form quantum quasiparticles that inherit combined properties of light and matter. To realise these quasiparticles experimentally, optical devices have to be structured in a very specific way. In this project, we aim to explore the details for structuring optical devices that can support light-matter quasiparticles. The successful candidate will investigate the state-of-the-art of optical devices for light-matter interactions and will participate in their design. The successful candidate will also participate in optical measurements and computational analysis of the optical devices fabricated by our group. The successful candidate will have access to the excellent research environment and handle the advanced optics techniques in the photonics group.Further information: Dr. Henry Fernandez Pizarro and Prof. Zhipei Sun

Manipulating light at the nanoscale [2D-Nano]
The successful candidate will join an ongoing experimental research on this topic. In this research we combine light and matter in specially designed devices. This allows us to explore how light-matter hybridization modify properties of materials. The successful candidate will have access to the excellent research environment and handle the advanced optics techniques in the photonics group.Further information: Dr. Henry Fernandez Pizarro and Prof. Zhipei Sun

Graphene THz detectors [2D-THz]
The aim of this summer job is to make electrical and/or mechanical design of a THz detector test fixture with graphene (i.e. chip bonded to PCB and embedded in a mechanical block including wire bonding from PCB to chip). The well-planned summer work also includes measurements of the THz detectors based on graphene filed effect transistors (GFETs). The project is suitable for students interested in 2D materials, GFETs, and THz detectors, in particular, for these who want to carry out a special assignment or continue to do a Master/doctoral thesis. The following skills would be considered as advantages: basic electronics design, knowledge of SolidWorks, HFSS/CST, LabVIEW or similar tools. Further information: Dr. Andrey Generalov and Prof. Zhipei Sun

Ultrafast camera to record electrical dynamics [2D-Ultrafast]
The aim of this project is to make an ultrafast camera to capture the ultrafast carrier dynamics in monolayer semiconductors by building a pump-probe system with a femtosecond-pulsed laser. The camera is expected to have the ability to measure dynamics down to 10-13s. We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic applicants with interest in ultrafast optics and laser techniques. Studies / knowledge in the field of lasers, optics and/or physics are beneficial. The successful candidate will have access to the excellent research environment and learn the advanced optical techniques.Further information: Prof. Zhipei Sun and Mr. Yadong Wang

Nonlinear optics with nanomaterials [2D-4]
The aim of this summer job is to fundamentally understand the nonlinear optical responses of nanomaterials such as graphene and other two-dimensional layered materials. The well-planned summer work consists of optical experiment setup, linear and nonlinear optical characterization. However, the research content can be tailored to fit with applicant’s research interest, for example, for a student interested in challenges of understanding fundamentals and physics. The position is suitable for students who want to carry out a special assignment or continue to a Master/doctoral thesis.Further information: Dr. Yunyun Dai and Prof. Zhipei Sun

Observations at the Metsähovi Radio Observatory [MRO] 
Suitable for: Students who want to specialize in astronomy in their studies.Tasks: Solar and active galaxy observations using Metsähovi Radio Observatory’s radio telescopes. Programming tasks related to astronomical data processing. Required skills: The course “Radio Astronomy” or equivalent skills. Basics of Python, R, Perl, or C/C++.Special requirements: The work takes place in Metsähovi, Kirkkonummi. Car (or similar) is required for reaching Metsähovi during summer holiday season. Further information: Joni Tammi / Metsähovi Radio Observatory. [email protected]

Design of a two-ports leaky-wave metamaterial body coil for 7 T MRI [MRI]
We are looking for a Master's level student with a strong background in ultrashort-wave and/or microwave antennas to work as a summer trainee in our research group. You will design a novel antenna for which an analytical model and conceptual numerical simulations were developed and performed earlier. If you are or want to be a microwave experimentalist, this is the right summer trainee opportunity for you. Further information: Prof. Konstantin Simovski

High-performance semiconductor devices [SEMI]
Here is the opportunity to contribute to this cutting-edge research by becoming part of a research team that develops materials,processes and device concepts of the future. More specifically, you can participate in designing and processing high-performance semiconductor devices such as optical sensors and solar cells, their electrical and optical characterization as well as simulations. The exact content of the work will be tailored based on the applicant’s own skills and interests.
The position is suitable for both Bachelor and Master level students including freshmen.  This position is also ideal if you are thinking of continuing towards Master's and Doctoral degree. Additional information: Prof. Hele Savin

