MICAS and Caeleste
MICAS is a research group in the Department of Electrical Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. A team of six professors, around 75 Ph.D. students, supported by administrative and technical support staff, collaborate to advance the state-of-the-art in micro- and nanoelectronics. For this project, we collaborate with Caeleste, a proud team of around 40 engineers from 13+ countries who create innovative CMOS image sensor solutions for space, scientific, medical, and industrial applications. Their activities include custom image sensor design, manufacturing, assembly, and characterization, organized from their offices, lab & cleanroom facilities in Mechelen.
This Ph.D. project aims to investigate, understand, and model the accuracy limitations of integrated pixels readouts. Moreover, it aims to propose, by simulations and measurements, solutions that improve this accuracy. The project will start with a study of the state-of-the-art in the domain of accurate pixel readouts. Additionally, Caeleste will introduce you to the wide range of their image sensor realizations. Jointly, you will explore and learn to understand the impact of noise and other
accuracy-limiting design aspects encountered in custom-designed image sensors. Next, you will start modeling, simulating, and designing your proposed solutions. While simulations are valuable, the actual proof will be done by measurements. Therefore, you will design, tape out and measure prototype chips that aim to prove the proper operation of your proposed solution. You are expected to publish your research at high-level conferences and top-ranked journals.
You are an open-minded micro-electronics engineer who can think outside the box. Experience with chip tape-outs and measurements is an obvious advantage. You should have excellent analytical as well as communication skills.
We offer you a full-time Ph.D. position at a world-renowned research group at the largest university in Belgium, collaborating with an innovative company that delivers imaging solutions to world-leading customers. During this four-year project, you will have significant freedom to explore ideas and make them real by designing chips.
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