Master Thesis - Experimental characterization of high-frequency acoustic MEMS resonators (f/m/d)

Temporary, Full-time · VILLACH

Your future responsibilities
The performance of Radio Frequency filters used for telecommunication purposes mainly depends on the frequency response curve of their building blocks, acoustic MEMS resonators. SAL is working with new types of piezoelectric materials and resonator designs, hence the characterization of these devices is very challenging. To cover the need of today’s telecom applications to understand the temperature behavior of RF-filters, the characterization must be done in an extended temperature range. The goal is to extract the main resonator specific parameters from the measurements as a function of temperature by comparison with theoretical models. In addition, the question of yield, homogeneity over the wafer and reproducibility must be addressed. The thesis consists in electrical characterization and experimental validation of the various strategies for ensuring proper parameter extraction of acoustic MEMS resonators.

The main tasks consist of:

  • Literature review on electrical characterization of acoustic MEMS resonators.
  • Design and validation of characterization strategies (frequency range, resolution, sweep characteristics, T-ramps).
  • Experimental characterization of resonator performance using Vector-Network-Analyzer (VNA) and probe station.
  • Data processing and parameter extraction by fitting to theoretical models (e.g. Butterworth Van Dyke, application of impedance matching) on wafer level.
Your profile
  • Enrolled master student (university in EU) in Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Applied Physics or similar
  • Basic experience with electronic laboratory equipment (e.g., oscilloscope) and measurements, (experience with VNA prefered)
  • Experience in data and signal processing and evaluation
  • Good knowledge in either Python / Matlab
  • Self-organized and target-oriented working style
  • Good oral and written English skills
Important Facts about SAL
  • Full-time position (38.5), temporary: 6-9 months.
  • Diversified research activities with plenty of technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for further development.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4 per day food allowance in restaurants or € 2 per day in supermarkets.
  • Family & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA). For this position, we offer a competitive gross salary of EUR 1.863, paid 14 times a year.
About us

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronics and Software Based Systems (ESBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire ESBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, intelligent wireless systems, microsystems and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future 
Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2026. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated.

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