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R&D Software Engineer / PhD Candidate

Country:  Belgium
State / Province:  East Flanders
City:  Gent
Job Type:  Campus
Job ID:  36399

Job Description

Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets.

For the PathWave Software Solutions division of Keysight Technologies, we are currently seeking to recruit one R&D Software Engineer / PhD candidate.

The PathWave Software Solutions division of Keysight is a leader in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and empowers advanced electronic design for mobile, aerospace, and big data. We are looking for a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science to join a great team of software developers.

The PhD candidate position, limited to three years, is available within the framework of the European Innovative Training Network “MyWave” on “Efficient Millimeter-Wave Communications for beyond 5G Wireless Communications” on following research topic:

  • P2: Best practices design guidelines to cope with uncertainty propagation through the design cycle

The complexity of designs is continuously growing, also increasing the number of performance-critical parameters. Model uncertainty plays an important role in the final design performance. Therefore, the goal of this project is to test the limits of the current design flows and analyze how uncertainty, generated at the model, propagates into the realized circuit. Starting from existing structures provided by project partners, a modelling study will be performed, followed by fabrication and characterization, which allow to link back the reality to the simulation results. Focus will be the semiconductor technology used in the consortium (GaN, BiCMOS) in the mm-wave range. Out of this investigation, a ‘cookbook’ of best practices will be generated and widely published. Design guidelines will be shared within the network to help improving the results of each early-stage researcher (ESR).

The MyWave training network will provide the PhD student with a comprehensive set of theoretical and practical skills relevant for innovation and long-term employability in a rapidly growing sector. This highly innovative training will cover several inter-disciplinary areas. The PhD student will be enrolled in the doctoral program of KIT and will be jointly supervised by supervisors from the academic and industry sector. The PhD student will do a secondment at KIT and NXP.

Job Qualifications

Applicants must have a Master of Science degree or equivalent in a relevant electrical engineering or computer science discipline and should not have more than four years of research experience. 

For the PhD position, the EU ‘Mobility rules’ apply. This means that candidate students cannot have resided for more than 12 months during the period of 3 years immediately before the start of the PhD in the prospective host country, Belgium in this case.

Critical skills

  • C++ object-oriented programming
  • Python programming
  • Strong interest in robust and efficient software architecture
  • Good knowledge about software development tools and methodologies (IDE, Git, Jenkins, graphical and numerical libraries, Agile software development, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of Analog, RF/MW and/or High-Speed Digital Design
  • Demonstrated track record of being versatile, a quick learner, and a critical thinker
  • Fluent English required

Desired skills

  • Electromagnetic simulation theory and techniques
  • Parallel computing and cloud computing
  • Databases and algorithms
  • Cross-platform development for Windows and Linux
  • Application & UI Frameworks like Qt

Keysight is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, protected veteran status or any other protected categories under all applicable laws.

Privacy Notice: The Horizon 2020 ITN program requires Keysight to keep records of the recruitment and selection process in case these are requested in a future audit.  These records include your personal data and will be stored for 5 years after the end of the project. For further information, please contact privacy_advocate@keysight.com

Job Function

R&D Software Engineer



KTO - PathWave Software Organization

Employment Program:


Duration (temp position only):

> 24 months

Relocation Benefits:



Day Job


Full Time (F)

Travel Required:

< 25%

Staffing Recruiter:

Marina Anguiano Sole




Candidates can be considered to work from the following locations:


EMEA : Belgium : East Flanders : Gent



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