Integrated Circuits for 6G communications [IC_6G] The work is related to future transceiver IC development.The summer trainee joins our design group and contributes to design of a specific block in the transceiver under guidance of a senior designer. The topic can be in the fields of mm-wave/RF/analog/mixed mode/digital design, upon interest of the student and demand of the on-going projects. We seek for a Master’s level student that is enthusiastic on IC design. The work provides an opportunity to learn the use of industrial-level CAD environment and nanometer scale CMOS/BiCMOS technologies. This position can be continued as a Master’s Thesis work during fall. Further information: Dr. Kari Stadius, Dr. Marko Kosunen, and Prof. Jussi Ryynänen

Digitally assisted auxiliary blocks for system-on-chip circuits [IC_AUX]
The summer trainee joins our design group and contributes to design of auxiliary blocks. The work includes circuit simulations and layout drawing under guidance of a senior researcher. The topic suits for a student enthusiastic on electronics design with interest on IC design and provides an opportunity to learn the use of state-of-art CAD environment. The position is appropriate for B.Sc. students. Further information: Dr. Kari Stadius, Dr. Marko Kosunen , and Prof. Jussi Ryynänen

Programmatic circuit design modeling for 6G and beyond SoCs [IC_PROG]
Are you interested being a part of historical change in circuit design paradigm? Are you willing to learn to work fluently in Unix environment with various programming languages and have still lots of interest on electronic circuits? If yes, this is the job for you. As a summer trainee in this are you will participate developing Circuit and system models and implementing them programmatically with Python.Successful execution of the work requires willingness to learn Fluent unix working habits, Git version control, shell scripting and Python Programming, complemented with entry level knowledge of analog design tools and methodology.Topics include programmatic design of  analog and digital building blocks for communications System-on-Chip or on digital FPGA, according to your preferences.The position is appropriate for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students.Further information: Dr. Marko Kosunen, Dr. Kari Stadius, and Prof. Jussi Ryynänen

Materials and interfaces to enhance organic devices performances [ORGANIC]
The Organic Electronics Group is looking for a curious and talented student, either at BSc or MSc level, for the Summer 2020. You will contribute to the advance of a novel class of organic devices (organic light emitting transistors); in particular, your role will be to develop thin films, both dielectrics and organics, in order to study and improve device performances. Experimental work will include growth of materials, surface characterization and device fabrication.Our group is international, communication and interaction is in English, thus a good command is required.Further information: Prof. Caterina Soldano

Fabrication and measurements of ultrawideband antenna arrays [ARRAY]
We are looking for a Master's level student with a strong background in microwave engineering to work as a summer trainee in our research group. You will manufacturer several ultrawideband antenna elements that are assembled to form antenna arrays. Radiation properties of the antenna arrays are measured in an anechoic chamber to verify its performance compared to simulations. If you are skillful in antenna fabrication and measurements, this is the right summer trainee opportunity for you. As a successful summer trainee you may be able to continue as a master’s thesis worker with full salary support.Further information: Prof. Katsuyuki Haneda

Progamming waveforms and algorithms in universal software defined peripherals [USRP]
We are looking for a summer trainee with suitable experience in LabView for programming universal software defined peripherals (USRPs). The Labview programming includes waveforms and algorithms at transceivers for multiple-input multiple-output radio communications and sensing. You can be a Master's level student or a third-year Bachelor-level student. If you are knowledgeable in Labview and/or wireless systems, this is the right summer trainee opportunity for you.Further information: Prof. Katsuyuki Haneda

Thermal Design Engineer [TDE]
The position gives opportunity to work with the thermal analysis of Foresail-2 satellite. The work comprises the 3D modelling of Foresail-2 structure and perform thermal modelling using existing tools to analyze the thermal behavior of the satellite in orbit. The work requires a good understanding of how the thermal resistances change in various materials and ability to work with CAD models. Elementary knowledge on space technology and programming skills are recommended.Further information: Rizwan Mughal (Prof. Jaan Praks)

Foresail Test Assistant [Foresail]
The position involves various duties while testing the Foresail-1 satellite and software. The tests include functional, software, thermal vacuum, vibration and shock tests. Understanding of basic programming of embedded systems is required.Elementary knowledge in space technology and hardware skills are recommended. Further information: Rizwan Mughal (Prof. Jaan Praks)

Aalto-3 satellite development engineer [A3-SD] The position gives opportunity to work with Aalto-3 Student Satellite mission and concentrate on satellite systems integration, debugging and testing. The project can provide several different tasks, starting from electronics, software and mechanical design.Basic knowledge in electronics and experience in embedded systems development is recommended. The position provides an opportunity to closely collaborate with Finnish Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Space and Foresail missions.Further information: Prof. Jaan Praks

