City:  München
Date:  Jun 6, 2022

Research Associate (f/m/d) for RF 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. 

Fraunhofer EMFT conducts applied research on smart sensors and actuator-systems. The 120 employees in Munich, Oberpfaffenhofen and Regensburg possess long-term experience and extensive know-how in microelectronics and microsystem technology, ranging from semiconductor processes and MEMS technologies to 3D integration and foil electronics. These technologies form the basis for the other competence areas at Fraunhofer EMFT: innovative sensor solutions, safe and secure electronics, and micro dosing.


You can look forward to an exciting task in the Circuit Design team located in our Munich office.  In our team you will realize power-efficient integrated RF, analog and mixed-signal circuits in highly-scaled CMOS for intelligent mobile sensor and actuator applications based on specifications of our national and international customers and research partners. In our open-minded team, you can set your own accents, realize your ideas in projects and develop yourself scientifically, professionally and personally. Fraunhofer supports you with various offers to reconcile family, career and career development as well as possible. We promote rapid skills development, so that you can quickly work on your own responsibility. The opportunity for promotion is given and supported.


The promotion of equal opportunities for women and men is an important goal of Fraunhofer. By participating in the "Fraunhofer TALENTA"; career program; young female scientists can take advantage of qualification opportunities and the necessary freedom for their own professional development and further qualification.


What you will do

  • You are responsible for the development of RF/Analog blocks as LNA’s, mixers, transimpedance amplifiers, oscillators and VGAs down to transistor and layout level.
  • You will work on building blocks for RF systems
  • You will define the test and verification setup of the RF components and conduct the tests either on a wafer prober or on a test PCB
  • In research or customer driven projects you will interact with colleagues or industrial partners on a system level
  • You publish research results and represent them at conferences.
  • You will supervise students in the course of writing their Bachelor's or Master's thesis.


What you bring to the table

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering or higher
  • Project experience in the field of integrated RF design
  • Very good knowledge of integrated circuit design for RF circuits
  • Hands on skills using industry-standard design/sim/layout tools like Cadence, HFSS, ADS
  • Good knowledge of the Cadence Design Flow and implementation of the specification up to a complete circuit including layout under consideration of parasitic effects
  • Good knowledge in defining and setting up a test environment for the verification of integrated circuits incl. PCB layout, test hardware and software
  • Understanding of RF test equipment (network/spectrum analyzer, signal generator, power/NF test, load-pull test, EVM/intermodulation/harmonics etc)


What you can expect

If you enjoy creative work and the development of new ideas and prefer a structured and team-oriented way of working, then we look forward to receiving your application.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. 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. 

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!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: 

Frank Vanselow

Tel.: +49 89 54759-320


Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT 


Requisition Number: 18190                Application Deadline: 06/30/2022


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