City:  München
Date:  May 12, 2023

Master Thesis: ΔΣ-ADC Design

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT, with currently almost 155 employees at its sites in Munich (headquarters), Oberpfaffenhofen and Regensburg, conducts cutting-edge applied research on sensors and actuators for people and the environment. The competences are based on impressive long-term experience and extensive know-how in the fields of microelectronics and microsystem technology. These nano- and microtechnologies are the basis for the other competence areas at Fraunhofer EMFT: sensor solutions, safe and secure electronics, and micropumps. The interdisciplinary interaction of these competencies enables the development of truly novel solutions, putting Fraunhofer EMFT in an ideal position for tackling the current challenges of our society.


What you will do

Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) are the interface between the analog and the digital worlds. Thus, they are crucial building blocks in sensor applications for mobile and stationary devices. As a part of the Circuit Design team, you will develop a 72dB+ SNDR, 10MHz Bandwidth, ΔΣ-ADC in 180nm technology for ultrasound sensor applications.

Your tasks within the scope of the master thesis:

  • Study and summarize the state-of-the-art ΔΣ-ADC topologies
  • Specification derivation based on the application requirements 
  • System development and modelling
  • Implementation and verification of critical circuit blocks


What you bring to the table

  • Enrollment in a master's degree program
  • Good understanding of CMOS analog & mixed-signal circuits through graduate level courses
  • Experience in working with Cadence design tools
  • Experience with Verilog, Python or C++

In addition, we expect an analytical and structured approach and the ability to work independently in an international team. You are familiar with scientific working techniques and have very good communication skills in German and English, both written and spoken.


What you can expect

We offer you an open and collegial working environment as well as a challenging master thesis with responsibility and flexible working hours that fit your studies. At EMFT we value commitment and creativity, which is why we allow freedom for your ideas and abilities.


The weekly working time is 20 hours. The thesis is limited to 6 months.

We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


For questions regarding the position, please do not hesitate to contact:

David Borggreve
Group Lead Circuit Design
+49 89 54759-629


Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT 


Requisition Number: 64043                Application Deadline: 06/30/2023


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