Electronic component radiation testing for space applications [ECR]
This position gives opportunity to work with electronic component reliability and testing for Aalto Satellite missions.The main duties are developing small modular PCBs to interface the components to be tested with an existing modular test bench, which requires basic knowledge in electronic design; Adding support for these components to the test bench software, which requires proficiency in LabVIEW programming.The work is carried out as an assistant in the testing team. Further information: Rizwan Mughal (Prof. Jaan Praks)

SAR Remote Sensing AI project [SAR-AI] Work with Sentinel-1 and ICEYE SAR satellite data to develop AI methods to extract image features from SAR Earth Observation images. The work involves work with SNAP toolbox, SARProZ toolbox and Matlab. Matlab programming skills required. The project will be defined later in more detail. Further information: Prof. Jaan Praks

Aalto Satellites Media for outreach [SAMI]
We search for a student with skills in Blender and/or graphical design software. The aim of the work is to create animations and renders for Foresail-1, Foresail-2 and Aalto-3 satellites. The work also includes development of Aalto Satellites web pages and graphical material. Further information: Prof. Jaan Praks

Design, construction, and testing of quasioptical systems for submillimeter wave and THz research [Code: THZ_QUASI] A Bachelor level job with interests in optics, electromagnetics, and remotet sensing. We are performing research in the areas of satelite remote sensing, imaging radar, and medical diagnostics. These applications present unique optical challenges that must be solved with a combination of ray and wave optics. You gain understanding of aspheric optical elements and perform simple optical simulations of lens/mirror systems. You will use CAD software to layout mounts and optomechanics. Finally, you will build your designed optical systems and evaluate performance and simulation accuracy with submillimeter wave sources and detectors. Required skills: good programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python).Further information: Prof. Zachary Taylor, Dr. Aleksi Tamminen

THz medical imaging using with photoconductive and RF multiplier sources [Code: THZ_MEDI] A Bachelor level job with interests in optics, signal processing, and medicince. We are building imaging systems for (1) quantitative assessment of cutaneous burn wound severity, and (2) early detection of corneal disease. You will make phatoms targets to and characterize contrasct mechanism sensitivity of photoconductive and RF source based architetures. You perform data analysis and processing of images to help identify areas where we can reduce the volume of acquired data to help speed up acquisition time.Required skills: good programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python).Further information: Prof. Zachary Taylor, Dr. Aleksi Tamminen

MMIC Transceiver Front-End Design [Code: KH_MMIC]
This work is related to MMIC transceiver front-end design for wideband communications. The summer trainee designs a specific functional block. Detailed focus will be specified together with the candidate. The topic suits for a student enthusiastic on MMIC design and provides an opportunity to work in this rapidly growing research field with industrial-level CAD environment. Our group works on high frequency IC design ranging from 60 GHz to 300 GHz for various application including 5G Communication, beyond 5G communication, radiometers. It is possible to extend the work and continue as Master’s thesis worker. The position is appropriate for M.Sc. students who have previous experience of IC design or will gain such experience during the coming spring. Further information: M.Sc. Raju Ahamed, Prof. Kari Halonen

 Low-Power Integrated Circuit Design [Code: KH_MIXED_IC]
We are looking for a trainee to design an integrated circuit block for an experimental ultra-low power sensor node SoC. The detailed content of the work is specified based on the trainee's interest and may include analog, digital or radio-frequency circuit design. We use an industrial-level CAD environment and a modern CMOS technology. The work can be extended to a Master’s thesis. The position is appropriate for M.Sc. students who have previous experience of IC design or will gain such experience during the coming spring. Further information: M.Sc. Tuomas Haapala, Prof. Kari Halonen

Energy-autonomous sensor node prototype [Code: KH_IC_PROTO]
We are looking for a trainee to build a demonstrative prototype based on an ultra-low power sensor node SoC designed by our group. In addition to the SoC, the candidate will utilize other state-of-the-art technologies from our research partners. The prototype demonstrates the capabilities of the SoC including energy-harvesting, power management, sensor interfacing and wireless communications. The work can be extended to a Master’s thesis. The position is appropriate for B.Sc./M.Sc. students who have previous experience of embedded programming and prototyping. Further information: M.Sc. Tuomas Haapala, Prof. Kari Halonen

HOW TO APPLY
Submit your application through our recruiting system by using "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following documents:
• cv
• study records

Please mark the task codes of the positions you are interested in under the “Further information on the positions that you are interested in” question. Prioritize your choices with numbers; 1.) code for your first choice, 2.) code for your second choice, et.
Application period closes on 7 February 2020 but we will start reviewing candidates immediately.

 
In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Secretary Mirjam Lappalainen 

 

 

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