Ph.D. position in 3D sequential IC design for image sensors

Ph.D. position in 3D sequential IC design for image sensors


  • Industrial Ph.D. in microelectronics engineering
  • Mixed-signal CMOS IC design (digital and analog)
  • Research and development CMOS 3D sequential integration for image sensors
You will work in an international team of microelectronics engineers where you will play an important role in the design of new 3D sequential integrated circuits. You will be employed by the company Integrated Detector Electronics AS (IDEAS) in Oslo and enroll with the Ph.D. program at the University of Oslo. State-of-the art integrated circuits (ICs) have reached certain limits per area. The project will spearhead the design of a new type of 3-dimensional (3D) stacked ICs with the goal to increase the intelligence and to reduce cost pear area for future electronic devices. The project exploits new 3D-stacked IC design and manufacture, known as 3D sequential integration. Under the leadership of the University of Oslo the project brings together IC designers from academia, industry and a large European semiconductor manufacturer. The detailed IC design requirements will be developed within the project and will be guided by commercial needs for image sensors.

We are looking for a Ph.D. candidate with

  • Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in microelectronics engineering.
  • Strong interest in micro/nano electronics research.
  • Great interest in pursuing commercial opportunities based on applied research.
  • Excellent communication skills and desire to learn, to present and publish results.

Experience and skills the candidate is expected to have

  • M.Sc. or similar degree in microelectronics engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience in mixed-signal CMOS design.
  • Skills in EDA ASIC design and verification tools usage.
  • Programming skills with languages like TCL, Python or Perl is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of full-custom design with Cadence EDA is an advantage.
  • Linux knowledge is an advantage.

Formal requirements

The candidate must have EU/EEA citizenship, and must comply with the formal requirements to enroll in the Ph.D. program at the University of Oslo. The requirements include, but are not limited to, at least B average on the Master’s level and the Master’s thesis. As part of the program, the candidate will also be required to complete academic training amounting to a total of 30 credits. The assignment is for 3-years duration, after which the candidate is expected to obtain the Ph.D. degree.


Oslo, Norway. The candidate will have office space at both IDEAS and the University of Oslo.

The application must include

  • Application letter, and CV (summarizing education, professional work).
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
  • Documentation of English proficiency.
  • 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, email and telephone number).
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Digital IC design engineer for space and terrestrial applications

Digital IC design engineer for space and terrestrial applications

You are an IC designer with more than 4 years of experience and with knowledge and interest in design and verification of digital circuits. You will be involved in ASIC development projects as a member of our mixed signal IC development team. As a highly motivated individual, you can work both independently and as part of a team. You enjoy new challenges.


• M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering or equivalent.
• Excellent skills in Verilog and VHDL code writing.
• Proficient skills in EDA ASIC design and verification tools usage.
• Good knowledge in synchronous/asynchronous design techniques.
• Programming skills with languages like TCL, Perl, Python.
• Knowledge of full custom design with Cadence EDA is an advantage.
• Linux knowledge is an advantage.


You will be responsible for:
• Chip and block architecture specification and development as well as behaviour specifications.
• Implement digital circuits in RTL code (Verilog, VHDL, System Verilog).
• Verify specifications by functional simulation using OVM/UVM, PSL.
• Documenting design and verification.

Perform or contribute to physical implementation:
• Logic synthesis,
• static timing analysis, formal verification/logic equivalence check,
• place & route,
• parasitic extraction, and post layout simulation.

You are fluent in English, both written and spoken. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language or German is an advantage, but is not required.

Multi-channel readout for arrays of SiPM – the IDE3380

The integrated circuit was developed under contract from ESA and the Norwegian Space Center.

The IDEAS IDE3380 is a general purpose integrated circuit (IC) for the readout of silicon photomultipliers (SiPM). The SiPM is a relatively new type of optical sensor for the detection and timing of single photons. While the IC was designed primarily for arrays with many SiPM, it can also read out state-of-the-art

photomultiplier tubes (PMT). Like PMT, SiPM and arrays of SiPM can be used for many applications, for example, medical imaging, life sciences, industrial scanning, and range finding.

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IDEAS occasionally offers Internships for students. Candidates should be in their last year of study in electrical engineering, space engineering or physics. Please contact IDEAS for opportunities.