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

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

We are looking for a Ph.D. candidate to work on 3D sequential integrated circuit (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, scientists and business developers, where you will play an important role in advancing cutting-edge research in the semiconductor industry. 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 or in Trondheim (NTNU). The project will spearhead the design of a new type of 3-dimensional (3D) stacked integrated circuits (IC) with the goal to increase the on-chip intelligence and to reduce cost pear area for future electronic devices. The project exploits a new 3D-stacked IC design and manufacturing method, 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.
  • Excellent communication skills and desire to learn, to present and publish results.
  • Experience in designing mixed-signal CMOS (ideally silicon-proven designs).
  • User skills in EDA ASIC design and verification tools (e.g. Cadence/Virtuoso, Mentor/Calibre, Synopsys/HSPICE).

Formal requirements

The candidate must comply with the formal requirements to enroll in the Ph.D. program at the University of Oslo or in Trondheim. 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.

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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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.