Opportunities overview

The Emerging Radio Systems Group (EmRG) is currently seeking qualified Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) or Research Associates for multiple projects. The responsibilities of a postdoctoral fellowship are substantially different from those of graduate studentship. PDFs should be willing and able to:

  • propose, pursue, and carry out research plans with minimal supervision
  • publish and present research outcomes in journals, conferences or reports for industry partners, with minimal supervision
  • exhibit a high degree of professionalism and accountability with regards to research work and deadlines
  • engage and collaborate with graduate students and industry partners and support their research efforts, as needed

To meet these responsibilities, PDFs will need strong written and oral communication skills. Candidates must be able to communicate technical concepts and research findings with precision and clarity. Among non-native English speakers, preference will be given to candidates with an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher across all areas (TOEFL score of 100 or higher).

Specific position descriptions and requirements are listed for each of the projects below:

Instructions for applying can be found at the bottom of this page.

    Information for Postdocs

    Visit the University of Waterloo Postdoctoral Office webpage to learn about additional benefits available to Waterloo postdocs.

    Radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) design (now hiring)

    EmRG is pursuing a research project to develop deep sub-micron, integrated circuit solutions for massive multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO), beam-forming transmitters used in millimeter-wave radiocommunication. This project is part of a larger initiative to realize fifth generation wireless technologies or 5G.

    Position description

    We are currently looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow (or an experienced research associate) for this project. A one-year contract with competitive funding is available, starting March 1st, 2021, and may be renewed based on performance.

    The ideal candidate is a highly self-motivated individual with a strong theoretical background in the design and analysis radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFIC) for wireless communications. The candidate should also have demonstrated experience in the simulation, layout, tape-out, and testing and validation of integrated circuit prototypes. Key accountabilities of the position include:

    • conducting literature reviews and feasibility studies of emerging RFIC topologies, architectures, and design techniques for wireless communication hardware.
    • performing circuit and system-level design and co-simulation, layout, verification, electromagnetic simulation, and optimization as part of the tape-out process.
    • conducting laboratory tests on fabricated prototypes using the probe station, network analysers, and vector signal generators and analysers.
    • collaborating with group members and industry design engineers to meet tape-out deadlines; actively engaging in planning and design review meetings.

    Position requirements


    • candidates with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, with strong background in hardware design and radiocommunication circuitry will be considered for a postdoctoral position.
    • candidates with an MASc and relevant experience will be considered for a research associate position.


    • knowledge of RFIC design principles and best practices.
    • proficiency with circuit and system simulation and design tools, e.g. Cadence, Advanced Design System, and MATLAB.
    • solid understanding of radiocommunication challenges at millimetre-wave frequencies, and their implications on hardware.
    • experience with probe station measurements, vector signal analysers/generators, and vector network analysers is an asset.
    • experience with project management is an asset; candidates will be required to lead meetings, manage tape-out deadlines, and coordinate with internal and external collaborators.

    How to Apply

    The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Interested candidates should email a complete application package to Professor Slim Boumaiza, consisting of the following:

    • a cover letter stating your research interests and experience, and relating them to the research project described above.
    • a curriculum vitae, with three academic or professional references
    • an electronic copy of your most significant research publication (thesis, journal or conference publication)

    Please ensure all items are attached to the email in .docx or .pdf format, and include the position title in the subject line. We will respond to eligible candidates within a reasonable time frame. The call for applications will remain until the position is filled.

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