Internship | Automatic Matching Network Layout Synthesis Based On Space Mapping
About this position
Impedance matching networks are crucial parts of an (integrated) power amplifier and have a big impact on both the performance and size of the amplifier. For the design of these matching networks on a circuit level, multiple techniques exist which enables the automatic synthesis to a large extend. The optimization of a power amplifier’s matching network, however, is traditionally time-consuming as it requires frequent incorporation of computational expensive electro-magnetic (EM) simulations for accurate layout characterization. Space-mapping is a technique that speeds up the optimization process by using a circuit model for rapid evaluation of the layout structures, with the circuit model being calibrated multiple times during the optimization process using EM-simulations to increase the model’s accuracy. This will enhance the power amplifier’s design cycle significantly.
What will be your role?
Developing a space-mapping framework in Keysight ADS for matching network layout synthesis. Activities involved are: investigating suitable circuit models, creation of automatic layout and EM-model generation, implementing and testing different space-mapping/optimization algorithms and applying the framework for matching network design based on electrical and spatial requirements.
What we expect from you
The candidate has the qualities to conduct research in a research environment with the help of specialists from the department. Requirements are: Knowledge of RF and preferably optimization, experience with CAD tools (e.g. Keysight ADS) and scripting.
What you'll get in return
You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.
TNO as an employer
At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.
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The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Read more about security screening on the AIVD website.
Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.
Has this job opening sparked your interest?
Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.