RA Vacancies

CALL FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT (PhD)

Conservation of energy starts by reusing energy that has already been expended. That energy is readily available in electromagnetic (EM) form, from broadcast AM and FM radio waves to the many wireless devices that transmit signals around us, such as cellular base stations and short-distance wireless local area networks (WLANs). The key to harvesting or scavenging this “used” energy starts with a dedicated receiver capable of receiving the available wireless signals, along with some means of converting the received signal power into a supply of electrical power. Many leading suppliers of wireless communications products are well aware of the eventual need to conserve battery power as users became more dependent upon those devices. The evolution of the cellular telephone into a personal messaging and entertainment center has meant that these portable radios can do more, but it also means that they require more power to do so. If limited to batteries as power sources, the increased current drain from the added functionality will result in less operating time per battery charge (and less billable hours for service providers).

Thus, we would like to invite applications for research assistance in Design of  Processing Circuitry for an RF Energy Harvester. The research field will focus on CMOS circuit design such as rectifier, power management and etc.

Requirements:

  • Candidate should able to enroll in the project on August 2017. Late enrolment time could be discussed.
  • Candidate should have background in Bachelor’s Degree Engineering (Electrical/Electronic/Telecommunication)
  • Candidate has to register in doctorate degree (Ph.D) with Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
  • Good communication/writing skills
  • Skill in any circuit simulator software such as Cadence or Pspice is required

Interested candidates are invited to contact with Dr. Wong Yan Chiew at ycwong@utem.edu.my.

Thank you.


 

CALL FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT (MASTER / PhD)

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Project Field: Neural (EEG) Signal Processing

Project duration: 18 months

Monthly allowance: RM1,800

Location: FKEKK, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)

Project background:

Successful candidate is required to participate full-time on a project work that is to explore the feasibility of using spontaneous EEG to quantify the neural correlates of attention based on entropy theory combining with the continuous wavelet transform. The position involves:

  • To design and develop new experimental paradigms related to attention;
  • To quantify the neural correlates of attention reflected in EEG using advanced signal processing techniques;
  • To implement the continuous attention monitoring in a brain/neural computer interface application..

Requirements:

  1. Applicants should be highly motivated to work on an interdisciplinary research.
  2. A BSc/BEng in biomedical engineering/bioengineering, electrical/electronics engineering, or a closely related field is required. Candidates with strong engineering expertise (i.e., experience in hardware implementation, Matlab/Simulink and digital signal processing) are preferred.
  3. Experience in EEG is desirable but not required.
  4. Complementary skills in computer science, and/or neuroscience would also be valuable.
  5. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are required as the selected GRA will be expected to work closely with collaborators.

Further details of the project can be found at The call for GRA_FRGS2015

Interested applicants should send an email consisting of a CV, with ‘GRA-EEG’ in the subject line, to Dr. Low Yin Fen at (yinfen@utem.edu.my).

 

 


 

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Project Title: Power Management System Based Complementary-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) Converter for SoC Application

Project Duration: 2 Years starting June 2016 – Basic Monthly Allowance (RM 1,600)

Location: FKEKK, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).

We would like to invite applications for the position of Graduate Research Assistant for a research project entitled ” Power Management System Based Complementary-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) Converter for SoC Application”. The scope of the project focuses on designing a CMOS voltage regulator. This project is a Demand Driven Development (3D) program under Industry-Academia Collaboration (IAC) for the E&E  sector – IC Design Cluster. Training will be provided to give you substantial IC design knowledge.  Intel will be the industry mentor for the project.  Job is guaranteed after the project if you want to explore to industry.   The project will be started on Jun 2016.

Requirements:

  • Candidate must be Malaysian and possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree Engineering (Electrical/Electronic) with the CGPA of at least 3.0.
  • Applicants must be willing to further study in Master’s Degree in Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM).
  • Good communication skills, proactive and able to carry out research independently.
  • Skills in any circuit simulator software such as pspice or hspice
  • Monthly allowance: RM1600
  • Fresh graduates/to be graduated are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates are invited to contact with Dr. Wong Yan Chiew at ycwong@utem.edu.my. Thank you.


 

Project Title: Design a high efficiency Self-Powered Functional Block of An IOT System-On-Chip Using Switched-Capacitor CMOS Converter to Step-Up Weakly Harvested Energy from Freely Available Ambient Resources

Project duration: 18 months

Monthly allowance: RM1500

Location: FKEKK, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)

Project background:

Though IoT SoCs show great potential, they have many design challenges that impede their widespread adoption including node operating lifetime, small form factor for wearability, and affordable cost. One of the most critical issues is node lifetime. Energy harvesting from ambient energy sources potentially provides indefinite lifetime. However, the density of the harvested energy from ambient energy resource is very low. Thus, a novel design methodology of a high efficient power management system to step-up low level of harvested energy to various voltage references required by each particular functional blocks in IoT Soc is needed.  Having the advantages of highly integrate-able in CMOS technology, DC-DC switched-capacitor (SC) converter is one of the best candidate for the high efficient on-chip power management block architecture. Little effort has gone into low power on-chip high voltage CMOS circuit model studies and designs. The objectives of this research are to quantify key design parameters and from there propose a new design methodology for an optimum high efficient on-chip power management unit. The proposed design will be verify theoretically and also through simulation work.

Requirements:

Skills in any circuit simulator software such as pspice or hspice

For those who are interested, do email directly to Dr. Wong Yan Chiew at ycwong@utem.edu.my