Funded RA Positions Available in RF Circuit and Embedded System Design

Our lab is seeking a prospective PhD student to work on the “Passive Wearable Sensors Powered by Intra-Body Communication Channel” project.

The study focuses on the development of a wireless, miniature-sized, battery-less (passive) wearable sensor that can be powered by a remote wearable device using the human body as a transmission medium. We intend to develop a device that is capable of transmitting an electrical (RF) signal through the human body and a passive wearable sensor that captures physical/physiological data. These passive wearable sensors can be placed on small parts of the body where it is difficult to package the sensor, embedded processor, communication modules into an integrated system. The study involves the development of investigational devices for prototyping the idea of passive body powered sensors.

Dr. Lee is inviting talented students to apply to join his team. The student(s) is(are) expected to be funded as a Research Assistant in the College of Information and Computer Sciences or in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Students should apply by sending their CV (or resume), cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to Prof. Sunghoon Ivan Lee at silee@cs.umass.edu.

Qualification

  • BS or MS in the related field of study (preferably engineering) with exceptional academic performance.
  • Candidates with a MS degree and/or prior research experience are preferred
  • Candidates with a record of peer-reviewed publication are preferred.

Required Skill Set

  • RF circuit designing and simulation – know how to debug, synthesize, prototype, and analyze RF electrical circuits. Must have previous experience designing a fully-functioning PCB.
  • Embedded systems programming (C language) – fundamentals and programming of low-level microcontrollers in C (beyond experience with Arduino)

Preferred (not Required) Skill Set

  • Embedded programming experience with BMD-350 (Rigado / Nordic Semiconductor)
  • Wireless power transfer – experience in impedance matching, manipulating VNA, Smith chart analysis, prototyping of matching & power transfer circuits